Sequels can be awesome, but can also be terrible. I know I’ll get some flack from people for saying a movie will be bad before I actually see it, but it’s hard to go see a sequel when it’s predecessor so SO AWFUL!
This month comes a few sequels whose parent film was so bad I can’t fathom how a sequel was justified! Below are a few films I’m refusing to see. Opinions and disagreements are welcome in the comments section.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Plot Summary: Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room… until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade, points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history. – From Comingsoon.net
My Justification: I fell asleep, literally, while watching the first one… henceforth I’m not too keen on seeing this sequel. I guess I was expecting a more substantial plot line rather than beautiful people combined with massive explosions. The first film detracted from Sherlock Holme’s intellect and made him more of a last action hero. And with the massively positive response from the general public, I can only imagine the second film will be nothing but MORE of that! I’ll be passing on this film.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Proticol
Plot Summary: Director Brad Bird and Producer J.J. Abrams bring us the action packed, entertainment event of the holiday season with “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”
The new film in the series, which has grossed $2 billion dollars worldwide, will feature a new team: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg.
This is not just another mission.
The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this. – From Comingsoon.net
My Justification: Mission Impossible was great as ONE film. But sequel after sequel proved the franchise not to be that riveting. I love Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast, but Mission Impossible is simply NOT my thing. The films forgot what what made the series so good…and what made it SO good WASN’T the amount of special effects poured into every minute of the film.
Alvin And The Chipmunks – Chipwrecked
Plot Summary: The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a remote island. As the ‘Munks and Chipettes try various schemes to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. - From Comingsoon.net
My Justification: There’s very few films based on cartoons from my childhood that are cinematic works of genius. Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman, and others like that are landmarks in film making based off of old cartoons. Having grown up watching the Chipmunks, and having seen the first film, I can honestly say that this sequel is simply not worth the price of admission for me.