Top Ten Worst Sequels I Have Seen

Throughout the years, I have watched a lot of films and when there is a sequel I tend to feel 50/50 going into it since that there are times that sequels have failed to live up to the previous instalment. This is my top ten worst sequels that I have ever seen.

10: Taken 3: I only found out about this film when I saw a trailer for it and then seeing it the following weekend and boy was this a rather boring film. The film revolves around Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) trying to prove his innocence after being framed for murdering his ex-wife and having to evade the LAPD and Inspector Frank Dotzler (Forest Whitaker). During this whole escapade, we also find out that Bryan’s daughter, Kim, that she is pregnant. Kim then tells him that Stuart, her Step Dad, had started to act scared and has hired bodyguards which is out of character for him. He then finds Stuart who he interrogates to find out that he owed money to an ex-Spetsnaz operative, Oleg Malankov and he was the reason that Lenore (the wife) was killed. Bryan gets into Malankov’s compound and he and Malankov fight but it turns out that Stuart set them both up as it turns out that Stuart was the one behind the murder of Lenore. Stuart then takes Kim, this is near the end of the movie, but Bryan manages to stop them from leaving in a plane and contemplates killing Stuart but Kim tells him not to. In the end Dotzler arrests Stuart, Bryan is acquitted for his crimes and Kim says that she is going to name the kid after her mother ending the film. The film was a rather disappointment since that the ‘Taken’ portion of the film was in the third act and would have been a bit better if it happened during the end of the first (sort of like the first film). Also, Forest Whitaker was pretty much wasted through the film.

9: The Conjuring 2: I think that this film’s main story was okay since that it was pretty much the same that happened in real life. But the thing that I thought was the worst thing about the film being the story of The Nun. The first that we see of the Nun character was during the beginning of the film where Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga) are investigating the ‘apparent’ haunting of the infamous Amityville Horror where Lorraine sees her during a vision. She then sees the Nun again in their house during another vision and she then manages to write down its name in her bible which then comes up as a plot point during the end. But the thing that is rather stupid and more likely done for the film was that the ghost that was haunting the family was being used by the Nun. I just found it to be a rather useless plot device that was just there for pointless scares and building for a prequel spin-off to probably try and create the same hype as what Annabelle did.

8: Paranormal Activity 4: This series should have ended at three. The film takes place five years after the events of the first and second film. The film focuses on a new family that takes in their new neighbour’s son after his mother falls ill and weird things start happening to them. Alex and her boyfriend start recording the weird events that start happening and when she shows her evidence to her parent they think that she is crazy. In the end, Katie returns and kills the family and gets back her nephew. The reason why I think that this was a rather bad sequel was that having a cliff hanger ending at the end of two was something that could then give fans theories on what can happen and the third film being a prequel builds up on the reason why they are being haunted.

7: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: This is a bad sequel since that it pretty much had nothing to do with the original movie. This film focuses around a group of people that head out to the Black Hills where apparently in the film The Blair Witch Project was a film and they decide to see what they can find in the woods. But this ended being something rather different since that there was nothing to do with the Blair Witch. But strange things do happen to then such as them finding out that they had their research documents shredded and the camera destroyed but the tapes where perfectly unharmed. More strange things that make no sense happen through the film including dogs appearing out of nowhere but the strangest was the reveal at the end with the survivors showing them killing people, apparently under the control the Blair Witch but that’s not how it works.

6: Alien v Predator 2: Requiem: What would happen if an Alien/Predator hybrid landed on Earth and started impregnating people creating Aliens in a small US town. If you think that this would create a large epidemic you’d be pretty much wrong. This film is rather boring and it pretty much was an unnecessary film in the franchise.

5: Jurassic World: For this position, I originally had Jurassic Park 3 down for this position but I remembered about this film and why I thought it was a rather bad sequel. The film is pretty much the retelling of Jurassic Park but with the twist being that the park ended up being successful and people flock there across the world and head there the same way the Simpsons travelled to Itchy and Scratchy Land. The story focuses on several different themes. The first is about two brothers Zach and Gary who are shipped to the island to be with their aunt who is the parks operations manager so that their parents can have their divorce proceedings without the kids being around. The second story is about Owen Brady (Chris Pratt) who has been training Velociraptors intelligence and a InGen security chief (Vincent D’Onofrio) wants to weaponize the Raptors which they then do to track down the Indominus Rex. But then even more stupidity turns up when it turns out that the Indominus Rex that they have was not only a test tube monstrosity, but it killed the other Indominus that they had and it was smart enough to trick Owen into thinking that it left the enclosure but it then managed to escape and cause mass panic through the entire park and it manages to break into the Aviary and causes the dinosaurs there to rampage through the park causing more chaos. The ending for the film was also a let-down seeing the T-Rex (what we are supposed to believe is from the first film) fighting the Indominus but it wasn’t even the dinosaur that killed it. But with this film being a commercial success and a sequel scheduled which has started filming a few months ago there could be a chance that the faults may be improved from this instalment.

4: Spider-Man 3: Spider-Man 3 was a terrible film in the Spider-Man franchise for a few reasons. The first was that there seemed, like Amazing Spider-Man 2, too many villains with having Venom as the main, but he doesn’t really appear till the final act, Harry Osbourne as the New Goblin and Sandman where we see how he gets his origin story. The story was okay, Peter wants to marry MJ but strange things start happening when a meteorite lands in Central Park turning out that it contains a mysterious ooze. This ooze later in the film then bonds with Peter when he finds out that the person that was responsible for Uncle Ben’s death was the person that robbed the armoured truck giving him a new black suit that seems to increase his strength and he could beat Sandman this time round. As the film goes along the oozes influence starts making Peter’s attitude change but then Peter starts to realise this and heads to a church to get rid of the ooze. But the ooze then attaches itself to a new host, Eddie Brock, who has a lot of anger towards Peter since that he was the person that got him fired at the Daily Bugle. This then leads to a large fight scene where we see Peter having to deal with Venom and Sandman to rescue MJ, but unlikely help arrives when Harry, who has been trying to get his vengeance on Peter through the entire film for the death of his father, decides to help. But in the end, it was rather disappointing, Harry dies after being impaled on his glider saving Peter, Venom also gets destroyed with a pumpkin bomb and Peter forgives Sandman for accidently killing Uncle Ben and disappears into the wind. Overall it was a just okay, but it seemed to be rather hammy in places.  If anyone wants to see what would have made a better version of the film head to What Culture and see the How the Should Made video and it does make sense.

3: TMNT 2: Out of the Shadows: When I saw the trailers for this film I thought that it was going to be an okay film but after seeing it, I was heavily disappointed about the film. The first was being that the film seemed to revolve around elements that already had happened in the first film with the Turtles being at some odds with leadership and decision making. The plot of the film was heavily rushed during the first act of the film with Krang expositing his entire plan to Shredder and what the plot of the film was about. The ending of the film seemed to fall rather flat when Krang turns of Shredder as the Techno drome starts forming in the city and not seeing it be formed in the film was rather disappointing since that the Techno drome is a big thing in the Turtles franchise. Another thing that was bad was the debut of Casey Jones (Stephen Ammel) where his character’s interpretation for Casey was nothing like his counter-part since he was a tough vigilante that was raised on the streets and in the film, he is a corrections officer that turns into a vigilante since that he was responsible for Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady for escaping. But since that it now looks like that there won’t be a third film in the franchise hopefully a reboot can help make it a better film.

2: Friday the 13th Part 5/8: So, I am cheating with this one, both films are bad in the franchise with part 5 not even featuring Jason and it being a copycat killer that uses the lore of what has happened in the past. Part 8 was bad since that the film was called Jason Takes Manhattan and the only shots that we saw from New York were the establishing shots since that they couldn’t afford to film in New York and the rest of the film was filmed on a boat and the city was shot in Canada.  But with the plot of Jason not being the killer was rather interesting at first it was the rest of the film that I found rather boring since it meant that we had to wait a while for the reveal to happen and it just seemed to be rather flat. The other worse thing that happened for part 8 was having the main protagonist having visions of a child and then at the end in the sewers when Jason gets defeated it turned out that the child was actually Jason and that comes out of left field and makes no sense whatsoever.

 1: Halloween Resurrection: This film beings rather well continuing off the events of H20 where it turns out that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now been confined to a psychiatric facility after killing a paramedic that she though was her brother. Michael manages to find Laurie and she manages to chase him around the facility until they get on to the roof where Michael tricks her into lowering her guard where he then stabs her and throws her off the building. End of the film, right? Unfortunately, not since the rest of the film focuses on a new group of people that are here to take place in a livestream event at the house of Michael Myers to find out who had killed him. This then leads for Michael to return home and kill the people that are participating in this even except for two people who manage to survive and the Myers house burns down. However, the film then ends with a cliff hanger where Michael’s body is brought to the morgue (again) and he awakes. I think that this film would have been if there was a more of Laurie in the film or bringing up what happened to her son. Since that in the past it seemed to that Michael was targeting people that was in his family but since that he took Laurie out in the first ten minutes.

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Top Five Disappointing Games

Over the years there have been many video games that for me have been rather disappointing to me for many different reasons. This could be the one that blogs that I will then end up making more parts since there are a lot of disappointing games that I haven’t played yet.

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5: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2: One of the weirdest things is I originally had this game on another list for games that I would like to see be remastered. However I finally got round to play this game after updating it and this is rather bad. I came into this game thinking since that you are playing as a clone of Star Killer and you got to break away and thought it may have been rather fun to see what happened after you break out. However that was the complete wrong assumption. All the missions are pretty much cut and paste and it seems to really lack any context of a story. When you break out of the cloning facility you end up on a planet looking for General Kota where you save him and start he asks you to come with the Rebels to come up with a plan to take out that facility but instead you complain about wanting to find Juno. This then leads you to Dagobah where you find Yoda in the most pointless scene in the entire game and it seems to be such a waste even on PS3. Right here they could have done a similar scene as in Empire Strikes Back when Luke battles with Vader but instead a bit of a boring segment where Star Killer witnesses a vision of something happening to Juno on a Rebel ship. You head to the Rebel ship and find out that the plan is in motion and Juno gets kidnapped by Boba Fett, unfortunately even he couldn’t save the game and is the only brief appearance that you see of him. In the end you have a fight with Vader and have the choice of either choosing to have Vader be taken in by the Rebels and arrested or to kill him, again. I went with the good ending and I felt rather disappointed by the outcome of the game and rather glad that I didn’t have to pay that much for a copy of the game. I do hope that there will be another Force Unleashed game that is in some continuity to the new films since that there are a lot of games nowadays that do have a lot of focus on how doing good and bad things can have a change on how the game will progress instead of having once choice in the end to make your choice.

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4: LEGO Jurassic Park & Marvel Avengers: I am a big fan of the LEGO game series but ever since when Jurassic Park came out I started to lose faith in this side of the franchise. I do sometimes have a big problem when it came to these games when they came out and that was they were both just rips from the films that take place. With the Jurassic Park game the biggest problem for me was the fact that the audio transfer seemed to be one of the worst things that happened. The second thing that bothered me was that it seemed to be rather buggy when it came to activating some of the Red Brick bonuses where it wouldn’t show the location of certain items. My biggest problem however is with Marvel Avengers for the main fact could have easily made a sequel for Marvel Super Heroes instead of doing this. I don’t know if there were any legal issues that they had since the fact that one of there was a lot of missing characters but everything was the same from the first game especially the layout of the Helicarrier. What they could have done would to have done was a follow up with Thanos starting to conquer planets and you have the Inhumans requesting the help of the Avengers to help them with Thanos. With this we could have a rather similar design as what LEGO Batman 3 had where you could go to different planets. Hopefully they will be going back to the idea of using a creative story instead of movie re-dubs.

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3: Watchdog: I waited a while to get this game and even though I watched a walkthrough before-hand and I thought it was still rather good. But when I started playing more of it, the game did seem to be rather of a lacklustre game. You take on the role of a hacker trying to find the person that killed your niece, in all honesty this does sound on paper and maybe even for a film a good premise however playing through it was more than a rather boring sequence of events. The game is sent in a open world environment, like the previous Assassins Creed series that they made and has the same set up where you have to go to towers and unlock sections of areas where you can see what challenges there are such as Gang Areas or VR challenges. This does rather take out a lot of the exploration of videogames which I am glad that I believe that they added in for the sequel that they are taking that out so the exploration is in for the game which hopefully would make it a lot better. Another problem that I had with the game was the fact that you would need to be connected to the internet to interact with other people to do challenges that need to be done as part of tutorial which if you have your console away from the internet then that means either not doing it or moving your console nearer to where it can connect or boosting your connection, either way it can be rather irritating. Another problem with this game is that it seems to be rather repetitive once you get a third of the way through the game. Basically it’s looking through security cameras for your target, hacking mini-games, using environments to help you and so forth and it does get boring after a while. Hopefully with the sequel coming out in soon they might make it more better since that this felt more like a late PS3 game even on PS4.

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2: Elder Scroll Online: So I am going to keep this section rather short since that I already talked about this game last year when I did my review of it and man I wish it was a better game and I currently do have a better game than ESO currently and it is called Neverwinter. I started playing this when it came out and then around about late September I stopped playing it since that there were a lot of problems that it had such as really annoying issues. One of the main problems that I had with the game was that there were badly constructed dungeon areas. For instance one of the main quests that you had to do was going through a dungeon where you have to evade a dungeon filled with ghosts, which sounds rather easy right? The biggest problem is that it was a open dungeon and you have about eight or nine other people doing it at the same time. So every time that you ended up progressing, another person can easily screw you over to progress themselves then you have to start over again from the beginning. Then the counterpart to it is that there were a few campaign dungeons where when having a group is rather helpful since that there are a lot of rather annoying creatures that you can easily kill you especially if you don’t have the right equipment. Other than that it is a rather okay game but it since that it has been out for a year they may have fixed this but I’ll never know.

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1: Star Wars Battlefront (2015): Like with ESO, I have already did a review for this but I still find this to be one of the most disappointing games that has came out in recent years especially from one of the biggest franchises in the world. When Battlefront came out I was rather hesitant about it since that it was mainly a MMO shooter game which I really don’t like playing that much. Plus also when the game was in production there was suppose to be a offline mode which they did add on, nine months later which did really annoy me since there the only one a few modes that you could do offline but that was mainly tutorial modes and weren’t that fun to do. Another problem that I had with this game was that there were a lot of problems and bugs that the game had that I and a lot of people that I played with also commented on. For instance one of the bugs that we found was the invincibility bug where if a person crashed in a fighter they could take no damage whatsoever even when EA said that they had fixed the bug it was clear that they hadn’t. Another problem was that when you went to load in to the game when coming on it would change your weapon to what the first weapon is in the game which is rather strange since there were times where it would stay the same. The main problem that a lot of people saw with this game was that of the ridiculous pricing for the season pass. In the UK the season pass was £39.99 the game was £49.99. A £10 difference between DLC and the actual game is a rather annoying thing to see for a gamer like myself and I think that season passes should be half the price of the game. With LEGO Batman 3 I paid around £12 for the season pass and I got six DLC packs with all new content and more characters and I found more enjoyment out of that then I did for Battlefront. Another problem that I have with the DLC that makes it disappointing is the fact that if you have the season pass you can have advantage over your friends who don’t have it since that they get a two week head start. I think that unless it has console advantage like C.O.D all the DLC should be kept to the same time slot nonetheless.

So that is what I have got for this list make sure to stay tuned for the next blog coming up where I am going to be covering my top five games that I want to see be remastered,

Did Jurassic World Need To Be Made

When they revealed that Universal was going to be making a new Jurassic Park film I was over the moon when I heard it. But then after a few months I got rather distracted by other things and totally forgot about the film until this year’s Superbowl when it was shown in the trailers. Then fast forward to June and I got to say I do have rather mixed feelings about the film also for the fact that it was a third film that has been released by Universal and has been a major cash cow for them grossing over $1 billion.

The first thing is that I do think that it seems rather stupid with the plot is that they needed to genetically create a new dinosaur as an attraction as well to keep it locked up with barley and human contact. For the one fact that Richard Hammond’s idea of a park full of dinosaurs became real life why would people be bored with the current attractions. They seem to be pulling in more people that Disneyland from what we see of all the exterior shots of the park as well as the ferry load at the beginning of the film. Another thing in addition to the new attraction plot is that the creators of the dinosaur didn’t tell the people that were working with the other dinosaurs what it was made up of saying that it was a secret, only for it to be revealed in the third act and change the film. If they were just honest with what was in the genetic code of the new dinosaur then one, we could have a shorter run time of the movie, two they would have known how to try and recapture it just in case it was to escape and finally and majorly three there would have been a less of a death toll in the movie. In the first Jurassic Park film only five people died and that was then known as a PR nightmare but in this one there are tonnes of other dinosaurs that kill off people in this film so think of all the people that could have survived if the scientists weren’t dickheads. Also another thing in the story that seemed to be rather out of place was the story between the parents of the kids that sent them off to Jurassic World so they wouldn’t know that they were going to get a divorce. It just seemed like an unnecessary plot point for the film and seemed to just be a reminder to Clair that she should be spending time with her nephews. To be fair you could have probably cut out the kids and it would have been a better story.

In the third act of the film I don’t know why but is seems that it was heavily revamped versions of scenes took from all three previous Jurassic Park films since that the Raptor scene was pretty much similar to the Raptor pursuit in Jurassic Park where they’re going through the main lobby trying to get away from them, just with a modern twist. Way before that scene when they were looking for the Indominus Rex and then when the tables turned again seemed like a rip from The Lost World when the Raptors where basically picking off people one by one in the long grass. But then we get to the final homage/rip from Jurassic Park 3 and that is the battle between the two main dinosaurs where you have on one side the Indominus and then on the other side you had the T-Rex and I got to say that I thought it was going to be a bit of a bore but I think that it was okay but the ending of the fight was rather anti-climatic when the Mosasaurus basically shows up out of nowhere and pulls the Indominus into the feeding area and kills it. You have two of the biggest faces for the Jurassic series with the T-Rex in one corner and Indominus in the corner and to quote Ken Wantanabe said in Godzilla ‘Let them fight’ and that’s what they should have done. I wasn’t fussed that the Raptors had gotten in the way but let the main guys slug it out and see who has the better genetics.

Finally a thing that I do rather think that is rather disappointing about the film is that pretty much all the characters seemed to be your rather basic characters. For instance you have Vincent D’Onofrio’s character was the villain of the film because you could tell instantly from when he saw what the Raptors were like and that he wanted to use them for combat in place of expendable humans, in the same way that the US Government would use the Thing in Fantastic Four which I will get to in another blog, and from there the audience pretty much could some up what he was going to be like through the entirety of the film. Chris Pratt on the other hand seemed to be the only one that I seemed to actually like for the film since he seemed to be having a lot of fun with the film especially when you see some of the interviews that aired online weeks and weeks before the film came out and I rather liked it. But there were some scenes that I think were rather strange like how he and Bryce Dallas Howard’s character had supposed to have relations before the film and it just seemed to be rather out of place and in all honesty I don’t even think that this film needed a love story between these two characters. Also back to Bryce Dallas Howards character how the hell did she run around the whole island wearing heels that in itself should be a rather impossibility to most women to do except with rather good editing so there could be a scene somewhere in the film where she could be wearing flat shoes since it has happened with a number of shows and films.

But in all honesty I don’t think that this film should have been made the way that it did. I remember the idea that Ingen had in The Lost World where they were going to be making a Jurassic Park in San Diego and that seems more plausible for a film to use. Having the park located in a different part of the world instead of being based off the ruins of the old park would have been a lot better. For instance at least in the books Ingen has places in both California as well as Europe so that would had been a cool thing to see that being a group of Triceratops running down the Arch de Triomphe it would have been funny. It would have also given us a new element that they could have explored instead of using reused story elements from the previous film. I mean that they still could have used Isla Nublar but this time as the factory floor for the park and then have them transported to the park.

But I am looking forward to also seeing what they are going to do with the film since that it was a open ending that leads will end up leading into further sequels that would end up seeming pointless rather like Friday the 13th part 5.