Movie Sequels? You’re Having A Graph

February 17, 2011 by  
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Are sequels ever actually any good? With the announcement that Terminator 5 might finally go into production, the release of a third Big Momma’s movie and rumblings of remakes left right and centre, let’s end the debate with some statistical proof.

1. LETHAL WEAPON (1987-1998)

lethalwep100Lethal Weapon is the buddy movie – Riggs and Murtaugh are probably one of the best onscreen partnerships in cinema. But the series went on, it started to become more whimsical and less hard hitting until finally in 1998, Riggs and Murtaugh proved they really were too old for this shit.

2. STAR WARS (1977 -2005)

Starwars100Everyone knows that Empire is better than the other two in the original trilogy we’re not going to argue that point. But it’s funny to see the series fell off a cliff with Phantom Menace before desperately scrambling to make up lost ground in parts II and III.

3. TERMINATOR (1984-2009)

T2100The first two Terminators were brilliant and made an icon of Arnie and the hardest on screen female lead since Ellen Ripley in Sarah Connor. But their real asset was James Cameron whose direction assured their place as cinema greats.

Terminator 3 marked Cameron’s departure and the whole series started to cave in. Termintor 4 saw a world class franchise handed over to the director of the Charlie’s Angels movies. Say no more.


4. INDIANA JONES (1981-2008)

indiana100After three cracking movies, George Lucas decided that he needed more money for his palace of gold in 2008 and resurrected an aging Indie, pairing him with the charisma blackhole that is Shia LaBeouf. The results speak for themselves.

5. THE CROW (1994-2005)

crowpromo100There’s only one good Crow movie and it’s the first – Brandon Lee’s last on screen performance and a cult classic. Everything else has been a cynical attempt to cash in and universally appalling, culminating in Wicked Prayer’s enviable 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A reboot is in the works…


6. TOY STORY (1995-2010)

TS100Ah finally, a series where quality doesn’t deviate. Woody and Buzz’s adventures have never been less than absorbing and Pixar set the animation bar for years to come. If you didn’t shed a tear for the final instalment, you’re clearly some kind of emotionally retarded ice monster. Wonderful stuff from start to finish. Bliss.


7. DIE HARD (1998 – 2007)

diehard100Die Hard is the best action movie ever made, so that’s hard to top. Die Hard 2 was more of the same but with some planes and Die Hard 3 had the undeniable cool of Samuel L Jackson. 12 years later Bruce Willis returned without a vest but armed with the best explosions by far.

8. STAR TREK (1979-2009)

star_trek100Star Trek is an interesting one. It’s long regarded that every odd numbered Star Trek movie is awful, while every even one is great. This graph demonstrably proves it (until The Next Generation screwed it up a bit at the end). JJ Abrams put an end to that in 2009 though with a surprisingly good reboot.

9. ALIEN (1979-1997)

alien100Featuring one of the most iconic and recognisable monsters in movie history, Alien is still one the most memorable films ever made. Aliens in 1986 blended action and tension to create a masterpiece. The series dropped off somewhat with 3 and 4 – neither was unforgivable, but both were starting to scrape the barrel.

10. ROCKY (1976-2006)

rocky100The undoubtably brilliant Rocky slipped further and further into mediocrity as the series went on. It seems that exactly like Rocky, Stallone didn’t know when to quit. But Rocky Balboa, 30 years after the character made his debut, was an unexpectedly decent film (albeit utterly implausible).

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  1. evdama says:

    Agree with all except Toy Story – The cowgirl ruined it in a “Scrappy-Doo” sort of way,so the graph should dip in the middle with TS3 creating a new peak.
    No mention of the Shrek franchise either??

  2. Jez Sands says:

    I quite like Jesse… There will be a few more of these in the future, so I’ll make sure to put Shrek on it.

  3. Rich says:

    I agree with evdama. Toy Story 2 was slightly weaker than 1 & 3 but still outstanding, and TS3 was definitely the high point showing just how much Pixar (and all of us) have grown since the 90’s, an unbelievable film.

    Also, I thought Star Trek IV was pretty weak and it seems you may have given it a peak just to prove the ‘rule’ about the even numbered ones being good (agree with all the other Trek placings though).

    Alien 3 > Resurrection purely for the last half hour.

  4. sam says:

    I generally agree with you, but feel you are being a bit harsh on phantom menace; get rid binks and the film’s ok. They could have also made alot more of darth maul,the worst film in the whole series has to be attack of the clone. I find the film boring and the action and fight sequences are chaotic (especially the stadium fightscene); so much that they can not be enjoyed. Revenge of the siith could be considered the biggest letdown as the film storyline offered such great potential.

  5. Jez Sands says:

    Rich – I genuinely like Star Trek IV, I promise you, I’m not trying to swing the graph structure – plotting em as I see them. I think in future I might leave the background lines in – over long series like the Star Trek one, it’s hard to see that I rate First Contact rather highly.

    Probably agree that Alien 3 is slightly superior to Resurrection.

    Sam – I’m harsh on Phantom Menace because it’s where GL completely lost the plot, deciding that special effects could cover deficiencies in plot and structure. And Binks should be strangled with his own tongue. Yoda pushes AOC up marginally…