5 Action Movie Sequels That Totally Sucked

By Dotun Ola

While most sequels are terrible, the action movie genre has an oddly good track record of producing follow-ups that are just as entertaining as the originals. The follow-up to the iconic space monster movie from 1979, Aliens, is a high-octane thrill adventure that ranks among the greatest in its category. Unquestionably superior to the first Terminator movie is the sequel. The Road Warrior, Mad Max’s follow-up, is also a classic. The Die Hard sequels have generally been relatively fantastic (except anything made after 1995). Having said that, some sequels simply don’t deserve to exist. For you, we’ve gathered a few of them. Many of them are old. A few of them are brand-new. They are all bad.

1. Dirty Harry: Dead Pool

Dirty Harry: Dead Pool
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Clint Eastwood is one of our favorite actors, and the Dirty Harry series is legendary. Magnum Force, Sudden Impact, and even The Enforcer, the series’ lackluster third entry, are all classics, and the entire 96 minutes of the 1971 original are still worth watching. Sadly, the series ended with the fifth and last episode, the 1988 movie The Dead Pool, in which Harry tries to apprehend a serial killer who is killing some of Hollywood’s D-list celebrities. The action scenes are shoddy, the script is terrible, and the premise is ridiculous. For the most part, Eastwood gives the impression that he is kind of phoning it in. Positively, Liam Neeson portrays a sleazy, ponytailed music video director (the pretty far cry from his goon-squashing CIA operative in Taken). Not insignificantly, you also get to see Harry use a harpoon gun to kill a person.

2. Sicaro: Day of the Soldado

Sicaro: Day of the Soldado
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Denis Villeneuve has directed several excellent thrillers before establishing himself as the prestige resurrector of vintage science fiction movies. The best of these was the 2015 film Sicario, which follows an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who becomes involved in a cartel investigation and is transported across the border to investigate the violent, dark world of the Mexican drug war. The movie successfully combines elements of an action movie, character study, and political thriller. Unfortunately, its follow-up, Day of the Soldado, uses the same premise and essentially turns the original into a parody.

3. Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence
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Will Smith beat the crap out of an alien in the 1996 film Independence Day? Smith kills the alien with just his fist, sits down, starts a cigar, and declares, “Now that’s what I call a close encounter.” Briefly said, this movie was pretty much the most remarkable thing we had ever seen when it initially came out. For those who are unaware, the plot includes a massive extraterrestrial spacecraft invasion of Earth. There is mayhem, terror, and a lot of explosions.

Regrettably, Roland Emmerich, who directed the movie, attempted the same stunt again 20 years later with the dreadful Independence Day: Resurgence. Will Smith, who should have known better, opted out of this, while other original cast members like Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman continued to participate. The original lacks the energy and enjoyment that it once had. Although the sights are impressive, the movie’s overall mood is depressing and dull.

4. Bad Boys II

Bad Boys II
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It’s difficult even to begin to describe how awful this 2003 film is on so many different levels. Although the 1995 version of Bad Boys wasn’t perfect either, this one is a true reverse masterpiece of revolting garbage.

It goes like this: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are Miami police officers. Yet they are also brothers. The two are investigating drug dealers in Miami when horrible things start to happen. There are then purported explosions and laughter. Since there isn’t a plot, you shouldn’t really be concerned about it. Because the movie is “funny,” Smith and Lawrence squander your time with scripted jokes that seem machine-generated.  The plot devolves into an incomprehensible orgy of violence every 10 to 15 minutes, frequently involving car chases, automatic weapons, explosions, shrapnel, cursing, and other irritating things. Although these sequences are designed to be exciting, they are really just loud, lengthy, and tiring to watch.

5. Speed 2

Speed 2
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The original Speed from 1994 is fantastic. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are on a bus with a bomb strapped to it, and they must accelerate quickly to prevent the bomb from detonating. Simple, stupid, and immensely entertaining is how it works.

Speed 2: Cruise Control, the 1997 prequel, isn’t as fortunate. In it, Jason Patric has taken Keanu’s place, and a boat has taken the place of the bus. Bullock is still alive, and she and Patric sail to the Caribbean on a luxury cruise liner. Unfortunately, the villain of the movie Gieger, portrayed by Willem Dafoe, hijacks the boat and causes it to crash into an oil tanker. Despite having a potentially entertaining premise, the film is nevertheless terrible. According to the critics, the tale is set on a leisurely boat that lacks the excitement of a bus hurtling through the streets of Los Angeles. The movie received several Raspberries and is considered one of the worst sequels in history.