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5 Of The Worst Movie Franchises

Updated on October 21, 2013
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The Dark Knight Phenomena

In recent years, the Batman (The Dark Knight Trilogy) movie franchise has stepped up a gear and established itself as the best superhero franchise around. Spiderman (the Tobey Maguire version) probably comes in second. These two franchises have managed to achieve what many others have; keep people interested after the first movie. Batman, especially, maintained the great momentum developed in the first film and even surpassed it with the fantastic conclusion in The Dark Knight Rises.

Creating sequels has become the norm; Hollywood seems to be suffering from a severe lack of original content. The box office seems to have an endless array of sequels. Book adaptations and bringing comic book heroes to the silver screen also seems to be a popular way of avoiding the risk of original Hollywood scripts.

However, with every Batman there are a couple of failures like the infamous G.I. Joe. Here are five high profile creative messes that have failed to meet the high standards set:

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra
G.I. Joe: Retaliation

5. GI Joe

The franchise has only two movies in its locker, but there is enough of a carcass for critics to feed on . In spite of the great tech on show, the films are too fast paced and offer very little in terms of an intriguing storyline. The makers of the films assume that they can win over the fans by throwing in a couple of futuristic gadgets amidst a sea of high octane action

Marion Wayans taking on a serious role did very little to help the first film. They shook up things by adding a couple of A-list actors to its cast in the second; The Rock (who seems to be swallowing a tad too many steroid pills) and Bruce Willis (the new cameo king).

Lets hope they don't bother us with a third instalment!

Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez | Source
Resident Evil
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Extinction
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Resident Evil: Retribution

4. Resident Evil Franchise

The video game was great, the first film okay (mainly because of the sexy and kick-ass duo of Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez); but then the franchise decided against putting any effort in developing a credible plot. After five instalments, all we are left with is the knowledge that Milla Jovovich is sexy when 'massacring' zombies. The films are so bad we can't stop watching. Even bringing Michelle Rodriguez back couldn't help; THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH SHE CAN DO, GUYS!

New Moon
Breaking Dawn Pt. 1
Breaking Dawn Pt. 2

3. Twilight Franchise

The franchise that promised so much yet delivered very little. Nowhere have vampires been so dull and uninteresting. Turning the franchise into a sappy, romantic threesome did very little in attracting a masculine crowd. The vampire theme has gained popularity in the last decade or so, but Twilight certainly chips away at its macho, thrill-filled image.

The one positive is its fantastic soundtrack.

Twilight finished off the franchise with a well-earned collection of 7 Razzies (Golden Raspberry Award) in 2013. Most notably, the second part of Breaking Dawn took the award for worst picture of 2013.

Revenge Of The Fallen
Dark Of The Moon
Age Of Extinction

2. Transformers Trilogy

It started with a bang. The visual effects were fantastic...the transformations cool. From the critics viewpoint, the first film was good...the second disappointing. And the third got a deserved bashing from critics. These is a sample of one critical response,

Rarely has a movie had less of a soul and less interesting characters.

Michael Bay (Director) has signed on for a fourth instalment. All we can do is cross our fingers and hope.

The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions

1. The Matrix Trilogy

The Matrix is one of my favourite all-time sci-fi flick. Therefore, when the sequel turned up to be a superman wannabe mind-warp; I could barely hide my disappointment. Fortunately, there was an expected third instalment and I dared to hope. Lets just be glad that they aren't going for a fourth attempt.

The Matrix was, in my opinion, a pioneer of the modern action film; where special effects enhance a fan's viewing experience. Neo dodging bullets on the rooftops, is one of the most iconic action scene in movie history. Why didn't they just stop at that point! Instead, we had Keanu Reeves fly around like some kind of lame 'superhero'. I, honestly, felt embarrassed for the character. The creators of The Matrix needed to understand why Batman is much more popular among the non-comic-reading movie-goers than his Krypton-born colleague.

The high concept 'Matrix' theme was hard enough to understand in the first film without them confusing us further, down the road. What a sad ending for such a promising idea.


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      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      The first G.I. Joe was stupid fun. Far from great, but I didn't regret watching it. Then again, I saw it on TV, so I didn't pay for it. Haven't seen the second one.

      I also thought the first Resident Evil to be more or less effective. Again, nothing memorable, but I kinda enjoyed it. However, I've never cared enough to watch the others.

      I despite Transformers (the first one) so I've never seen the other two.

      I'm not a fan of the original Matrix either, and the sequels aren't any better.

      I haven't seen a single Twilight film, and I don't think I ever will.

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      Alex deCourville 

      5 years ago

      With Resident Evil, I joke that any similarity between the movies and the games is entirely coincidental and unintentional.


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