Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Some 'Should Be' Sequels

Each year you can hear the grumblings of movie-goers who are upset, saying, 'It's the summer of sequels.'

I don't know if 2013 is the summer of sequels, but July certainly seems to be. Despicable Me 2 is dominating the box office. Grown Ups 2 fell flat at theatres and even flatter with the critics after opening last week. Red 2 is coming this Friday and The Smurfs 2 will be out at the end of the month.

Sometimes it is annoying to see sequel after sequel on the posters in the hallways of the movie theatres. However, some characters and stories deserve several installments.

How anyone decided that Grown Ups was one of them is beyond me, but there are a few sequels that I'm still waiting on. Take a look at my list of some 'should be' sequels.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

After Nicholas Cage proved he could draw with the two National Treasure movies, he took on the role of a mentoring wizard in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

The movie did make money, but only because of the foreign gross. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice made $63 million in the U.S. and $152 million in other countries, making the worldwide total $215 million.

The budget for the film was $150 million.

Obviously it didn't do as well in the States as Disney would have liked. Still, it made money. More importantly, it was an entertaining movie. Each cast member had a certain charm, the special effects were A-grade and the movie did a better job than Harry Potter at making wizarding cool.

Balthazar Blake (Cage) was like a mix between the Merlin you probably remember from The Sword in the Stone and a super hero you’d expect Marvel to create.

Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel) was the young teenager who was learning the tricks of the trade and trying to grasp the fact that he was one of Merlin’s heirs. It doesn't appear that there is anyone who is any rush to make a sequel

Salt (2010)

The movie set up a sequel perfectly. After killing the man responsible for killing her husband, Evelyn Salt escaped FBI custody and ran off into the snow-covered woods next to the Potomac. While she was still an enemy of the state, she was also an ally because she was off kill the rest of the Russian agents trained to bring down the U.S.

Salt 2 has hit several roadblocks to becoming a reality. Different writers, Angelina Jolie still not signed to be part of the movie, and the fact that it didn't break any records at the box office all hurt the chances of a sequel becoming a reality. It seems like there's interest, however, as the project is still alive, even if it's on life-support.

I don't have high hopes for a sequel though. With each passing year, it will become a bigger challenge to get movie-goers to care about a movie that had a less-than-stellar performance at the theatre.

The Incredibles (2004)

The Incredibles was one of the movies I waited years to see. It wasn't that I thought it would be bad, but I just didn't expect it to be good. After I watched it, I was hoping to find out that a sequel was released without my knowing it. That wasn't the case though.

I'm not sure why a sequel hasn't been made yet. It was an entertaining movie. As far as I know it made money. I guess this one can go down as one of the (minor) mysteries of the universe.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

I know there was some controversy with this movie. The whole Brad Pitt dumping Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jole thing kind of put a few people off. Still, I'm a little surprised a sequel wasn't made. The movie wasn't incredible, but I thought it was worth a sequel.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith was about two a married couple who kill for hire, but don't know the other is an espionage agent too. By the end of the movie, they are both well aware of what the other does. That kind of happens when a hit is put out on both of them after messing up on a job.

The script of the second movie almost writes itself. The husband and wife team now teams up to take on a new foe. It doesn't have to be anything fancy or complicated. Sometimes the simplest approach is the best.

I'm not sure any of these movies will ever be made, but maybe one day. Who knows?

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