In today’s cinema, every amazing movie seems to carry a less-than-satisfying sequel or two. In the case of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, there are six movies in the series with a seventh on the way.
It was announced in Time magazine this week that actor Lucas Black, who played Sean Boswell in the third installment of the series, is returning for “Fast and Furious 7.” They predict that there will be a “Fast and Furious 8” and “Fast and Furious 9” as well, which I feel is absolutely ridiculous.
How many “Fast and Furious” films should we be subjected to before it is considered overkill?
I have not given another look to “Fast and Furious” since the second film, appropriately titled “2 Fast 2 Furious.” However, I thought it would be interesting to watch “Fast & Furious 6” when it hit theaters last spring, so I bought a ticket.
There were two disturbing thoughts that ran through my head when watching the film. The first was that the movie was all action and little plot, with a miniscule amount of character development. The second thought was that I was not lost watching the movie whatsoever. I did not watch the third, fourth or fifth installments, but I was able to pick up the sixth installment as though nothing took place in between.
This shows how far behind the series left its roots.
I hate to pick on the “Fast and Furious” franchise because their success is quite impressive and a bit unbelievable. They are just one of the most recognizable examples of a quickly progressing trend of “milking the cash cow for all it is worth.”
And the same tragic event is taking place with “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
According to several sources over the past month, the fifth installment of the series is slated for a 2016 release. If it is as inadequate as the last sequel, “On Stranger Tides,” I will not be pleased. The series should have ended after the third film, but it seems as though anyone will watch a film with Johnny Depp as the lead character.
It seems as though very few feature films can stand alone anymore.
I am not sure if Hollywood ran out of original ideas along the way, or if directors forgot what a “risk” is.
And if you do not see this trend taking place, please look to the sequels that are in theaters currently or coming out soon: “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “Insidious – Chapter 2,” “Planes” and “Paranormal Activity 5” (as if the first four weren’t painful enough).
Movies have more of an impact when they do not have many other films connected with it. It is time for producers and directors to start being more original.
I would much rather see a new film with an interesting concept than the third installment of a movie with the same concept as the first two. I’m looking at you “The