No Right Answer: Worst Third Movie of a Series Ever

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Copper Zen:
I'll admit to enjoying both movies, but then ever since Return of the Jedi came out I've accepted that the 3rd movie in a trilogy will most likely be of lesser quality unless the writers plotted the trilogy from the beginning--which Lucas, whom I won't grief, didn't.

The only real exception to this was The Return of the King.

No, I won't get into a debate on which trilogy was better--Star Wars or LOTR. To me they're like Matrix 3 and Pirates 3; so different in genre that they aren't quite comparable.

P.S.-----"Talanted"? "Baffoon"?

Were those misspellings deliberate? I hope so. They really distracted me.

Captcha: cheese steak

Thanks, captcha. Now I've got the munchies.

Buffoon was spelled wrong on purpose. Talented was not. Good catch, now to flog myself

B-but I liked Matrix 3...

Hell, I love the entire damn trilogy.

I hated it, it confused me

I'd say Terminator 3 for me is the worst offender
Maybe because I like Terminator 2 so very much
"Salvation" was ok. Not great but ok.


I still don't understand what people had against Matrix: Revolutions...

I still don't understand why Spiderman 3 gets the so much hate and ridicule.

Same here for Xmen 3. Sure, it hardly compared to the other 2, but awful beyond redemption? No.

Matrix 3 was my first thought when I read the title. I'm glad it won. Though I can't help but wonder if Spiderman 3 would have been a better choice to go toe-to-toe with Matrix 3. I can't think of anything redeeming about that movie either. I never saw Pirates 2 and 3, but an end of the world just doesn't sound as bad as how badly M3 and SM3 were shat on.

Compared to the original in the series Matrix revolutions is worse, but PotC: At Worlds End is worse. The plot made no sense at all even with suspension of disbelief, the action scenes were stupid (getting married in the middle of the final battle?) and the characters were unlikable. Matrix at least had two awesome fights even with its plot issues.
Honestly so many third movies are terrible, made more so by awesome originals its hard to pick one. Alien 3 for killing off Hicks and Newt like that, Batman forever going from dark and gritty to campy and annoying, Superman 3, Poltergiest 3, terminator 3, Spiderman 3, Godfather 3, X-Men 3 etc. For every toy story 3 or Lord of the Ring Return of the king there are 10 horrific mutilations with everything good whittled away to try to pander to everyone but end up just annoying everyone.

Godfather 3
Matrix Revolutions
Poltergeist 3 in my book was also horrible....

Maybe my standards are too high...

In my opinion Matrix 3 was the worse move, but Pirates 3 was the more disappointing movie.

With the Matrix, everyone knew that it had jumped the shark when the 2nd one came out. It was so terrible that there were no hopes that 3 would be any good, and so no one was surprised when it was crap. It became clear that the only reason why Matrix 1 was any good was because they'd stolen the story from another writer, and once they were on their own, the wachowski brothers couldn't scrap together anything close to as good as the original.

With Pirates, 1 was a surprise hit and 2 was a bigger surprise when it was even better than the first one. Then the third one came out and was a suckerpunch. No one expected it to suddenly be terrible.

To sum it up, I saw pirates 3 in theaters when it came out and was completely disappointed. Matrix 2, on the other hand, was so bad that I didn't bother to watch Matrix 3 till it was on cable, and even then it was just a movie my brother and I sat down to give the MST3K treatment. :P

How did Spider-man 3 not make the worst movie of all time? After that movie Sam Raimi and the writing staff should have been canned and barred from Hollywood. The Matrix 3 and Pirates 3 are bad in fact so bad I did not finish watching the 3rd pirates movie, but Spider-man 3 has to take the prize for worst movie in a trilogy.

Wriggle Wyrm:
I have to admit that I'm a little torn on which is worse, they're both just so god-awful in their own way.

By the way, does anyone know of any 3rd movies that are at least as good as their predecessors? With the exception of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade I can't think of any.

Personaly I would go with:
Return of the Jedi
The Return of the King
Back to the Future part 3
Toy Story 3
The Dark Knight Rises (maybe, need to see it again before I know for sure. My enjoyment of Nolan's Batman movies has reduced over the last few years)

OT: I liked Matrix reverlations. I did not think it was as good as The Matrix or Reloaded but I liked it. At worlds end on the other hand made my eyes bleed. That movie is so bad that every time someone watches it a puppy dies.

Reloaded and Revolutions were both pretty terrible, not to mention unnecessary. The first movie was left pretty open, and to be honest, I liked it that way. It just seemed like the sequels brought up a lot of contrived themes, in particular all of the crap regarding the Architect and The One's power being viable outside of the Matrix. I still have trouble wrapping my mind around it.

Frankly, I could say the same about the original PotC trilogy. Like with the Matrix, the second and third movies were more or less conceived at the same time, and as a result form a story arc that just feels too detached from the original movie for my tastes. And ironically, both series fell into the trap of bringing back their first movie's villain just for the hell of it.

As for which is worse, I would definitely have to go with PotC. While the Matrix got really preachy and ridiculous in the end, the action/fight sequences were always entertaining, and Revolutions at least brought a semblance of finality to a series that covered the same overall conflict throughout all its movies. At World's End not only uses Dead Man's Chest as a crutch, but ends up rendering a lot of what happened in the second movie irrelevant, introducing a large slew of characters that are hard to care about and ending with two or three bullshit plot twists.



I still don't understand what people had against Matrix: Revolutions...

I still don't understand why Spiderman 3 gets the so much hate and ridicule.

Same here for Xmen 3. Sure, it hardly compared to the other 2, but awful beyond redemption? No.

Matrix 3 was my first thought when I read the title. I'm glad it won. Though I can't help but wonder if Spiderman 3 would have been a better choice to go toe-to-toe with Matrix 3. I can't think of anything redeeming about that movie either. I never saw Pirates 2 and 3, but an end of the world just doesn't sound as bad as how badly M3 and SM3 were shat on.

X Men 3 is another one that gets shit on for reasons not good enough, not as good as the first 2 but as a movie it's average at worst.

X Men Origins Wolverine, now that movie makes X3 look like Shawshank by comparison.

Chairman Miaow:

Aliens 3 has to be trash compared to Aliens and Alien. They threw everything they build up the first two movies right out of the window.

I love Alien 3, really don't think it threw away everything from the first two. All the same themes are there.... actually, never mind, I know a lot of people don't like it, and I know I'm not going to change your mind. But I love it.

Resurrection on the other hand....

People were pissed off mainly because they killed Hicks and Newt in the opening scene, I can see why but other than that i think it's a pretty solid film.

Resurrection was complete and utter shit.

What does everyone have against Pirates 3?
So it was complicated, big fucking deal. You know what else was complicated? Inception.
As far as I can tell Pirates 3 has good characters, good action, good comedy, and a GREAT soundtrack, seriously go buy that shit on itunes. (or pirate it)

Note to mods: The above mention of piracy was clearly a JOKE since I was talking about a pirates movie. I do not endorse illegal file sharing which is illegal and bad.

Terminator 3, Spiderman 3, Godfather 3, X-Men 3, Aliens 3 are all 3rd awful movies.

I don't like to put them in the same category as Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Transformers 3 and Matrix 3, because they are sequels to movies in a steady decline. As much as I didn't like those movies, I didn't like the 2nd one either (and, in some cases, the 3rd one are even better)

it may have 8 movies to it but we're just going on the worse 3rd movie of a series then I'd say the third Harry Potter movie. There was no shrunken heads in the book and anything electronic doesn't function in Hogwarts. Not to mention the fading to black transitions was over done.

Really? Azkaban was, in my opinion, the best of the movies (Half-Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix being the worst). Then again, I am not a fan of the books, so I can only judge them as movies as opposed to as adaptations...

I'll also go with The Matrix Revolutions but this is mostly because I enjoyed the first film more than Pirates. HOWEVER I actually think Reloaded is worse. At least Revolutions had a grander sense of spectacle to fall back on in regards to the quasi-philosophical BS the series relished in.

From the options I can say that Matrix "Revolutions" was by far the worse of the two movies mentioned, in that I agree. The whole religion / science fiction storytelling thing has been done before many times, my personal favorite example of it would be Roger Zelazny's "Lord Of Light", The Matrix failed in what it set out to do because it failed to bring an appropriate resolution to the science fiction story and the religious meta-arc that made sense in both contexts and wrapped everything up. In many respects it failed for the same reason that "Evangelion" (for Anime fans) did, you can't gloss over the details of the ending and ignore half of the storytelling and establishment have gone on before and wind up using one aspect of the story to justify ignoring the rest of it.

That said the idea of computers taking people over is an old one, it was old even when "Ghost In The Shell" was using brain hacking. Tend to think of it in the scope of cyberpunk fiction where you have people entering virtual reality with their brains and interacting with computers that way, and all of the hacking and such that takes place there. This usually goes along with hackers downloading information into their brains via the interface and things like that. Inevitably in such stories you run into the idea of the virtual reality spawning actual intelligences, AIs, which then raises the question if people can enter virtual reality, and put part of it into their minds as data, what happens when something isn't just data enters their brain and controls them the way they control programs? It's a whole genere of science fiction, which "The Matrix" was drawing on heavily. Smith entering the real world wasn't really a problem, indeed the computer program entering reality was kind of an old idea before they did it, an dit would have been disappointing if they didn't pay homage to the trope.

By the same token the issue mentioned with "Pirates Of the Carribean" with the world actually ending has to be understood in the context of the movie. The world doesn't actually have an end, that's a manifestation of a spell allowing them to enter the realm of the dead, which is why they needed to get the assistance of a voodoo goddess, and couldn't just say sail for the edge of the map on their own. It's also why they needed to use a very specific ritualistic technique and flip the ship to escape.

As far as such things got, Pirates Of The Carribean at least wrapped up all aspects of the story, maybe not as well as it could have given the high expectations, but "Revolutions" simply did not. That said they both remained true to their concepts in the clear plot points.

Now, to finish this up for people who are bothering to read this I'm going to use "Lord Of Light" as an example of "how it's done" with the whole science fiction/religious crossover.

At it's core "Lord Of Light" is about a colony ship sent from earth that lands on a planet controlled by a bunch of malevolent energy beings. The guys crewing this ship, the military, are a bunch of genetically engineered guys with superhuman powers who fight off the threats of the planet and tame it for the colonists. Most notably a guy with massive scale energy control powers literally taking the entire energy species and imprisoning them. When the crew starts cloning the humans they are supposed to seed, they decide they want to do better than what happened on earth so instead of providing them with all of the technology they were supposed to have, they decide to have them build civilization from the beginning, while the superhumans watch over them and guide them in the guise of deities from Hindu mythology. They do things like put the entire planet under surveillance and use the cloning technology to create "reincarnation booths" where when people are going to die they enter the booth and their mind is transferred to a new body (which might not be human) based on how good the "gods" think they were on surveillance.

The predictable thing is that the story picks up after this has been going on for a few thousand years or so and a lot of the gods have gotten off on being gods and have no real plans to see people progress, and just want to run things for their own amusement. This leads to a rift in the crew, some assasinations, and a certain member of the pantheon disappearing, delcaring himself (believe it or not) The Great Buddha, and working to overthrow the rule of his old ship mates.

The entire story follows direct analogies to religious stories, where they could seem that way, but the "truth" actually involves superhumans with far future weapons duking it out. In cases where a certain story involves say the death and return of a specific character (like oh say, The Buddha) Zelazny doesn't really gloss over that, but finds a way for it to work within both paradigms. At one point having our hero climacticaly executed by his ship mates by having his molecules disassembled and scattered accross the whole planet so he couldn't revive by normal means, only to be returned centuries later by equal science fiction devices in the form of another "god" who sympathized with him having spent that time finding a way to re-combine his dispersed molecules (the character doing this having been given the chops to pull it off earlier with the story, especially when he was in opposition to the hero).

The point is that the climax of "The Matrix" was never really developed that well, the ending of the story got too mystical and forgot that it's at it's heart supposed to be a work of science fiction. What's more when it's over your left wondering what, if anything, was actually resolved. It fails in it's own analogy because as far as I can tell Neo, as the Christ figure, didn't actually bring about any kind of salvation, as much as a stay of execution.

Basically Revolutions sucked, I know exactly what they were going for, but the failed to achieve it, and as I explained above, I've seen the same basic type of story done better.

I'm going to ring my "worse than whatever mainstream nonsense you guys are on about" alarm. It's going to get progressively worse the more it sounds:

Spider Man 3
Free Willy 3
Terminator 3
Batman Forever

I'm even working off the strict sense of the third movie outright ruining a good thing... and not just a bad third movie in a bad series. I happened to like At World's End more than Dead Man's Chest. I found Revolutions... tolerable. Far more tolerable than the crap-slide that is Batman Forever. Exceedingly better than the bullet-hole in my butt that was TMNT 3.

So no, whoever you guys are who's show I've never really respected, I don't think you've made a proper "Worst Whatever" episode, again. You've done what you've always done, chosen, what is arguably, more controversially bad examples instead of the actual worst ones.

Am I really in that much of a minority for liking the third PotC movie?

I mean, that over Spiderman 3? Really?

Apparently I have bad taste in movies.

I thought PotC 3 was quite the masterpiece, and anyone who calls it a tangled mess just can't see the genius in it. Personally I found it quite easy to follow. The fourth one, though... Don't get me started.
Matrix 3... I wasn't really a fan of the whole Smith-possession thing, nor the giant baby-AI, but those things notwithstanding it was still a decent film with some excellent writing in it.

Worst end to a trilogy, then? I'll be honest, I'm very accepting of directorial decisions in movies. So long as I can understand the reason for a particular choice, I'm happy with it (though I may not like the decision itself). There are certainly some terrible, badly-written trilogies, but not very many good trilogies with disappointing final installments.
But assuming that we can include franchises originally planned as trilogies, I'm going to say Terminator 3. The first 2 were excellent, and not just mindless action flicks. But then a new director had to come along and ruin James Cameron's series by making just that - a mindless action flick that simply felt... empty.
The fourth one was... Interesting, but not particularly relevant to the franchise. I think it was set in an alternate timeline or something, anyway.
Oh, and not to mention that the third movie doesn't fit with TSCC in the slightest.

The first Matrix was a brazen rip-off of The Invisibles by Grant Morrison. They should have kept using his work and just paid him for it.

ummm Starship troopers? yes there is a 3rd and more.

Am I really in that much of a minority for liking the third PotC movie?

I mean, that over Spiderman 3? Really?

Apparently I have bad taste in movies.

Yes, yes you are. Spidey 3 has some really bad scenes and ludicrous characters, but it also has world class great scenes. The fights between gobby jr. and spidey alone are worth the price of admission.

But Pirates 3, unlike even Matrix 3, is unwatchable. I actually tried. I couldn't take it. To stupid, dull and boring.

The first Matrix was a brazen rip-off of The Invisibles by Grant Morrison. They should have kept using his work and just paid him for it.

I'll have to look into it. Have you read the Alan Moore series of Miracle Man, with Kid Miracle Man? I thought it was an "ode" to that. I'll have to see which pre-dates which.

EDIT: Miracle Man/Marvel Man by Moore predates Invisibles by a dozen years.


Agent Smith anyone? Nope. Kid Miracle Man

No Spider-Man 3?????


But everyone already knows it's the worst XD

This one made me think of a topic you could tackle. Best Actor/Actress in a Terrible Movie. For example, you could use Bill Nighy as an example from this current topic. Bill Nighy did a phenomenal Davy Jones, but the movie, not so good. Or, Jackie Earl Halley in the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. Terrible movie, but he really does a great job as Freddie. Just a thought.

As for this current topic, I'm going with Pirates. World's End really felt like a waste of time up until the final fight scene. That was the only saving grace of the whole movie. That fight scene in the whirlpool was very well done. Plus, it's the point where you realize that Elizabeth Swan is a more powerful Black Mage than everyone else (When everyone shouts Fire! in order, she shouts Fira! Check it out).

ummm Starship troopers? yes there is a 3rd and more.

I think it was the Worst 3rd Movie in a Series that's been in theatres. Starship Troopers: Marauder, I think it was called, never made it to the big screen.

I wish people stopped saying Matrix was a trilogy. It was just a single awesome movie with no sequels. The trilogy running gag is not funny anymore.

Did anyone else watch this and and think he was gonna try and cut chris with the plastic water bottle the way he was holding it? ^_^

I liked POTC3, meanwhile matrix 3 had the result of its entire fan base declaring that not only did 3 never happen but neither did 2. By law, all conversations about the matrix must contain the phrase, "it's too bad there was never a sequel."

At world's end gets a pass for Barbossa's and Davy Jones's Crowning moments of badass.

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