Ironically, these threequels have one thing in common – they are so absolutely terrible their badness can be measured only in Kelvin degrees. This isn’t a list designed to merely point out the multitude of bad threequels in existence – that conversation could go on all day. We hope you have more fun reading about them than i had watching them.
There is no way to rate which threequels is worse than another because, in most cases, they’re equally terrible – so i’ll just list them, pick the one you feel was the worst of the bunch and let you make your own decisions from there. A few notable exceptions, such as ‘Toy Story 3’ or ‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ actually managed to live up to expectations.
Check out my run-down of the terrible threequels to good movies (or, at least, entertaining) to ever hit the big screen. Did your favorite make the list?
Spider Man 3 – Unfortunately, ‘Spider-Man 3’ ruined the fun. Venom was completely wasted as a villain, and we only wish we could forget that terrible sequence where Peter Parker (Toby Maguire) turns into a dancing, emo, jazz piano-playing weirdo.
The Godfather: Part III – Tough call, but ‘The Godfather: Part III’ is unquestionably the worst movie in the Godfather trilogy.
The Matrix Revolutions – “The Matrix Revolutions” is by far the worst movie of the three, the main character “Neo” is stuck in an imaginary train station (a transition zone between the Matrix and the Machine City) for half the film. He gets out just in time to fight a pointless battle where he loses intentionally, and finished by getting turned into Jesus.
Shrek the Third – This computer-animated fantasy comedy film looks great visually, but it’s basically the same plot as the original and it’s not nearly as funny or smart.
Jurassic Park III – the second movie was just good enough to pass. Unfortunately, any attempt at a decent storyline was thrown out the window by the third film.
Blade: Trinity – ‘Blade: Trinity’ falls so far off the deep end that it nearly goes into “so bad it’s good” territory. While there’s plenty of action and cool gadgets, the story and characters lack any real personality.
Alien 3 – ‘Alien’ remains one of the best action horror movies of all time, but things quickly degraded after that. The third film has a terrible script where the actors are basically running away and cursing constantly. ‘Alien 3’ is really not a scary movie, the action is lame, and it’s a bit depressing.
Jaws 3-D – The claymation-like shark from ‘Jaws 3-D’ just makes people laugh. Seriously, the lack of effort put into the animation and production of this film is staggeringly low. It’s probably the funniest horror movie ever.
Resident Evil: Extinction – Resident Evil is one of the few successful movie series based on a video game, but the novelty started to run out by the third film. ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ is basically an excuse to have Milla Jovavich running around screen for an hour and a half. It’s really amazing that the series continued after this bomb.
Rush Hour 3 – You might chuckle from time to time at the main characters’ antics, but this movie is not nearly as well thought-out as the first two.
X-Men: The Last Stand – You can’t just kill off a large number of the main characters because it’s the last part in a trilogy!
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ has a lot of cool, action-packed scenes near the end, but the plot is terribly boring before that. After the fighting is over, the film degrades again into an unbearable love story.