Let’s not get into how trilogies function. There have been some great trilogies and I vehemently respect the filmmakers’ ambitions to expand their horizons to construct a cinematic world, which they probably dreamed of during their careers. But the whole concept of a trilogy has now become synonymous to failed franchises.
Most trilogies are a set of three films because the critics and audiences were left restless by the shenanigans on screen, and the producers decided to drop future plans. And in most trilogies the third film is the final straw, and has the potential to even mess up all the love you had harbored for the trilogy. They just serve as an exercise in minting money with directionless substance that is intentionally left inconclusive so that a follow-up can be materialized. I’ll be looking at some disappointing final films in trilogies that may not have been bad, but were surely very disappointing after the standards the original had set. Here is the list of 15 most disappointing third parts in trilogies:
15. Blade : Trinity (2004)
Directionless third movie plot? Check. No definitive style? Check. Bad Luck Gosling? Check. Rhythm-less fight sequences? Check. David Goyer maybe a good writer but it didn’t make any sense when he succeeded Norrington and Del Toro to direct the final film. The move only reeked of the producers’ decision to not put any effort because the first two parts had already cemented a solid brand name.
14. Home Alone 3 (1997)
Home Alone 3 is a funny little film with silly slapstick humor you find in almost every child related comedy flick. The first film didn’t essentially focus on a superhuman kid who successfully beats a group of hitmen, working for a terrorist organization. Yes, you read that right, an 8 year outsmarting a team assigned to steal a $10 million computer chip. The third part swiftly loses the essence of Christmas and the importance of relationships, which the original immortalized.
13. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)