Underrated chains of three from Rocky 3 to Clear and Present Danger

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Due to the nature of modern franchise world building, building a connected universe is more important than single focused storylines. It’s rare to see a real trilogy anymore. The days of a grand, epic triad capping a series with a definitive note, such as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of a King or The Dark Knight rises, feel very removed from the modern landscape. There are even franchises that seem to have wrapped up perfectly and have recently received sequels, such as: Bourne, Toy Storyand The Matrix.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore hopefully will revive that Harry Potter prequel series after the negative reaction to the last installment, Grindelwald’s crimes. It’s the latest threequel, which we already know won’t end things since David Yates and Warner Brothers are still racing forward with two more films planned.

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Many Dreiquels are widely popular and like movies Return of the Jedi, Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or The good the bad and the ugly are commonly cited as the best in their respective series. However, there are some threequels that weren’t fair during their initial release; whether they were financial disappointments or disregarded by their fan bases, these films deserve another chance. Here are seven underrated Dreiquels that are way better than their reputation suggests.

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The Enforcer (1976)


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1971s dirty harry is one of the most important action films of all time. Not only Don Siegel‘s investigative thriller launch one of Clinton Eastwood‘s most iconic characters, but the intense film ushered in a new level of grittiness that was different within the New Hollywood generation. The sequel from 1973 Magnum Force was also announced; while there is no villain as fearsome as the sniper Scorpio (Andy Robinson), Magnum Force is still a tightly wound mystery. Surprisingly the dirty harry Series remained largely consistent. The Third Movie, 1976 The executorShe provided Harry with a worthy partner Tyne Daly‘s Inspector Kate Moore. For a series so focused on glorifying law enforcement, it was crucial to present a character whose worldview challenged Harry’s.


Rocky III (1982)


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Rocky III changed the tone of Rocky Franchise. Like the original that won Best Picture, Rocky II mostly kept things grounded and serious. By the time Dolph Lundgren appeared as Ivan Drago Rocky IVit sank into utter madness. Rocky III spreads the border between campiness and emotion. Apparently, Mr T presents an aura of innate silliness, and he hardly plays a complex character. That being said, we introduce Rocky’s former rival, Apollo Creed (Karl Wetter) as his new mentor was a fun angle and led to an interesting friendship. Sylvester Stallones directing efforts were mixed, but he mostly stuck to his quality work in the Rocky Saga.

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)


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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is a good film caught between two masterpieces and therefore suffers in comparison. 1982s Mad Max 2: The Street Warrior Long considered one of the greatest action movies of all time, but in 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road managed to top it. Besides that, Beyond Thunderdome is still a very worthy entry in the series. Opening times are excellent; The motorcycle fights in the cage are simply exciting and Tina Turner‘s eccentric villain Aunt Entity was a very different villain than that crazy max seen the series before. While the final hour gets a little cheesy as Max rescues orphaned children, it still has a terrific final chase sequence that wraps it up Mel Gibson Run the series on a solid but ambiguous note.


Day of the Dead (1985)


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George Romero uses every movie within the Undead series on current political issues; even those ridiculed by the critics Diary of the Dead and survival of the dead presented some interesting ideas about Bush-era politics. During Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead are considered central zombie films, day of the Dead is just as strong. The film takes place after the pandemic has spread and there are more zombies than people. The remaining human survivors live in underground areas, and a group of scientists led by Dr. Sarah Bowman (Lori Cardille) and Dr. Matthew Logan (Richard Freedom) try to understand zombie behavior by “humanizing” them. The military officer Captain Henry Rhodes (Joe Pilato) completely ignores their research. In a haunting portrayal of Regan-era militarism, Rhodes drives humanity into conflict when he refuses to accept the possibility of a peaceful resolution.


Psycho III (1986)


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The thought that there might be sequels Alfred HitchcockThe classic from 1960 Psycho seems unthinkable, but the franchise is actually quite interesting. Go berserk Anthony Perkins‘ Norman Bates in the main character who Psycho Series was able to explore its complex psychology instead of just relying on cheap horrors. Psycho III is not as grounded as the more dramatic one Psycho II, but it offered Bates the possibility of a normal life. Norman falls in love with the nun Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid) and must wrestle with whether he will ever be able to forgive his past crimes and enter into a romantic relationship. Perkins stepped behind the camera for an impressive directorial debut.

Deadly Weapon 3 (1992)


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Deadly weapon 3 managed to capture the dynamic between Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) still feel fresh. In the days leading up to Murtaugh’s retirement, a new drug dealer calls him back into service, and for once the phrase “I’m getting too old for this” is appropriate. With buddy cop sequels, there’s always a risk that the relationship will go stale once the characters meet, but Riggs undergoes a surprising change of heart. He falls in love with her new partner Sergeant Lorna Cole (Rene Russo) and forms his first serious relationship since the death of his wife.


Danger Clear and Present (1994)


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Harrison Ford debuted his version of Tom ClancyJack Ryan is there Patriot Games according to Alec Baldwin started the character in The Hunt for Red October. Patriot Games is a good movie, but it steered the series in a more action-oriented direction. Ford got another shot with 1994 Clear and current dangerwhich retained the mysterious element of The Hunt for Red October. Ryan is forced to question his own patriotism when he discovers the US government is taking part in a covert war in Colombia. The final scene, in which Ford yells at the President for his cover-up, is one of his defining moments.


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