With all of the complicated, moving parts and people involved in making a movie, creating a successful film is an immensely difficult endeavor. Trying to capitalize on a successful film by making a sequel that lives up to the hype is even more challenging. Articles explaining why film sequels suck are a dime a dozen on the internet, and it's easy to understand why: most movie sequels do kinda suck. And even if they don't, it is pretty rare to find a movie that manages to completely improve on what was offered up in the picture that came before it. This can be even harder with sequels to action movies as, by the basic tenets of screenwriting, the major antagonist usually meets their demise at the end of the original film.
However, there have been some moments in time where all the stars aligned and film production teams managed to strike gold two times in a row. Put Speed 2: Cruise Control and Escape from L.A. out of your minds for this one. We're here to celebrate the films that made us excited to return to the theaters to carry on with our favorite action heroes. Movies like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Dark Knight. These movies didn't just live up to the standard set by their predecessors, they exceeded them. In an age of endlessly dull sequels, these movies stand out as paragons of entertainment.
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