Ever liked a film so much that you just wanted no more of it. You’re not alone.
The film economy in its simplest form is a money making machine, spouting out millions of dollars on special effects and car chases. In one of these many action films we find a gem that really entertains us and keeps us talking the next day. ‘Taken’. Taken is a perfect example of an idea that is great for a stand-alone film but not a sequel. The success of Taken even took Liam Neeson by surprise but that doesn’t mean we wanted more of it. A daughter is kidnapped and the father must search for her, kicking, punching and torturing anyone that gets in his way. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. And fool me thrice, get out.
Disney’s ‘Frozen’ came out in 2013 and is making more money than ever, from little girls hair extensions to Frozen tissues. In all honesty, I haven’t watched Frozen but I don’t need to, to know that the film has been a monstrous success. It’s hard to find yourself walking down a shopping centre and not hear ‘Let it go, LET IT GO!’ being screeched by a group of 10 year olds skipping down the street. So why all the talk of a sequel? Why ruin a successful movie loved by the nation for more ‘success’ and money? Because the film economy is a money making machine. It wants your money. Not your love of art of your fine appreciation of good film. I think I’ll leave my faith in sequels to the guys at Marvel, they’ll know what to do with it.
Written by Abigail Remmer, Film and TV Editor