The rule of the sequel, as recently set out by Muppets Most Wanted, is that it’s never quite as good as the original.
However, Gareth Evans’ ass-kicking sequel The Raid 2 is currently smacking, stabbing and shooting its way through cinemas. The film is a real triumph and the perfect example of a sequel that manages to exceed the original in just about every single way.
But this is far from the only example of a quality sequel. Here are the top ten.
Scarlett Johansson is currently filling multiplexes alongside Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But she’s also planting her footprints all over the indie scene with Jonathan Glazer’s erotic sci-fi Under The Skin, which is attracting rave reviews from the critical fraternity.
I thought it was mostly pretentious rubbish, but there was something that stuck out to me as interesting. Amidst its navel-gazing and excessively long shots, there’s a message that emerges about body image and the perception of sex that is definitely worth examining.
Note: Do not read past this point until you’ve seen the film.