Lights, camera, ACTION! The world of action movies has given us some unforgettable characters, heart-pounding moments, and epic one-liners. While some films have spawned multiple sequels, others have left us yearning for more. In this blog post, we dive into the exciting world of action movies that deserved a sequel. From Sylvester Stallone’s iconic Cobra to the high-octane Tango and Cash, join us on a wild ride as we explore these untapped franchises!
Cobra: The Birth of a Trilogy:
“Crime is a disease. Meet the cure.” These words perfectly capture the essence of Marion ‘Cobra’ Cobretti, played by none other than Sylvester Stallone. Cobra was the epitome of coolness and a total badass cop. It’s hard to forget his iconic mirrored sunglasses and the way he wielded that customized Colt 1911. A sequel to this cult classic would have been a dream come true for fans. Stallone’s dedication to his characters and the action genre would undoubtedly keep us on the edge of our seats.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Sylvester Stallone actually wrote the screenplay for Cobra himself?
Commando: Matrix Strikes Again!
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Commando took the world by storm with its intense action sequences and unforgettable one-liners. John Matrix, a retired Special Forces Colonel, single-handedly took on an entire army to save his kidnapped daughter. This movie had all the ingredients for a thrilling franchise. Imagine more high-stakes missions, explosions, and Arnie’s charm. A sequel or prequel exploring Matrix’s earlier adventures would have been a welcome addition to the action movie universe.
Quote Alert: “Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last? I lied.”
True Lies: More Spy Adventures Await!
In True Lies, Arnold Schwarzenegger portrayed Harry Tasker, a secret agent living a double life. This film expertly blended action, comedy, and thrilling espionage. Harry Tasker was a unique character, reminiscent of James Bond and Ethan Hunt. A franchise exploring Tasker’s further adventures would have been a blast. Imagine the possibilities of Arnie and director James Cameron teaming up again for more explosive spy action!
Fun Fact: Did you know that True Lies is actually a remake of a French film called La Totale!?
The Last Boy Scout: Buddy-Cop Gold!
Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans delivered a solid action-thriller with The Last Boy Scout. Their on-screen chemistry, combined with Bruce’s ass-kicking skills and witty humor, made for an unforgettable experience. A sequel would have allowed us to delve deeper into their unlikely partnership and witness more thrilling adventures. Fans of the buddy-cop genre surely missed out on potential sequels to this gem.
Dolph Lundgren’s Punisher: A Marvel Missed Opportunity:
Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominated the superhero genre, Dolph Lundgren’s Punisher showed us a gritty, hard-R version of the character. Lundgren’s portrayal captured the essence of Frank Castle perfectly, and the movie delivered all the action and drama expected from a Punisher film. A sequel could have further explored Castle’s war on crime, leaving us craving for more of Lundgren’s punishing performance.
Double Impact: Double the Van Damme, Double the Action!
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Double Impact introduced us to the twin brothers Alex and Chad Wagener, seeking revenge for their parents’ murder. This film showcased Van Damme’s incredible martial arts skills and cemented his status as an action star. A sequel teasingly hovered on the horizon but never materialized. Imagine the dynamic duo taking on new adversaries in exotic locations, delivering jaw-dropping fights. It’s a missed opportunity that still leaves fans yearning for more Van Damme action!
Tango and Cash: A Franchise for the Ages
Tango and Cash brought together two action legends, Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone, in a high-octane buddy-cop blockbuster. The chemistry between the two actors was electric, and the movie had all the ingredients for a mega-franchise. Unfortunately, a sequel never materialized, leaving fans wanting more of the explosive action and witty banter that made the original film a hit.
Road House: Dalton’s Legendary Legacy
Patrick Swayze’s Dalton in Road House was a force to be reckoned with. His character brought a fresh intensity to the action genre, and his bar-brawling skills were second to none. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see more of Dalton’s adventures as he stood toe-to-toe with any opponent. A sequel could have pushed the boundaries even further, showcasing Dalton’s legendary badassery.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League: A Dark Bat-Verse Untapped
Zack Snyder’s vision for the DC universe brought a darker and grittier tone, with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill perfectly cast as Batman and Superman. The star-studded ensemble, including Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher, brought their characters to life with unparalleled intensity. Justice League had the potential to be an incredible franchise, but sadly, creative differences derailed Snyder’s vision. A sequel could have further developed this dark Bat-Verse, providing fans with more epic superhero adventures.
Sinners and Saints: William Kaufman’s Thrilling Gem
Sinners and Saints, directed by the action maestro William Kaufman, was a low-budget gem that kept audiences on the edge of their seats. Johnny Strong’s performance added an intense layer to the dark story set in New Orleans. While a sequel may no longer feature Strong, the movie is still worth checking out for action aficionados seeking a thrilling and gritty experience.
The untapped potential of these action franchises
Action movies have the power to transport us into a world of adrenaline-pumping excitement. While these films may not have received the sequels they deserved, the impact they left on audiences is undeniable. From Cobra’s coolness to True Lies’ spy shenanigans, we can’t help but imagine the untapped potential of these action franchises. So grab some popcorn, relive the memories, and let’s keep hoping that Hollywood grants us the sequels we crave. Until then, let’s continue celebrating the action heroes and their unforgettable adventures!
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