Kill It or Keep It: Resident Evil, Fast and Furious, Transformer, and Planet of the Apes

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All percentile review scores shown in the video come from Rotten Tomatoes.

Franchises have aided in giving America its own style of filmmaking. Though they can be found being made in most major movie making countries, nobody does it like America.

Some have been around longer than most of us, and others are barely starting.

Though the first one on this list has only been around since the early 2000s, it honestly feels like an eternity since the first one hit the silver screen (mainly because they’ve been overstaying their welcome for quite some time).

Resident Evil

In terms of live-action films alone, the Resident Evil franchise has gone on for 6 movies.

Add on the animated films and that total comes up to a whopping 10, which is quite a large number considering the franchise is about 15 years old.

Want some icing on the cake? Despite the final installment, titled The Final Chapter, being released less than a year ago (December 2016 Japan and January 2017 US), the team behind the franchise is already working on a reboot.

They hope to get the reboot film out by 2018, and it will (obviously) have a whole new cast. The only name currently attached to the project is James Wan as producer.

James Wan’s previous works include the Insidious trilogy, Furious 7, and the Saw series.

I absolutely love James Wan’s work (when he is at the helm), but this franchise needs to end.

Though it did give us a badass zombie slaying female character played by Milla Jovovich, it has also given us 9 live-action hours of bat-shit crazy nonsense and milked talent.

Trashy films are my go-to type of films, but the lack of interest emanating from this franchise by the actors involved makes it so hard to watch. It’s been milked for far too long, and the IP needs time to regain its momentum.

Fast and Furious

On the opposite end of the long-running franchise built on bat-shit craziness spectrum is The Fast and The Furious franchise.

Simple answer: No.

Keep these films coming!

Almost no one expected all these movies to stem out of a simple movie about street racers stealing CRTV/VHS combos, but I’m sure we’re all glad they did.

Though it has already gone on for 8 films (with 2 more to come), no one involved in the FnF series has shown any signs of wanting to stop.

With each new addition they bring into the “Family”, the dynamic between them all just gets better and better. It’s like the french fries of films; the more the merrier.

Despite the huge hit to the heart the franchise got with the passing of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the other producers seem set on trying bigger, better, and more explosive things with each new installment.

They show a true passion for making these films, and we’ve shown them a huge passion in watching what they come up with next.

Transformers

Honestly, I thought there were more than 5 Transformers movies; could’ve sworn Bay and his team were on like 6 or 7.

When the first Transformers graced the silver screen back in 2007, viewers enjoyed seeing Shia LeBouf get some more work and we all fell in love with the muted bumbling Bumblebee.

Or, at least I did.

However, as the franchise has gone on, the only reaction movie goers get now when seeing a new trailer is, “fucking hell, another Transformers movie?”

Despite the lull in excitement, they keep chugging on, making new installments and leveling large portions of highly populated cities.

Back in April, Michael Bay gave us all the news that he has 14 more films planned.

Not 14 total. 14 MORE.

14 total is shocking enough. 14 more films in addition to the already existing 5 is a whole other level of insanity.

Normally, I would say that Bay and everyone behind Transformers need to…hit the brakes, buuuuuut after hearing Bay’s intentions behind these films (having fun and keeping people employed) I’ve gained a feeling of appreciation for his whole process.

Though you can attribute that same excuse to damn near every franchise; it’s Michael Bay’s first thought when filming so I give him and this franchise a special pass.

If he wasn’t such a sexist, maybe I’d actually like the man.

Perhaps, he’s not a sexist, though. Maybe it’s just his Creators Curse telling him, “Sexy = Money; MAKE MORE MONEY.”

Only Bay will truly know.

Planet of the Apes

Original Film Series:

  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Television Series:

  • Planet of the Apes (1974) FOX/CBS
  • Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975) FOX/NBC

Reboot Film Attempt #1:

  • Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001)

Reboot Film Attempt #2 (also maybe a Prequel):

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
  • Dawn of the Rise of the End of the War for the Planet of the Beginning of the Apes (eventually)

9 films, 2 television shows, and 1 major video game release spanning almost half a century.

Holy Kong, that is a lot of Apes content.

The original Planet of the Apes turned out to be both a massive critical success and financial success. Bringing in almost $33 million off its estimated $6 million budget and resting at a very high 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

It not only pushed the power of practical effects for its time, but it also gave us one of cinema’s most iconic scenes of all time.

Then Tim Burton came in and rubbed his pompous nose all over, almost rendering the whole franchise moot with one big flop of a convoluted film.

Thankfully, FOX has managed to turn it all around, breathing new life into the Apes series by handing it off to Matt Reeves and writing duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

Though neither of the 3 have any huge works under their belts prior to Apes, they’ve proven their skills by giving audiences an extremely tense and interesting preluding storyline to the blockbuster film of the late 60s.

Though I did say in the video above that I had not seen any of the recent films, between then and now I watched and rewatched the first two rebooted/prequel films.

I went into them expecting to get that same feeling of, “just let it die,” but, surprisingly, I left with a hunger for more Andy Serkis as Cesar.

His performance is out of this world, and the special effects only get better and better.

I hope this series ends up connecting to the original 1968 film, but if it went on its own path I’d be perfectly fine with that; JUST GIVE ME MORE SERKIS!

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