Here are a few rules.
The movie has to be a sequel and not a reboot. It can however be a sequel to a reboot.
I must have watched the preceding movie in order to judge fairly (this one seems obvious)
The list is in no particular order thereby alleviating the pressure of actually having to choose a winner.
It has to be the second in a series. I know this excludes movies that kicked ass in the third act (No Matrix, sit down, your third act sucked!) but its more fun to think about the second as opposed to the third, or fourth or seventh if you're into Police Academy. Or Saw.
10. X 2
The original X-Men was pretty cool, except for Storm's dealbreaking line when she electrocutes Toad. But X-2 has this great Mutant agenda issue that I really liked. Nightcrawler was pretty awesome. So was Mystique. Mystique rocks.
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended edition)
Most of you will know that this is my favourite movie of all time (even though if I had it my way the entire trilogy would be one long ass comrades marathon of a movie.) I love the sense of despair. There is a scene where Wormtongue sees the Uruk army and is filled with overwhelming fear. Nom. The scene where Aragorn falls to his knees. More nom. His will was resolute but his legs were like 'to hell with this'.
8. Big Momma's House 2
Yep. You read right. This movie was vastly superior to the original and reminded me of a time before Madea came along and ruined it for black guys in fat suits everywhere.
7. The Dark Knight
God I love this movie. Well, everything except Maggie Gylenhaal. But then she died and all was right in the world.
6. Blade 2
Blade is iconic. Blade is trendsetting. Blade is a boys night in movie. Blade 2 is action action action. Even the word processor agrees with me as there are no red squiggly lines underneath the repeated words.
5. Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
Chilled Monkey Brains. The more I think of it, the more I can't really remember the first flick except for the scene where the guy does the elaborate sword display and Indy shoots him. But chilled monkey brains is where its at.
4. 28 Weeks Later
This was the first movie that I saw with Waseem D so it has that warm fuzzy feel to it. Adding to the warmth are Zola Bud Zombies who run around like Chatsworth kids on Sugars.
3. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
I didn't like the first Narnia movie. I don't know why. I wasn't into the Ice Queen. Maybe because I have always imagined Kate Blanchet in that role (retrospectively I mean, I never read the books) Maybe if I have some time I'll go back and check the spelling of Blanchets name - I wouldn't hold my breath if I was you.
2. Addams Family Values
This is tough - I loved the first but this one seemed darker and just more fun. The Bambi scene - good stuff.
1. Saw 2
There are more Saws in the world than there are ice cream flavours at Mozart. Saw 2 remains my favourite because everything was contained. This was not a bunch of random folk who were getting their comeuppance for not paying their TV licence or opening the door for a Cancer patient or whatever ridiculous justification the Bald dude needed to torture them while touching himself. I like how they had to work with and against each other. And lets not forget the needle scene. You can't do that shit in SA - You will get AIDS and die!
So yeah movie buffs - by all means correct me, endorse me or just add some that I might have overlooked (because I thought they were crap
List of memorable sequels that missed the cut.
Final Destination 2
The Hills have eyes 2
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Mission Impossible 2