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"U.S. Marshals" (1998)
Sequel to: "The Fugitive" (1993)
Did it kill the franchise: Yes
Why it was so unnecessary: You know your sequel is in trouble when it isn't even able to capitalize on the name from the original. It wasn't like they could bring back Dr. Richard Kimble and have him be framed for murder by a different one-armed man, so instead they put US Marshal Sam Gerard on the trail of a different wrongly-accused fugitive. Basically, the writers took a thinly plotted Wesley Snipes thriller and added Tommy Lee Jones occasionally saying grumpy things. While it was nice to have Joe Pantoliano, Tom Wood and Daniel Roebuck around for continuity, "U.S. Marshals" seemed to constantly be justifying its existence and could never find the remarkable narrative clarity that made the first movie so special. And, of course, more turned out to be less when it came to Gerard, who didn't suddenly become a bad character here, just less charmingly cranky. "U.S. Marshals" isn't an awful movie. It's just a thoroughly average thriller that never needed to exist. Its box office was fittingly mediocre, not enough to qualify as a bomb, but certainly not enough to justify another installment.