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It's a generally accepted fact that there are very few good prequels; George Lucas certainly cemented it as a truism in the popular consciousness... In fairness, it is hard to create a compelling story when the audience already knows the ending, and it's difficult to explain the origins of characters who the audience already know without flattening them and making them less interesting. But while there have been some utter disasters â€” The Phantom Menace, Hannibal Rising, the list goes on â€” there have been a handful of others which have been well worth watching. Here we list 10 of the best movie prequels of all time.
The Martin Scorsese movie The Departed was, of course, originally based on a wildly successful and quite brilliant series of Hong Kong cops-vs-triads thrillers. The prequel to the original Infernal Affairs, Infernal Affairs II sets up all of the intrigue and counter-intrigue which takes place in the first movie. The Chinese series was probably even more acclaimed and respected than the American version, and the second movie in the series was considered almost as good as the first. Just like The Departed, the film is set over a number of years and involves moles working for both the gangsters and the police, attempting to work their way deeper into each others' respective organizations. Tension reigns throughout...