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LATE REVIEW: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for another film review and today I’m finally gonna be talking about Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, I was meant to see this opening weekend at the latest, but working and timing with my sister had prevented me from seeing it sooner. I really liked The Maze Runner last year, it was a much better film than I expected and even though a sequel was laid out for us at the end of that film, I was curious to see where the next chapter in this series would go. So fast forward a year and now we have The Scorch Trials, so is the film good or bad, well read on and find out!

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The story can be described as the following:

“After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.”

I thought the story was good. Scorch Trials isn’t a rehash of the last film, instead it expands into the larger world with these special facilities and remnants of former cities where society have chosen to live. This film expands the mythology of the world, gives more context on the Flare virus and what’s needed to cure it and explores the history of Thomas and his involvement with WCKD. There was a lot of drama, tension and trust issues between not only the Glade people, but also amongst themselves. That being said there wasn’t too much that was significant or amazing about this story, and those who weren’t into the first film probably won’t care for this entry in the series either.

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As for the cast let’s start with Dylan O’Brien who was good as Thomas, in this film Thomas is still the main source of a lot of the drama, mystery and danger that goes on in these films, but he’s also dubious of people trying to help him, wants answers to his past and wants to help people affected by WCKD’s schemes. I also liked Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt and Ki Hong Lee as Min Ho, both of them had some good moments to shine and be important, especially when it comes to Min Ho (my boy). I also enjoyed Dexter Darden as Frypan, and Alexander Flores as Winston. Kaya Scodelario did well as Teresa Agnes, her character was a little quiet and insignificant at first but then she became much more interesting later on. Also Jacob Lofland as Aris Jones was my favourite new character to come out of this film because of his resourceful nature and slightly odd interactions with people.

Then there’s Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito who were great as Brenda and Jorge, these two have a history together and I liked how they factored into the story and their interactions with Thomas were great too. Aidan Gillen as Janson, wow, this guy is charming, relaxed and full of info, but he’s also an undercover douche and you can tell from the beginning that something’s off with him. Gillen is just great at playing the bad guy and he does that very well in this film. Patricia Clarkson returns as Ava Paige and she’s just as cold-hearted and into her work as ever, and I enjoyed Lili Taylor’s performance as Mary Cooper, this character helped give more information about the world and connected more pieces about Thomas’ past. Alan Tudyk makes an appearance as Marcus and his character is pretty strange but very funny and enjoyable, Tudyk is just a guy that makes me smile and I love it when he has a memorable appearance in a film. And when it comes to the presentation, its good. Visually the film is good with some nice scenery, visual effects and action sequences too.

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In conclusion Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is different kind of film from the last one, however it is different in the right kind of way. The story is interesting, the performances are good and the action is pretty good. While it won’t convert people who were’nt fans beforehand, I believe that this is another solid film in this series and I hope that it’ll get a solid conclusion with the next film.

Rating: 7.5/10

So what did you think of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and let me know. Until the next time, see ya later! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Conjuring Review

Howdy people! After just over a week away from the cinema I return from the depths for another film review, but this time its of the HORROR film The Conjuring! OHHHHHH! Well the reason this is a big deal is because I actually don’t like horror films and actively try to avoid them because I don’t like being scared in films. But since my mum and sister were going I decided to tag along because at least I wouldn’t be alone. I’d heard so many good things about this film and the hype was massive… So imagine my disappointment after the film when I’d realised that the film wasn’t all that impressive at all.

The story of the film goes a little something like this:

“In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Parren move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Parren family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.”

I feel like the story starts out very good. There was a good amount of focus on not only the Parren family but also on the Warren couple too, that balance was handled nicely. I loved the story surrounding Ed and Lorraine Warren and their paranormal adventures, it was some interesting and cool stuff. And the initial point when the crazy haunting activities start to begin its there where the film gets you hooked in and freaks you out because you don’t know what’s coming. However once the main threat is revealed and the last third of the film kicks in that’s where the film loses steam and falls into the category of ‘been there, seen that’, you know? And that really bugged me. It was original, intense and creepy, but in the third act the film just lost its scare factor and if a horror film isn’t scary then why does it exist?

When it comes to the cast I have no problems with them at all, they were all solid and put in some great performances. Vera Farmiga was wonderful as Lorraine Warren putting in a very convincing, chilling and dramatic performance. While Patrick Wilson was great as Ed Warren, his character was. Both Farmiga and Wilson had great chemistry and on-screen presence. Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston were good as Carolyn and Roger Perron, their characters were obviously at the center of all this chaos at the supernatural happenings start taking place and I liked their work in their roles too. Even all the child actors were good and not that annoying kind you find in most films.

In conclusion The Conjuring while it had the look and tone of a good horror film and a good cast, I just didn’t find it all that scary and that’s the problem. While I’m not a fan of being scared shitless in horror films, if a film is meant to be scary then I want it to SCARE me and this film failed in that regard. I’m probably in the minority who didn’t overly enjoy this film but yeah if you’re horror fan you’ll probably find an entertaining experience with this film.

Rating: 6/10 (Not nearly as scary or as impressive as I was expecting)

So have any of you lot of there seen The Conjuring and if so what are your thoughts on it? Was it the horror film you were looking for or was it another unimpressive attempt at this genre of film? Whatever your views are drop them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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