Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is Strange Take On The Book


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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is an explosive horror-action film, but is not a well-delivered sequel. The Scorch Trials stars just minutes after where the first film concluded. The band of Gladers are flown to a remote fortified outpost. The group just survived a massive maze of monster-like machines. The creators of the maze are hoping to find a way to use their immunity to the virus. As the film begins, Thomas realizes they were all prisoners of the World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department (WCKD). A mysterious group then rescues Thomas and sends them to a secure facility, where they can eat, sleep and slower. They are once again left to figure out whether their rescuers are friend or foe, leading them to find a way to escape.

Thomas who is played by Dylan O’Brien ends up in “The Scorch,” which is the barren desert that was once civilization and is now home to super-storms and scoundrels. The Scorch Trials is again directed by Wes Ball, who directed the first film. This time Ball, makes major changes in the storyline while adapting it for the big screen. Those who are fans of the books will question many of Ball’s decisions. Ball relies too heavily on the overdone post-apocalyptic stories.

While Ball does not directly adapt the book to his film, it’s still a worthwhile movie-going experience. The Maze Runner delivers a fresh and often haunting story. With The Scorch Trials tied to the previous film, moviegoers will not understand the story, if they did not see the original film. The Scorch Trials is an entertaining thrill ride, with a deep mystery that slowly unravels throughout the trilogy. The Maze Runner does not tackle any social issues of the day. The Maze Runner steers clear from making any discussion about humanity. This second chapter of the series falls flat and leaves viewers not inspired.

This second film has been able to better develop the character of Thomas, turning him from a newbie into a strong and brave leader. This film also can explain why Thomas has become a hero and what their connection is with WCKD. While Thomas steps up, the other characters are given very little room for dialogue or engagement. Ball failed to balance the new characters with the old characters as well as the new story. There are some thrilling moments in this film, but nothing that packs a punch.

For those who are fans of The Maze Runner, they may find this film enjoyable, but its failure to follow the real storyline may leave many viewers angry and disappointed. The film could have been made better, and the characters should have been given time to talk and have face time with the audience. If you have read the books, it’s better if you just re-read this book. Especially in today’s world, where we have Imax theatres, this movie has no justification for moviegoers to shell out money for the Imax experience.

January 23, 2018

Trailer Review – Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay


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From its long, rich history of comic book appearances, to its 2016 live action movie adaptation, there’s no doubt that Suicide Squad has gotten incredibly popular over the years. Its newest animated film, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, released a trailer this year that gave fans a sneak preview of the movie. While the lineup certainly has changed, the danger hasn’t. With new foe on the horizon, Amanda Waller must rely on the Suicide Squad to defeat it, even at the cost of their lives.

The trailer begins by introducing the members of the Suicide Squad. After seeing familiar characters, such as Harley Quinn and Deadshot, and unfamiliar ones, like Captain Boomerang, the team is sent by Amanda Waller to hunt down a murderer who may very well prove to be their match. From the clean animation to the adrenaline-packed action scenes, to even the sarcastic humor, this may very well prove to be yet another interesting adaptation of the Suicide Squad.

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While the trailer does reveal the major characters in the movie, not much else is revealed in regards to their development. Both Deadshot and Harley Quinn are one of the most recognizable members of the Suicide Squad. Not only that, but Amanda Waller is also present, and is shown to be, at the very least, influencing them, if not outright controlling them. What’s more, seeing Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad sparks the question of whether or not the Joker would make an appearance, or if their relationship would even be explored in this movie. But what of the other characters? What’s their story? More importantly, would they be able to connect with fans who prefer different reincarnations of the Squad? And what about the villain? Just who is “history’s bloodiest immortal”? What makes him so frightening, so much so that Amanda Waller had to call in the Suicide Squad?

However, the following dialogue, “I don’t take orders from murderers”, tends to lend itself to the more traditional themes of the Suicide Squad. Not many people like the fact that the others around them can’t easily be classified as good or evil. Because of this, it’s wonderful to feel the vague hope that the Squad may return to civilized society. Even so, this is entirely predictable. Audiences have felt these emotions in the comics, as well as in the other movies.

Nevertheless, the action sequences are stunning, and the animation is neat, to say the least. The hard rock music was wonderful and emphasized the action sequences and the movie’s fast-paced plot. The barrage of bullets flying through the air certainly pumps adrenaline into the scenes, as well as Amanda’s mysterious aura. It certainly gives the viewer something to look forward to.

Overall, the trailer seemed appropriate for the Suicide Squad, despite it being a bit predictable. Like the other Suicide Squad movies, the premise was the same, one where the movie seemed to show more of the character’s immorality, rather than their goodness. Still, despite this, the trailer did the Suicide Squad justice and promises the movie to be one that all fans will enjoy.

January 22, 2018

The Maze Runner (2014) : Movie Review


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Pretty thrilling James Dashner’s has some great movie adaptations, and this is among his best-selling novels This movie commences with some pretty exciting sound effects. A young boy, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), wakes up with amnesia. He comes in a big box filled with farm supplies. He cannot remember any event in his past life. This is a nice storytelling trick that engages the audience. He later discovers that he is the latest member of the glade and meets other people (gladers) who also have amnesia. The movie gives the sense that they have been living there for a while.

Structure and leadership in the glade

Everyone in the Glade is assigned duties according to his or her skills. By the leadership of Alby (Aml Amleen), a well-built young boy assigns duties without too much resistance. They built shelter, grow crops, and one thing that’s weird is the boys are happy living in the glaze although it’s a prison. There is a huge wall made of cement that surrounds them. It has only one opening which routinely closes in the evening. Another weird fact to mention is the inside walls of the maze. It rearranges all the time after closing like a board of puzzle.

A group of runners always run in the maze once the door opens. They promptly search for an exit before the door closes. If not back, they are locked inside the maze. There is no glader who has ever lasted a night in the maze because of the merciless grievers (spider looking humongous monsters).

How they socialize and divide, themselves is interesting. There are divided into two groups with their own leader. Ally leading one and Gally( Will Poulter), leading the other group. Gally is one person that lacks any future visions. He is more of an eruptive character always ready to cause disruptions. Thomas, the hero, later forms his own group with a new glader, Teresa(Kaya Scodelrio). She appears in the glader immediately after him, which has never happened before. She doesn’t do much in the movie but a great cast all the same. There are quite some best parts in this movie.

Gorgeous and sublime visuals

The imagery is well created and makes the glade look like a real existing building. You have to give thumbs up to the visual effects team.

Interesting supporting cast

The supporting casts do a very splendid job. They know their roles pretty well and ensure the hero (Thomas) is never overshadowed. Well thought to direct. The movie brings out different interesting twists that glue the audience.

Cons: Theresa’s American accent is unconvincing. She does not do justice in the American speech. She struggles a lot to give out an original accent that is a fail.

Not that original

The movie itself is okay but not original in some of its parts.
Characterization There are two characters that take the movie to another level, Thomas, and the grievers. Thomas really connects with the audience in more than one way. He gives out the impression of both a scared and a true leader. Also, the grievers do an outstanding job of inflicting freight and making the evil dark forces feel real.

Verdict

I will give this movie a 3.5 star on the scale of 1-5. It has three exceptional things: Creativity, visual effects, and an above average acting. Why it missed a 5 star is because of the story line drags along before it gets interesting.

This movie is worth the watch, and I will recommend it any day.

January 21, 2018

Netflix’s “Bright” Sequel Officially Announced


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Will Smith and his co-star Joel Edgerton will be returning to the screens this January, courtesy Netflix. Everyone remembers last year’s fantasy action and crime melodrama featuring a Los Angeles Police Department officer and his teammate who battle human and non-humans in an endeavor to clean up the city. Netflix’s Bright sequel will be written and directed entirely by David Ayer.

To date, Bright happens to be the highest viewed film ever launched by Netflix, since its launch on December 22, 2017. The film had an overall audience reach of at least 11 Million worldwide. That’s phenomenal, considering that it would amount to net ticket sales totaling around $100 million if one were just to multiply monetary averages and audiences.

So what makes Bright such a high-grosser for Netflix? The film presents to us an alternate reality in which humans try to co-exist with elves, orcs, dwarves and several other species that have been intermittently fighting each other for supremacy and survival for thousands of years.

Daryl Ward (played by Will Smith) partners with Nick Jakoby, an Orc polish officer who team up to quell disturbances in Los Angeles. They inadvertently stumble upon a ‘Shield of Light’ safe house in which they find some corpses, a torso of an elf embedded in a wall, and young survivor elf named Tikka who possesses a magic wand. However, this is not an ordinary wand, and it can only be commanded by someone who is “Bright”. Any contact by a non-bright person will immediately destroy the wand.

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The further drama unfolds as four LAPD officers arrive suddenly and decide to keep the wand to themselves. They try to coerce Ward to bump off his partner in exchange for his life. However, Ward acts instinctively and eliminates the four corrupt officers. This attracts the attention of a local human gang – The Altamira – who are then in hot pursuit of the trio.

They make good their escape and flee through the territory of the Fogteeth Orcan clan where they encounter further flare-ups. Meanwhile, Leilah and other Inferni members are also chasing them down. The trio is finally brought into captivity before their leader Dorghu who demands to know the location of the magic wand. He sends his son to kill Jakoby after failing to elicit any response from Ward.

Dorghu kills Jakoby himself, and he falls into a deep pit. Just as he is about to kill ward, Tikka appears with the wand and resurrects Jakoby, thus revealing that she is ‘Bright’. By proclaiming this as the prophecy, the entire clan kneels down before Jakoby, and the three are allowed to leave in peace. Tikka, who now knows she can trust them, speaks to them in English and explains the Inferno’s plan to resurrect their Dark Lord, a dangerous mythical figure who is to take over the world – because she was once a part of their clan and had been protected by the Shield of Light before fleeing with the wand.

Tikka, however, can only be saved by placing her in one of the magic pools found in a Shield safe house. As they return, they encounter Leilah who has been waiting for their return. To his shock, Ward discovers that he is also ‘Bright’ as he watches the wand glow a bright orange in his hands. He uses it to kill Leilah while Tikka makes good her escape. The movie ends with the Inferni being labeled as an extremist organization and Ward and Jakoby are felicitated for their bravery and valor.

Netflix’s “Bright” sequel promises all the action, drama, magic and sorcery as the prequel, with many more twists and turns as the plot unravels. Previously, Netflix was able to gauge how many users were interested in the movie was heavily advertised and many were able to watch trailers and add the movie to their queues. This further emboldened them enough to go ahead with the film’s sequel this month, which by some estimates cost them at least a whopping $90 million.

There’s no doubt that Bright is one of Netflix’s biggest originals they have ever launched. This is in spite of the fact that the film wasn’t reviewed very favorably by critics. Netflix always has some aces up its sleeves. This also gives them an edge over their competitors like Showbox.

They know that no amount of bad reviews will keep their audiences away from pressing the play button in the comforts of their homes and that’s why Netflix’s “Bright” the sequel makes for a very interesting proposition this January. Don’t miss it!

January 20, 2018

Slender Man Movie Trailer Review


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Slender Man is yet another upcoming, eye-catching American supernatural horror film written by David Birke and directed by Sylvain White, hinged on the Creepypasta character created by Eric Knudsen. This film features Javier Botet as the horrifying monster, in cooperation with Jaz Sinclair, Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, and Annalise Basso. It is set to be released by Screen Gems on May 18, 2018.

Plot

Terror, fear, pain and all sorts of atrocities strike when a group of 4 teenage girls in a small rural town for some reason decide to perform a dark ritual to challenge the myth of a tall, thin and horrifying creature known as Slender Man. They soon ascertain the validity of the legend when one of them suddenly goes missing.

Analysis

Slender Man is a tall, thin horrifying figure with unusual long arms and featureless face, who is repeatedly portrayed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance and even death of countless children and teens throughout the film. This can evidently be seen in the final half of the trailer where we are given a swift-run of most of the Slender Man’s horrifying abilities portrayed affecting unfortunate victims. The abilities include:

  • Making victims attempt suicide, as seen in the scene where a teenage boy unwillingly tosses himself off a bridge to almost certain death for no apparent reason.
  • Making victims stab themselves in the eyeball as shown in the laboratory scene as a teenage girl holds up a scalpel in front of her face and immediately stabs herself in the eyeball, causing immediate tension, confusion, and fear in the room.
  • He can also make doors rattle loudly, which can be very scary, especially if you have a constant fear of stiff winds blowing unnaturally.
  • The Slender Man can also slip through doors, as displayed the scene where his slender shadow is seen to penetrate under and through a locked door. He can also sort of teleport as shown in the scene where he suddenly appears in front of a teenage girl who was trying to hide from him behind a tree in a dark, dark forest.
  • Finally, the scariest of his abilities on my opinion is he makes dark, root-like structures grow out of the mouth and eyeballs of the teenage girl in a scary way raising the question if she is really dead or just under the slender man’s manipulation.

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Sound effects and horrifying scenes

The dramatic and horrifying sound effects used all over the trailer scenes play a big part in raising the overall fear and satisfaction of watching the horror film. They put you in anticipation of knowing something terribly wrong and scary is about to unfold to an unwilling character like in the scene of the dark forest where frightening sound effects accelerate after the teenage girl, hiding behind a tree peeps and sees slender man’s figure from a distance and as she looks away he suddenly appears in front of her, grabs her and pins her on the ground.

Conclusion

The trailer of the Slender Man movie indeed does set in motion much anticipation for watching the movie itself, especially if you’re a horror film enthusiast, this one will undoubtedly entertain you as it features several scary scenes that have been efficiently portrayed to keep you at the edge of your seat. There is also the mystery of how to stop or kill the slender which is unknown as even in previous related films. He or rather “it” just appears, strikes his fair share of death and fear and then just disappears.

January 19, 2018