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Maze Runner: Do the Ends Justify the Means?

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After a few exciting years, the much hyped series has come to an end with the release of the final film.

Now I have to admit, this film was my favourite out of the three simply because it was the most memorable.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie who likes their fair share of action this film is it.

What I liked about the film is that it doesn’t focus so much on dialogue as on conveying the message through actions. The dialogue at times felt a bit amateurish. However, the graphics and cinematography were well executed.

I must warn you though that you will remain on the edge of your seat throughout the whole 142 minutes as the story is packed with one suspense element after another. By the end you end up getting attached to all the characters and care way too much about their fates to escape for a toilet break.

I can’t say the film was exactly predictable and I enjoyed the distress some of the shocking moments caused.

All in all, the film ended on a good note which provided closure and left no room for another instalment.

Without disclosing spoilers I can’t write much further so adios for now!

Film review

Film Review | The Scorch Trials

As the film began with an emotional flashback showing Thomas being separated from his mother I settled in for two hours of action, adrenaline and of course eye candy.

Needless to say The Scorch Trials had all of the above but in a more milder version compared to the action present in the prequel, The Maze Runner.

I loved The Maze Runner but I’m sorry to say I didn’t LOVE The Scorch Trials, the film had its moments of glory yet it failed to leave me with the same high that The Maze Runner did.

The film had a lot of this

You know characters sitting around while the enemy closed in because what could be more important than contemplating life at such a dire situation.

And the film had a lot of this too

You know, just the walking dead popping in to say hello. I have one criticism that is, it was never explained how this disease came about, I mean everyone spends the entire film debating the cure yet no one tells the viewer where it came from or why. Are they saving it for the last installment or simply ruling it out as an evolutionary error?

In saying that though, the acting in the film was great. With such promising casting it was a bit of a given I suppose. And I cannot complain about the eye candy

I also like the fact that the film has now become somewhat independent from the books. There is still the main plot however, details that I believe needed altering have been altered which I’m happy about.

The action in the film I found to be lacking because it mostly involved the actors running away from the Cranks or the Walking Dead, at some points I even zoned out which is never a good sign.

My most favourite thing about the film would have to be the cinematography and world building. The Scorch was represented beautifully and the harshness and dangers of the landscape were captured beautifully too

Rating

4

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Movie review: The Maze Runner

Director: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Genre: Action

You know that time in your life when the film is better than the movie? this was one of those times

I have nothing but praise for The Maze Runner

The intensity of the plot added excitement and thrill. There was never a dull moment since I was literally on the edge of my seat throughout the film because of the sheer unpredictability. All the action and adrenaline and the surprise elements just created this film to be this wonderful wonderful….film.

The Maze was represented so beautifully. I particularly love the panning shot towards the end where you’re able to see the enormity of the thing. Also, it was so much more clearer than the book since I had a hard time visualizing while reading but films definitely help when it comes to visualizing I guess.

Another thing I enjoyed about The Maze Runner was the music. I believe the music in a film can make or break it and the music in this film definitely made it better. It portrayed the action and emotion so creatively.

A major step up from the book was the explanation of the purpose of The Maze. In the book it was so complicated and frustrating. The film simplified all this so there was no complexity and it was easy to follow which is exactly what I wanted and ah I am just so satisfied. Everything makes so much sense now!

Now that the boring stuff is done with let’s talk about the actors. Dylan O’Brien “swoons” and Thomas Brodie-Sangster “double swoon”. But in all seriousness I absolutely adored and respected the portrayal of the characters done by these actors, everyone’s personalities were captured so precisely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I especially loved Chuck (Blake Cooper) I mean how can you not? He added humor during those too serious moments in the film and made the situation lighter.

The thing is that The Maze Runner will appeal to both genders and it does not come off as too teenagery and NO it is not “the next Hunger Games”, can people please stop comparing everything with the Hunger Games already? So yeah if you don’t get the message already, The Maze Runner is amazing and YOU seriously need to watch it now!

Rating:

5

 

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Book reviews

Review: The Scorch Trials

Author: James Dashner7631105

Genre: Young adult-Dystopian

Pages: 360

Summary:

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive

 

Super short review because it might be repetitive after just reviewing the Maze Runner.

It took me a while to properly get into this book as it was extremely slow paced at the start. You know when authors spend 5 pages describing a bedroom, it was kind of like that.

But once the adventure began I did not want to put this book down. It was such a step up from the first book. There was lots of adventure and it was fast paced and thrilling.

Again, the story line of this series is so intriguing and I’m always hungry for new information. But then this new information always ends up making me even more curious and confused but thats okay! its still so cool.

I had the same problem with the characters as in the previous book (read my review here, trust me you want to) . There was just no depth, I think part of the problem is that there isn’t much background to the characters because of them losing their memories and therefore, I just don’t know much about them I guess. There were a few new characters introduced toward whom I have mixed feelings because they did weird things that confused me,

The end bit was stuffed up, I just did not know what to think. Like who am i supposed to believe now? what is happening?

Rating

3

Book reviews

Review: The Maze Runner

Author: James DashnerThe_Maze_Runner_cover

Genre: Young Adult- Dystopian

Pages: 374

Summary

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying

 

This is going to be one weird review. I am very indecisive of this book. I mean it was good sometimes but other times it was just so irritating.

Plot

Starting out on a positive note. I absolutely love this world that James Dashner has created. It is creepy and psychological. The idea of the maze and runners going out everyday to solve the maze was extremely well done, especially the solution to the maze was SO CLEVER.

There was  high amounts of action and adrenaline and many interesting conversations which kept me involved in the book (believe me there were many things that DIDN’T get me involved). Anyway, it was paced well also, there was one big event after another and never a dull moment. So many things were new and peculiar in this world that I was always curious to find answers.

SO that is the only good thing I have to say about this book

Characters

I love reading from male perspectives because being a girl it’s interesting to be in the opposite gender’s head.

The protagonist Thomas is a likable guy you know he’s brave, loyal and smart but for some odd reason I just could not connect with him. That’s the thing about The Maze Runner, the characters are so one dimensional like the only purpose they serve is to introduce readers to this great world of the maze. Thomas would have a trail of thought and I could feel that I was being expected to empathize but I just could not.

Thomas has a friend in the book-Newt-and he is my favorite character, he seems so chilled but again there was something holding me back. During the book there was a mention of a terrible thing happening to Newt and I believe if that point were elaborated and a personal experience was revealed  it would’ve created depth and readers could easily connect to the characters.

Writing    

My biggest problem with the book was the way it was written. Great story, average characters, crappy writing. I mean writing is the prime thing authors should be good at! having a good plot line is just not enough. Not for me anyway. I can’t explain exactly why I dislike it, it’s just the sentence structure is off and it’s so flat ugh.

Along with that there is this new slang vocabulary RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK. It threw me off seriously, I mean I’m already confused about why this boy called Thomas is in a frekin’ metal box then you decide to write a whole page full of words I don’t even understand? It was frustrating and unnecessary.

The Maze Runner was supposed to blow me away but unfortunately you can’t have everything. I am still confused about the purpose of the maze and this world and hope to have some answers in the sequel.

Rating

3

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