Maze Runner Scorch Trials ~ Death Cure


Dylan O’Brian,Ki Hong Lee ,Kaya Scodelario ,Thomas Brodie-Sangster ,Dexter Darden ,Will Poulter ,Jacob Lofland ,Rosa SalazarGiancarlo Esposito ,Patricia Clarkson ,Aidan Gillen ,Barry Pepper ,Nathalie Emmanuel ,Katherine McNamara ,Walton Goggins

Maze Runner

Sci-fi, Thriller, Mystery   1:53

I’m going to have to re-watch the first one, as I thought I had posted a review for it, but it came out the same year I started this blog.

I can tell you I remember the lush green glade, and those things in the maze as well as a scene after.

I’ll post whenever I catch it again.

 

 

 

 

My original Maze Runner Scorch Trials review

2015 PG-13  2:12

So this was my 2nd time watching because it was so long ago that I saw the movie and the Death Cure came out (getting to that in a bit)See the source image

I don’t remember hearing or seeing anything about solar flares while watching it the 2nd time. They are taken to what is supposed to be a way station, where some never leave. There’s  also some things in cylindrical tanks that remind me of a nautilus.

There’s some zombie like people but movie too fast to be zombies, but I have yet to hear what the virus in this is called. Its sort of seems like the rage virus of 28 days later.

The group is looking for (i think it was) the Red hand (some rebellion sounding name)

There’s nothing really in it that is memorable like the maze and ‘glade’ of the first movie. All I remember is that guy that plays little finger from Game of Thrones. Does he play an ass in everything he’s in? (Not sure if you’d call him that in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword  but maybe more a ‘donkey’ ass  (a minor side version compared to his character in this, and as for his GOT character he’s a manipulative one so that would be the in-between version of these two)

The only thing really memorable to me (right now) is that the person who found a way to delay the ‘virus’ well let’s just say it kills a bit of hope for a possible cure.  I Haven’t read the books, but I’d hope there’s something better in this book than the movie, which as I said in the first review seemed like filler. The only semi-memorable part was the storm coming in, but then again was watching this while we were having a rainstorm which was thunder and lightning, but now way as spooky and as scary as this one.But I do love when something I’m watching and life sort of coincide.

 

Death Cure

2018  2;22

Soo much better than that sophomore slump in the scorch.

They’ve got one last chance to find a cure for the ‘flare’ pandemic. They call those without immunity to it cranks (yeah I guess they do look like drug addicts in a way)

Thomas employs a daring strategy in the face-off against Wckd (Wicked) the organization doing the experiments for a cure.

Meanwhile, Brenda is still doing well on that concoction made from Thomas’ blood, no side effects and so far has not needed a booster.

I think this has plenty of elements to interest all genre fans.

For fans of the first movie, there’s a surprise appearance, that even I was surprised as once I saw I remembered what happened to them in one of the previous movies.

I very much enjoyed one ‘stunt’ toward the end of the movie. I’ll just say Bus + Giant Crane = awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

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Kingsman: Golden Circle


2017    R     Action, adventure, comedy  2 hours 21 minutes

Julianne Moore, Taron Edgerton, Hally Berry, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth  Pedro Pascal  more here

Agents Eggsy (now Galahad)and Merlin team with their American counterparts, the Statesmen after their headquarters gets blown to smithereens.

The opening action scene is cool but sadly they have Matrix-like slow-mo stop and go fx which I hate. first off it not only ruins the momentum of the action sequence, but it also looks ‘cartoon-y’.  They used it too much (I think every action scene had the ‘trick’ in it to some extent.) Use that for one part of an action sequence fine… like a certain move that would otherwise not be noticed and needs to be shown just a little slower so we can appreciate it. This was used in a few points in one fight/action scene.

Oh I like the Statesman building. That;’s cool, and always wished they’d make buildings like that for real. (easier to find where you are going especially if you can’t find the building number.

The guy from  Game of Thrones forget character’s name but he’s a dead one.  I think his real name is Pablo Pascal gets his cowboy on with a LAZso (Lazer Lasso) and after a bit of an entertaining Whip fight ‘I feel like a tornado in a trailer park”

 

And there’s quite a musical cameo with flair …See the source image

Oh Action scene n poppy island and the Scissor sign!

I need to rewatch the first but while still somewhat enjoyable I don’t think it was as awesome as the first.

Though it was still better than Atomic Blonde, even with a cartoony looking effect.

Baby Driver


2017        R       1 hour 53 minutes     blu-ray     watch after credits for a behind the scenes

I loved the opening two scenes. Maybe you might consider it just one but we first see baby ‘dancing’ around in the car singing along to his music, which switches to a great car chase. I had fun watching that one, and a bit of a laugh at the cops who throw out the spikes and what came next is what I laughed at them for.

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Atomic Blonde


See the source image2017     R   1:55   action/thriller but really Drama      blu-ray   James McAvoy,  Charlize Theron, John Goodman, Bill Skarsgard

 

Adapted from the Antony Johnston and Sam Hart graphic novel The Coldest City movie Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.  Theron’s character is a cold war spy by the name of Lorraine Broughton who must recover a list of double agents amid a sea of questionable allies one in which is James McAvoy’s British agent David Percival. Percival, as you might be able to tell from the trailers, has gone a bit feral with lots of secrets and possibly STDs while embedded in East Berlin.

A MI*6 agent is murdered in 1989 Berlin Germany and fellow spy is sent to investigate and retrieve a list of double agents the dead agent was carrying. 

I would swear the fight scenes were a faster pace in the trailers but during the movie, they’re kind of a bore, like the rest of it is. The fight scenes feel like they are over too quick compared to many other films. I know, I know… always leave them wanting more, but not when the fights look as though they are in slow motion and swear you could do them yourself if you had the time to re-watch them to memorize the choreography. To give you an idea for most 1 on 1 fight scenes in movies, let’s say they last 5 minutes-15 minutes. These I’m sure are 1-3 minutes long if even. In other words, for an ‘action movie,’ there’s not much action. It should more have been marketed as a spy drama, as there is NOTHING thrilling about it. If I watched it at night, I would have fallen asleep.

 

When I checked at some point to see how much longer the movie would be on, thinking it would be 15 minutes left, there was still over an hour of the movie left. I am VERY disappointed in this movie, and so glad I didn’t pay to see it in the theater as for me it looked promising enough to see in the theater. I think a baseball or golf game would have been more entertaining to watch. Also who the actual double agent is… I wasn’t surprised.

 

 

Split


2017,   PG-13,   Thriller, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckly

 

Written and directed by M Night Shamalyan who I think actually had a part in this while someone is looking at security footage.

Three girls after a birthday party are ready to go home,  waiting for the father to come in the car they are already waiting in while he puts something in the trunk… he’s attacked and the girls are kidnapped.

Kevin (I think that’s the main character’s name, well at least the one whose body the other personalities inhabit. He’s supposed to have 23 personalities but we only see five.

  • Hedwig a 9-year-old
  • Dennis   The one who kidnaps the girls
  • Patricia   in co-hoots with Dennis
  • Barry     an artist
  • Orwell
  • Jade
  • Heidrich
  • 1 other

all of his personalities know about one another (which I think is supposed to be rare if I remember right) and are known as the Horde

WOW! McAvoy better win an Oscar for this or other awards! He did great as all those different characters. I can only imagine the mental and emotional toll all of those took.

I give M. Knight a comeback award for this one. I think he’s regained the magic he had with the Sixth sense and those. Though I didn’t see any mind-bending aside from the split and the surprise cameo.

Definitely WORTH a watch and at least Nominations for Best film, Director, Actor, Comeback

 

#Horror


2015, Not Rated, Cyber thriller, Mystery, Balthazar Getty, Timothy Hutton, Cloey Sevginy

Inspired by true events

a group of (spoiled?) pre-teens stays over at a rich friends house, in the middle of nowhere.They play dress up, insult and bully each other while playing some online game.

The opening credits are a quick colorful menagerie of candy-coated graphics (or puke) and names depending on your point of view.

The B.s. graphics are an annoyance to me, and nor does what they do look like a game. It looks more like they are just posting photos to a social account.

The antagonist is not hard to point out. you basically know who it is and way long before the reveal. (Frankly the beginning of the movie I knew who it was.)

More Mystery/thriller than Horror

 

Soylent Green


1973

PG

Run Time 1:37

GENRE  Sci-fi, Thriller

Stars  Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson

 

Set in 2022  in a polluted and super congested (you thought you were a sardine in a can now… wait a few years!) New York City with a population of 44,000,000 where a company makes a synthetic food called Soylent Green.  Detective Thorn played by Charlton Heston is looking into the murder of a corporate executive, and while doing so he ‘stumbles’ upon the products shocking ingredients. (Let me guess…people? Garbage?)

For the first 2 minutes there a collage of still pictures showing the degree of this overpopulated and polluted future. (which still looks like the 70s minus the rich guy’s apartment which has a futuristic Astroids gaming cabinet.)

Soylent Green in the movie all the poor people are told is made with ‘HIgh Energy Plankton’ but if most food is scarce, I doubt there’s plankton still in the sea.

Well, I just saw my favorite part of the movie, it’s nothing big but just a shame we can’t really take care of riots that way! Or let ‘SWAT’ literally do so. The ‘Scoops’ when I first heard it I thought was a new version of Swat or a new military acronym but no It’s what they exactly are. They SCOOP UP the riot! At least some of the rioters anyway. Oh yeah and little chuckle that it swats the guy shooting the gun.

 

For being 4-5 years away, the movie is very dated, I think even if you were still in the 1970s you’d still think it didn’t look all that futuristic.

The fighting I’d think is overly dramatic, Who the hell pulls their arm that far back to punch someone? or extends that much? I can see they are purposefully missing each other.

Was a nice (Predictable) mystery However, this future is not far off. Between Trump being prez, the ‘weird weather’ aka Global Warming. How can anyone NOT see it. Most times we’d start to get snow storms in November either before or just in time for Thanksgiving. Now… We are lucky if there are white December Holidays. Sometimes now there’s no snow at all or if lucky we’ll get a ‘dusting’ which is gone in an hour!  When I was in school our snow day(s) were FULL of snow enough to make slides, forts, and then some.