Maze Runner The Scorch Trials takes the franchise filmmaking mentality to new heights

Maze Runner The Scorch Trials takes the franchise filmmaking mentality to new heights

Maze Runner The Scorch Trials takes the series moviemaking mentality to new heights. Not only is the movie a sequel to last year’s hit YA book adaptation, but The Scorch Trials ends up changing genres, tones, villains to a point, and generally seems like a very different movie than its predecessor by almost all measures. To a point, this is a virtue; The Scorch Trials  at least feels more like a feature-length free film online than The Maze Runner, which…

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With the end of Hunger Games, Maze Runner The Scorch Trials is now on the lead

With the end of Hunger Games, Maze Runner The Scorch Trials is now on the lead

In a 1939 brief story by lifelong labyrinth aficionado Jorge Luis Borges, the king of Babylonia tries to make fun of his guest, the king of the Arabs, by stranding him in a convoluted maze he’s built at his palace. Furious, the Arabian king paybacks by sacking Babylonia, leading the rival king out into the middle of the desert and leaving him to die, quote: “Allow me to show you my labyrinth.” Despite lacking in Borges’ ironic…

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Wes Ball’s full-length directing debut with The Maze Runner

Wes Ball’s full-length directing debut with The Maze Runner

When Fox picked up the feature version of animator Wes Ball’s short movie Ruin in 2012, the deal soon led to the studio offering Ball The Maze Runner as his full-length directing debut. Entrusted with the first book in author James Dashner’s futuristic series of four young adult novels, Ball seems to be applying a strategy that’s predicated more on quickly launching a free movie series than developing a substantive long-form narrative. When The Maze Runner was published in 2009, it became a New York…

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Maze Runner The Scorch Trials Is Shaky, But Still Able To Find Its Way In The End

Maze Runner The Scorch Trials Is Shaky, But Still Able To Find Its Way In The End

The Maze Runner was a lovely surprise — a teenage adaptation that refused to overly explain itself, letting our uncertainty about its bewildering futuristic world reflect the characters’ own. In it, a group of amnesiac young men were trapped in an enclosed glade, with a mysterious and deadly maze as their sole means of escape — an intriguing dysbropia with an existential spin. But then The Maze Runner went and did something that wasn’t supposed to…

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It’s possible both to begin and end The Maze Runner Scorch Trials

It’s possible both to begin and end The Maze Runner Scorch Trials

It’s possible both to begin and end The Maze Runner Scorch Trials not really knowing what in holy hell a Scorch Trial is. Would you need a new suit? Those agile teenagers who survived the Maze, in the first film from James Dashner’s YA series, have now been whisked by helicopter to an underground compound, where they wake up in sterile captivity. As soon as they’re given medical tests, we may smell a rat. What…

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The Fellowship Of The Ring Leaves Audiences Asking For More

The Fellowship Of The Ring Leaves Audiences Asking For More

The eagerly awaited adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s massive Lord Of The Rings trilogy, filmed concurrently at a budget of almost $300 million, should be a bloated, hubristic disaster—the kind of project, like Cleopatra or Heaven’s Gate, that torpedoes a major studio. But in the Tolkien spirit, New Line has wisely entrusted the Rings to a hobbit, choosing an unlikely leader in director Peter Jackson, whose previous credits include the micro-budget slapstick horror films Bad Taste and Dead Alive, and the masterful art film Heavenly Creatures….

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All About the Gladers In The Maze Runner 2014 movie

All About the Gladers In The Maze Runner 2014 movie

The Maze Runner 2014 movie summary: The Glade is a nice place, as far as it goes. What it lacks in indoor plumbing and cable television, it makes up in ambiance. Green and fertile, it offers its occupants land enough to grow crops and raise goats, shelter enough to sleep and eat, space enough to walk and wander … until you hit your nose upon the towering gray walls surrounding the place. But if you…

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The Maze Runner movie 2014: A story we think we’ve heard many times before

The Maze Runner movie 2014: A story we think we’ve heard many times before

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: In a rigidly structured dystopian future, one plucky teenager dares to think for himself, shake up the status quo and start a revolution–or, at least the beginning of a The Maze Runner trilogy. Such is the stuff of The Maze Runner , which hews quite closely to the YA-novel formula that’s reliably brought about so many largely successful movie adaptations in recent years. And, yes, director Wes Ball’s…

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Movie Review: The Maze Runner movie 2014 by James Dashner

Movie Review: The Maze Runner movie 2014 by James Dashner

He doesn’t remember his own age or his family, all he remember is his name. Yet he finds himself fighting for survival. It’s The Maze Runner movie 2014 When Thomas finds himself trapped in the middle of a maze unable to escape, and surrounded by other boys of varying ages some of whom have been trapped for two years, he knows he has to do something. He knows there must be a way out, that…

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The Maze Runner 2014 movies: The acting is great but what a shame about the rest of it

The Maze Runner 2014 movies: The acting is great but what a shame about the rest of it

The Maze Runner full movie 2014 is really not a good film, but it scores for omitting much of what makes typical teen movies excruciating. There’s no love triangle and no lengthy flashbacks of elders barfing up loads of mythology and exposition. It may be pity to think of this as an accomplishment, but after years (years!) of having our standards systematically lowered by an increasing tsunami of Young Adult adaptations, The Maze Runner’s spry…

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