Movie reviews for ‘Everest’ and ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ (2015)
Two more movies watched before the end of the month. That’s another accomplishment since by now, I have already watched 40 Hollywood films released this year. There are many more great movies coming up by the year-end including some epic productions like James Bond’s latest movie ‘Spectre’ and sci-fi epic ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and Oscar-favourite films like ‘The Danish Girl’, ‘The Revenant’, ‘Steve Jobs’ and many more that would have my attention before the awards season. I guess after all the interest in movies this year, the final number of 2015 films I have watched would be about 70, and that’s record-breaking for me. But right now, let’s talk about the two recent movies I have watched; ‘Everest’ and ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’.
‘Everest’ is a disaster drama and an adventure thriller film based on the real events of 1996 Mount Everest disaster which killed eight people in their summit attempts. The movie had a great line-up of cast that includes Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, John Hawkes, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, etc. A movie about people encountering snow storm while climbing the world’s highest mountain should be full of jaw-dropping sceneries and breathtaking actions. While the movie delivered on giving us amazing views of the Mount Everest and its surrounding landscape, the plot isn’t strong enough to put me to the edge of my seat. It means it didn’t meet my expectation.
Well, since it is based on real events, and so there is more attention given to the emotional and moving scenes in the movie rather than dramatizing things which may hurt feelings of the victims’ families. But since I’m up for a movie and not a documentary for a disaster, hence I prefer they intensify things up so that the story will be continuously exciting. But this movie ain’t going in that direction and simply just focuses on the harsh conditions that affected all the climbers. For me, that’s not enough to pull off for an epic film. The acting is all good since the cast is of all professional actors and actresses. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Everest’ a total of 7.2.
‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ is a dystopian sci-fi action thriller film based on novel and is a sequel to last year’s ‘The Maze Runner’ movie. The story continues directly after the Gladers led by Thomas having successfully escaped the maze. They now face a new set of challenges on an open desolate city of ruins. Well, previously they encountered creatures that are half robotic and half spider look in the maze, and now they faced basically nothing but some bad guys and huge group of zombies (named the Cranks). I didn’t expect to see a zombie movie (I didn’t read the novel). I thought ‘scorch trials’ would expose the main characters to extreme heat, glare and their impacts. But nope…not that one.
But hey…including zombies into this is also a good move. If not, we would be not interested to see the main characters only being chased by gun-holding men. This sequel provided more action-packed sequences and I enjoyed them. Some chasing scenes are really heart-stopping and things are getting more intense. Besides that, more information is revealed on the whole programme behind the maze and this scorch trials. All of that will be answered in the final third film which is scheduled to be released in 2017. This sequel so far is considered fast-paced and is on par to its predecessor. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ a total of 7.4.
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