Skip to main content
Loading...

Featured Post

How To Convert Image To Word On Android Phones

How to Convert Image to Word onAndroid PhonesLong gone are the times where the only way to digitize something written on paper was to retype it on a computer. That was a really painful and time-consuming process. 
Just imagine students with hundreds of notes and study materials trying to digitize them all. Or stay at home moms trying to digitize their recipes so they wouldn't have them laying around the kitchen in a paper form. You could also imagine the struggle of a businessman trying to digitize tons of reports or other financial documents.

Flipboard

Flipboard

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review

Third Time's a Harm

Over the last decade, Hollywood's obsession with Young Adult movie adaptations has resulted in its fair share of quality films and absolute disasters. For every critical success like "The Hunger Games," there's at least one total dud like "The Mortal Instruments." And sitting somewhere toward the middle of the spectrum, rests The Maze Runner franchise. Based on the books written by James Dashner, the series has already hit the screen twice before. Now with "Maze Runner: The Death Cure," the trilogy comes to an end, resulting in an exciting conclusion that improves upon the previous entry, even if it can't quite overcome some of the franchise's lingering flaws.


Set in a dystopian future, the movie focuses on Thomas (Dylan O'Brien, "American Assassin"), the survivor of a dangerous maze used to experiment on the young in order to find a cure for a deadly global virus. Now free, Thomas finds himself entrenched with the resistance in a battle against the maze's creators, the appropriately named WCKD (pronounced "wicked") organization. Determined to save their captured friend Minho (Ki Hong Lee), the rebels devise a dangerous plan to infiltrate WCKD's headquarters. But the nefarious scientists won't give up their latest lab rat without a fight, especially since they're now closer than ever to developing a cure.    


Kicking things off with a bang, returning director Wes Ball opens the movie with an engaging chase sequence that sees our heroes launch a daring rescue mission upon a speeding train holding some of their allies. Marked with kinetic bursts of speed fueled by swooping camera angles, the scene instantly establishes a more assured and polished sense of style compared to the two preceding flicks. This expanded cinematic scope then goes on to inform the rest of the film's action, forming a series of exciting set pieces that mix some well-staged stunts with solid CG work and dynamic visuals, all while maintaining a surprisingly gritty tone.

On that note, the darker approach here almost feels at odds with some elements found in the previous instalments, making the comparatively outlandish Griever spider monsters from the first film now seem like they came from an entirely different franchise. Thankfully, however, this slightly more realistic air ends up working well, helping to create an effective dystopian setting. Likewise, the filmmakers wisely choose to flesh out the villains' motivations, muddying the waters quite a bit with an underlying "do the ends justify the means?" conundrum.

With that said, the script is still pretty generic and these thematic questions aren't delved into all that deeply. And while some level of development was bound to unfold over the course of the trilogy, the characterizations remain fairly thin and broad. The film's pace also stalls out here and there with a 142-minute runtime that feels like it could have been trimmed down a tad, and there's an overreliance on clichéd last minute rescues whenever the protagonists find themselves in peril. The first time an off-screen character shows up to save the day is all good and well, but by the third it just starts to feel redundant.

Perhaps most troubling of all, though, is the film's inability to escape the lingering plot holes established in the first two installments. The initial premise of the original movie never made all that much sense to begin with (it's never clear why an elaborate maze with spider monsters was ever really necessary), and those hoping for some sort of clever third act revelation to explain everything will be sorely disappointed. In fact, the developments here actually make the maze even more irrelevant, and considering all that's on the line, it's inconceivable that WCKD never once thought to just explain the situation to the kids, devise a more humane testing system, and then ask them to volunteer.


Of course, if you've made it this far with the series, you've probably already resigned yourself to just go with it all anyway, and despite some notable flaws, "The Death Cure" is definitely the most polished and fully realized effort in the Maze Runner trilogy. Hell, the finale's action is downright epic at times and there's even some decent emotion to back it all up. The film isn't likely to appeal much to viewers who aren't already invested in the franchise, but it offers a solid and entertaining conclusion for fans who have stuck with the series long enough to navigate through its meandering twists and occasional dead ends.

View the original article here

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Nokia 8 Sirocco Review: Hands-on

Nokia 8 Sirocco Review: Hands-on

There’s something of a lack of new flagship smartphones at MWC 2018 but Nokia has plenty of new devices to feast your eyes on, including a sleek handset to rival the Galaxy S9. Here’s our Nokia 8 Sirocco hands-on review.
You would assume that Nokia’s new flagship would be one of the biggest smartphones (in terms of importance) to be unveiled at MWC but Huawei and LG have delayed their respective 2018 devices. So it’s a case of Nokia vs Samsung vs Sony.
Although a Nokia 9 was a possibility, the firm has actually announced the Nokia 8 Sirocco which is quite a radical phone for HMD – the company with the rights to the Nokia brand. For now, this is the Nokia 9.

Nokia 6 (2018) UK Release Date & Specifications

Nokia 6 (2018) UK Release Date & Specifications
It's easy to forget that the Nokia 6 is a year old, given that it didn't make its way to the UK until August, but it was actually unveiled much earlier in January 2017. The company has in January 2018 announced an update to the original smartphone, with the 2018 model now official.
Currently China-only, the new Nokia 6 will also become available in Europe in April, priced at 279€ (around £245).

Nokia 8110 4G Review: Hands-on

Nokia 8110 4G Review: Hands-on MWC might usually be about smartphones and other high-end gadgets but a feature phone has caused quite a big of hype. HMD has re-launched the Nokia phone seen in The Matrix. Here we go hands-on with the Nokia 8110 4G. 
Let’s face it, sometimes old things are cooler than new one and although the Nokia 8110 4G is technically a new phone, it’s another example of the firm bringing back a classic.
Following the Nokia 3310, this is the second ‘retro classic reloaded’ and although it’s been 22 years, the Nokia 8110 is back.

Nokia 7 Plus Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Specification

Nokia 7 Plus Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Specification
Nokia has announced its Nokia 7 Plus at MWC 2018, a mid-range Android phone that will go on sale in April at €399 (around £350).
A larger version of the China-only Nokia 7, the Nokia 7 Plus features an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 6in full-HD+ 18:9 display primed for entertainment.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs Nokia 8 Sirocco
Two of the most anticipated smartphone releases of 2018 have now arrived in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco. So, how do these premium phones stack up against each other, and which one should you pick when upgrade time comes around?
Let's dive in.

Like Fan Page