Maze Runner – Another distopian teenage thriller

Distopian future, good looking people with a likable persona, a love interest, the world to save, losing newly made friends along the way, twists and turns only to find out the reality isn’t what it seemed.

BOOM! Welcome to the Summer block buster of this season and every season for the last decade served with a side of explosions and a cake with not enough layers on it.

In a society governed by people whose objective seems logical on a broader scale yet not ethical. But often there is something more selfish behind the what appears to be logical solutions where humans are treated as guinea pigs and the hero questions if the one live sacrificed (usually his love interest) is worth all that and usually ends up saving the girl friend and the world welcome to every distopian film focused on an teenage audience who wants more something more than the traditional romance or the action flick. Something and I quote ‘deeper’ , hello call me a sci-fi nerd if you like because I saw all of the 100 million dollar budget sci-fi’s with the pretty girl next door persona girls would you guess where oh yes the iMax.

It reminds me of a scene from Black Books

Bernard: You’re going on holiday. You want trash. But you want different kinds
of trash. (To female customer) You’re a woman, you want social themes,
believable characters. (To male customer) You, you want plots, suspense. This’ll
do you both.
Female customer: Hmm…
Bernard: (holds up another copy of the book) There’s this temp, right? She’s 29,
she can’t get a boyfriend, oh my god.
Female customer: Sounds great!
Male customer: No, no way.
Bernard: And she’s got 12 hours to stop nuclear war with China.
Male customer: Great.

This film is all that is written above and some things more. What I do like about the film is that it has less of a romance that you would expect from others of the same genre which makes it a bit better. Everything else is pretty much the same the chosen one who goes against the rules, breaks them and succeeds. Isn’t popular with the older leaders but everyone loves them, because well he is giving them more than the typical good life that they were used to before. Now its exciting there is hope, drama and dead bodies.

This group of young adults is stuck in a maze. Where they are there is food, shelter and all you need to survive but they are stuck in a maze run by they don’t know who. Are they alien? Are they scientists? Does the world exist as they knew it who knows. Anyways so the maze opens its doors everyday and closes them at night if you don’t make it by the night, you’re dead what kills you is a mystery.

There are different classes, the runners are the Alpha who run the maze memorize it and perhaps find a way out one day. In comes our rebel hero, sacrificing, charming, fast and all. The rest is no mystery.

There are some twists and turns and yes they do leave that chuky is still alive moment at the end. Since its not in cinemas anymore , you can watch it with some folks over if you want to test out the new big speaker that you just acquired.

imdb : 6.9/10

my rating : 6/10


Wish I was here

My Rating: 7 out of 10
imdb Rating: 6.7

A beautiful family drama with just enough fantasy and Zach comedy to make it great

Let me first start by saying It ain’t no garden state, it was never supposed to be but certainly we did want it to be a spaced out fantasy with Zach’s flavour of humor.

And no it is not the film with the crazy surreal setting or the fantasy world scifi adventure as we see in the trailer, do not go in there expecting that waiting for that would just lead it to disappointment.

What it is though is a beautiful comic family drama about responsibility, life and everything in between that sometimes we take for granted other times we’re just lazy to respond. It’s a wake up call in the life of a father who has been lazy and all of the procasination is starting to fall down like domino’s after his father gets cancer.

It is the story of a man picking up the pieces one by one and putting it all together again. The acting is great from the child actors and the guest appearances put a smile on your face.

The soundtrack is indie / post rockish something you’d expect from the genre.

Overall a good treat with something to think about.

Beast of the southern wild

Rating: 10 out of 10

Open your heart smile and let the film take you places. A Poetic believable fantasy with a whole lot of love

Sometimes films make you think, others make you cringe, some make you laugh and then there are the beasts of the southern wild which leaves you with a wide smile, complete. It is not necessary sometime to fully comprehend things specially the first time around sometime you just need to sit down in the gallery stare at the 20 foot canvas with oil and after a while it will make you cry, perhaps smile after another couple of minutes. But you will be in awe and can’t take your eyes off it. This film is precisely that masterpiece.

It is poetic, it is surreal and beautiful.

This quote is pretty much the whole film for me : “I hope you die and after you die I’ll go to your grave and eat birthday cake all by myself.”

There are a lot of fantasy films coming out specially after special effects are so mature and there are a lot of scifi too but often they don’t make you feel something they worry too much about explaining themselves after covering up the loop holes and fixing things adding detail, layers upon layers of detail and in that forgetting the basic reason why we started watching the magic of moving pictures to feel, to fantasize to be in awe. This one just does that, think of it as the wild things are meet one of the projects Brit Marling was involved in (the sound of my voice, another earth, the east) and perhaps the realism fantasy mashup in Neill Blomkamp’s district 9.

Hushpuppy is a wild child of the swamp with a hot tempered (now sick) father and his teachings of independence and a community full of hill billies. This is an adventure with the floods, the wild and the quest to keep it all together and okay. The film explores the beautiful and somewhat explosive relationship between hushpuppy and her father still mourning the loss of hushpuppy’s mother (who left them) all while he fights his disease, the floods and authority in this beautiful drama often narrated in the voice of hushpuppy.

If anybody deserves an Oscar it’s the child star Quvenzhané Wallis. With such a hard character to play full of emotions and swinging emotions for that matter she pulls it off like a piece of cake. Not even once you feel that she is acting it comes so naturally to her, brilliant brilliant performance I can’t recall the last time I saw a child star be so brilliant.

Benh Zeitlin for a director does not feel in any way amateurish feels like anything but a feature film debut.