Post about movies you've recently watched and your take on them. Hopefully, we'll find some new cinematic experiences with other posters.I just watched Primer and Upstream Color about a week ago. I was somewhat flabbergasted by Shane Carruth. I find it amazing that he's his own films' writer, director, and score composer. In both films, he's also able to take on lead roles. The complexity in his first film's plot more than makes up for its near-homemade feel (due to its very low budget) and slightly off acting. I'll admit that I had to look up some things on the net in order to gain some control over its understanding instead of watching it numerous times like some of my friends have. In Upstream Color, the cinematography was very nice for me. It's a lot more easier to understand than his previous film's chemistry and physics jargon.
I recently watched The "Back to The Future" trilogy. I never get tired of those movies and it's a all time classic favorite of mine. My favorite was the 3rd movie were they go back to the wild west and turned the train into a giant time machine. I thought the whole time travel in a DeLorean idea was really neat. Big fan of Science Fiction movies and the movies make me laugh too. Will always love those movies.
Iron Man 3 was the last movie I saw too xD
Was kinda fun on the big screen and because it was a date (@Trisak ♥), but Tony Stark really shouldn't have given his address so openly. seriously.
oh and this guy:
And before that I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The movie was really good, mostly because I like when it's a bit mindblowing. And well, Cate Blanchett is just so beautiful.
Iron Man 3 is a very retarded movie in my opinion. Everything just doesn't make sense and the villain is just plain idiotic. Not even the expensive CGI can cover its retardedness.
But it's still overall a very enjoyable movie as long as you turn off your brain and don't expect much. Even with the lackluster acting from everyone but Robert Downy Jr. and Ben Kingsley at least they manage to get the story across rather well. Great directing and set design for such a retarded script.
Yesterday I watched the movie "Struck by Lightning".
It feels like a movie directed for a younger audience, but I did find it enjoyable. It's about a high-school kid, who is smart and dedicated, but is disliked by most people in school. He is a president of one of the clubs, and he got his life planned - he knows what he wants to do and he struggles for this goal. So much, in fact, that he starts blackmailing other people in school so that they would help him.
The movie is about priorities, what you are willing to do to reach your goal, how low can people fall and how stupid we all really are. Imdb lists it as comedy/drama, and that's pretty much what it is. No action in this one, but I found it quite enjoyable.
Today I decided to rewatch Harry Potter 1, 2, and 3. I think what is interesting is how the actors grew up into better actors. Even with only 3 movies, you could already tell how much they improved. In the first movie, half the time they were either running off to places or standing there talking almost emotionless. Especially Harry/Daniel kept saying "uhh what exactly is that?" half the first movie. By the second one, Hermione/Emma stopped overacting and Harry/Daniel started putting emotions in (and started puberty lol). It's nice rewatching childhood movies in a marathon sometimes.
Amadeus(1984) and a Kara no Kyoukai marathon. Amadeus canvasses the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his exceptional talent and the various prejudices he faced while being surprisingly fun at times( that laugh!) It is a brilliantly executed take on Renaissance Italian society ( circling around the Viennese opera ) and tackles themes of jealousy and envy, faith in god, regionalism and linguistic chauvinism (to some extent). And how among all this the only loser is the man of divine talents, God's own special child - Mozart. The music is Mozart's own compositions and is breathtaking. And the one thing that will surely hit you is how grand the entire thing is.
Kara no Kyoukai, is probably the best soundtrack i've ever heard in an anime production. The story is well paced in all of the 7 movies although it is highly recommended to save the 5th movie for the end (absolute mindfuck). The characters hold up well and most of the situations are genuinely creepy. Very beautiful. Very enjoyable.
The Lone Ranger
Honestly this is one of the few recent movies (that I've seen) I wouldn't label as completely terrible. The majority of the movie is well planned, even if the comedy is a bit light and childish, and the action scenes are great. There were a few things that I didn't think were that complimentary to the movie, could even have been left out, but it is worth going to see.
- The beginning/ intro to the movie is an interesting setting, the young boy and the old Tonto telling him a story at a fair of some sorts, but it has its faults. The way the movie begins, with an ancient looking Tonto telling a story, and ends, with him disappearing, makes a sequel seem inappropriate, IMO. Hopefully they don't decide to continue this story because the first one already shows that that the time of the Lone Ranger and Tonto has ended.
- I feel that this movie could have done better without the "damsel in distress" romance added on, for a couple of reasons. One, I feel that by trying to add the romance vibe the movie was trying too hard to cover too many bases. Also Dan Reed's wife did not seem to pay much heed when she learned that her husband was dead. The first time, as hostages in the canon, I thought perhaps she had missed the hint and didn't realize her husband was dead. The second time when it was so bluntly stated in the train car, I found her reaction a bit cold. Then, merely a few hours after learning of her husband's death, dear Rebecca kisses "the right brother" full on the mouth. So much for loving husband and wife.
The Minor Quirks:
- How did Tonto escape unscathed in his childhood while everyone else was killed to protect the location of the silver?
- How did Tonto escape the jail cell? (We're shown him eyeing the keys but I don't believe we're ever told for sure. Of course I might have missed something.)
- The cannibalistic rabbits were a bit out there for this movie in my opinion.
Haven't posted here for a while, so I'll be posting now.
Struck By Lightning
(Looking at Kirn's post) I decided to watch this movie because I was in for something light-hearted at the time. It was an all right film and I did enjoy it, but the film felt too short (like it was intended to be viewed on ABC Family or something) and lacking. I found a lot of the characters cliched and making stupid decisions, but that's probably just to make the audience feel the emotions of the protagonist as he sees everyone around him in that light. The acting was sub-par for some of the characters and the protagonist came off a little whiny to me. The film sends a positive message and it was still entertaining.
Lol I had pretty high hopes for this film what with all the recommendations, but I was pretty disappointed. The animation was amazing, I'll give it that. However, a lot of the problems that I have with this one are the same with Struck By Lightning. I'll let the cliches slide, since it's pretty hard to find any anime without this, but there were just too many questions I had about the way things worked: the seemingly complex mechanics behind operating an avatar, how "flooding" an area in the digital world could actually work like that, the explanation of why Kenji's avatar was the one that was taken over by Love Machine if he wasn't the only one that cracked the code, and some others I can't remember because it's been so long since I've watched the movie Albeit with those things in mind, I still enjoyed it a lot. I can see why a lot of people like this and consider it a favorite. Also, Shota is a complete idiot.
Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo
I've been a pretty good fan of Evangelion, and I really enjoyed 2.22. I mean, who didn't? With that said, this was yet another film I was disappointed with. Not by that much, though. Let's get the negatives out of the way. There were a lot of things unexplained and convoluted (I'm hoping this is resolved in the upcoming film). I can't explain that. There are so many terms and questions that I can't even go into. The film seemed pretty short, not in terms of length, but just by the amount of events that take place. I would'nt have minded seeing another hour out of it if there were more events to add on to it. As someone else pointed out, absolutely NOTHING in the preview from 2.0 was featured here. It's as if they just scrapped everything and "redid" it. I'm not saying it was a bad thing to do this, but it just seems pretty funny to do that to an audience. Also, why is everyone such a dick to Shinji? I know he's wiped out almost all of Earth's population, but it's not like he intentionally did it. No one knew what was going to happen when he tried to save Rei from the previous film. Misato was even cheering him on. And no one decides to explain anything to him to justify their hatred of him when he wakes up from his coma. Now for the positives. The soundtrack is glorious. I'm pretty hooked on it at the moment and the theme for the movie along with its variations just fit so well.The animation and action sequences (although minimal) are pretty great. The most I enjoyed out of this film was seeing the relationship between Shinji and Kaworu. They were really great in portraying it and it's probably the first time I've ever shipped two characters from anything. Ever. It was "transcendent" in a way. Just the contrast between everybody's disgust/indifference with Shinji and Kaworu's genuine, platonic love and understanding for him made it heartbreaking (for me anyway lol). I don't know what to say for this film. All the negatives could probably be made up for in the last installment of the film series, so I'll be holding off on criticisms until then. I know that a film should be able to stand on its own, but I'm being biased right now because ShinjixKaworu.
Man of Steel
I normally don't like watching superhero movies (which is why it'll probably be a while before I watch Iron Man 3 lol), but what turned me on to this one was director, Zack Snyder. Knowing his style, I wanted to see a Superman movie with some edge (also to wash the taste of Superman Returns out of my mouth). Unfortunately, this film was also disappointing. The action was pretty good (albeit a little drawn out in some fights) and the visuals were nice, but the acting was meh I actually almost burst out laughing when young Clark tells his mother, "The world is too big" and there were a handful of plot holes. They kinda abused queasy cam in some scenes, too. I also had a few questions that made me sigh: How the hell does Lois Lane not die in this movie? I understand that they might've extracted this information from Clark, but there's a point in the movie where a soldier mentions Krypton - how does he know the name of the planet that the aliens are from? How many people die in those buildings during Zod's fight with Clark? When we fastforward to Clark working at The Daily Planet, the buildings in the background look completely fine - who rebuilt everything and how long did that take? How does Lois Lane arrive at the exact moment and place where Superman has killed Zod to see him yell out in anguish? Well, there are probably a lot more problems I have with the film that I've forgotten since watching the it, but I'll just leave the negatives at that. I still found it pretty entertaining, and it's probably one of (if not the best) Superman film I've seen so far.
I probably would have never watched this movie if it weren't for del Toro's name on it. Nevertheless, I still went into the theaters with low expectations, but came out pretty surprised. Just a little. It was a pretty decent movie. Again, there are a lot of cliches in this film, but seeing both of his Hellboy movies, I can't help feel that that's what del Toro might've aimed at. It was also a pleasure to see Charlie Day act in this film and I might say it was a little disappointing not seeing him become a character that you're not used to seeing him in, but that might be why he was cast as the eccentric Dr. Newton. I saw the possibilities in Mori's relationship with Beckett to be more intimate and romantic were it not a PG-13 rating, but I think I prefer this portrayal. The acting and dialogue was also a little meh with some of the characters, but whatevs. Not too much to criticize and not too much to praise. Still very enjoyable. I also have a thing for women with short hair.
Remembering the awesomness of District 9, this was another film I was pretty enthused to see, but disappointed with. The acting and dialogue was okay (except for Jodie Foster's bilingual passes) and the visuals were nice. The action was also pretty good. Everything else was just disappointing. Liiiiiiikkkkkkkkeeee: Frey's daughter's hilarious inspiration story before Max leaves their place (I really don't like it when they try to make young people act as though they're complex enough thinkers to analyze a situation and be able to propose a solution in the form of a cute story just like that), the fact that no one on Elysium noticed Spider's crew heading towards them and no one tried to take them down while they were on their way or at least intercept them, how there are no droids around the government facility when insane Kruger and his two buddies are taking over it, Jodie Foster's character just hires this clearly insane person to be a part of her secret police, all you need to do is just program it so that anyone can be an Elysium citizen and that just contradicts the need to have a bar code (I could probably be missing something here), that president guy banging on the door while his ninja team is already effectively breaking through it Although, one thing I really enjoyed was the insane asshole character that was Kruger. He played a pretty good antagonist and was probably my favorite character.
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
The film's about a lonely young woman who tries to secretly make others around her happy after a certain event. One such person she anonymously helps is quirky young man who loses an album collection of photos. Eventually, they both begin to take interest in each other, but she denies the fact that she was the one who helped him and is afraid of coming out to him with her feelings. The film is pretty quirky (almost like a Wes Anderson film) and surreal. Although I did enjoy it, I had a few issues, some involving development with the characters and their relationships and the eccentric characters' acting. Most of the charm comes from the protagonist's funny and elaborate efforts to satisfy her targets. The message is easily received and the atmosphere gives a warm feeling to the audience through bright color tones (much, again, like a Wes Anderson film). Overall, it's a film that you can watch with your friends and enjoy some light-hearted comedy. Also, this is the third film I've seen Tautou star in and I can definitely say that she's the most attractive in this one.
This is the first Lars von Trier film I have ever seen and probably not going to be my last. The film follows two sisters, one of which has recently been married and is attending a reception set up by the other. In the introduction, it is revealed that Earth will eventually face an apocalypse. The film is not concerned with explaining the mechanics behind how the apocalypse happens, but with how people (more specifically the two sisters) deal with their emotions and thoughts as the end nears them. The message is presented through the two sisters' emotional states and their exchanging in the second half of the film. Although I really enjoyed this film, there were a few issues that I had with some characters' decision making and reactions. However, those might just be preferences. The cinematography was excellent and was one of the things worth noting about this film along with Kirsten Dunst's performance. I definitely recommend watching this and I look forward to watching the other two films in Trier's Depression Trilogy.
The story is about a couple and how their everyday lives are unhinged when they start receiving videotapes on their doorstep which include surveillance footage of the exterior of their house. These "attacks" stir up the main character's memories and guilt from an incident between himself and another person years ago. There were many questions I had during and at the end of the film that the director might have deliberately put into his audience's heads in order to let themselves give the film their own meaning. This is the second film that I've seen directed by Haneke and I can say that he's very good at making his audience uncomfortable (as long as they can remain interested; his films usually run slow). There were some moments where the camera lingered and just drew on my tension. The film can also be a representation of the Paris massacre of 1961 which is mentioned in it. Overall, I did like the movie, but I wouldn't recommend it to most people I know because of its slow pacing and ambiguity.
Despicable Me 2An adorable and cute movie. I'd definitely recommend this as a good movie to see with kids, yours or a relative's. It wasn't quite what I expected and that's great. I would say it is as good as the original if not better. I really don't have anything negative to say about it. It's a great children's movie but can easily be enjoyed by an adult also.
The Hangover 3This movie was a disappointment. It was not nearly as funny as the first two movies. I think I gave a real laugh maybe twice; once at the beginning and once at the end. The ending is the best part. Everything else was pretty, meh. Perhaps the script writers and director set the goal too high for themselves with the first two movies but this last one just wasn't up to the cut. It's definitely not worth buying so please don't waste your cash.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The film tells the story of a relationship between two young women in France. Before watching the film, I had read the graphic novel it was adapted from and I can say that I enjoyed it. There were a handful of parts that I found pretty comical (pun intended) and a little too emotional, but I think that most of the melodrama wasn't off-putting or too bad. Overall, I found the graphic novel pretty enjoyable and holding just the right amount of emotion to be effective. Onto the film: It's different. Instead of holding true to the original source, the director takes on a more realistic and less emotional approach in terms of character and events. The anxious and confused Clementine (Adèle in this film adaption) is now turned learning and internally stable. The characters don't seem to be as prone to fits of depression or anxiety, but when the script and director requires it, great acting and performance prove to effectively translate emotions. Sometimes, less is more. There's something to be learned from subtlety that most romance/drama films don't seem to utilize as much. The sex: There's a lot. Beforehand, I thought that the MPAA was just being a homophobic fuck again, but I can say that they fairly rated this film NC-17. There were times when I felt I could have went to the restroom and bought some nachos and still wouldn't have missed anything except for some great skin and pornstar moans. It's funny how well the actresses performed in the rest of the film, yet they portray sex like they've only seen/experienced it on the Internet. Disappointing. I'm still going to admit that this was the closest I've ever been to being aroused while watching a lesbian sex scene (which made me feel a little uncomfortable sitting next to my friend). Another thing I didn't like was how sex seemed to play a significant role in the couple's relationship. I felt that the characters seemed so weak to their natural urges. But maybe that's something that the director wanted to give to the audience. There are people I know who do seem to equate love with how much sex they have. Overall, I enjoyed the film. The acting was pretty good and I liked the realistic portrayal of their relationship. The message is pretty sad when you get it, maybe equaling to that of the comic's. The only thing I had a problem with was the length and quality of near-pornographic sex.
Recently watched the Drumline. Not a particularly new movie but I had the opportunity to learn about it during my concert band camp.
It follows an arrogant college kid who has an astounding talent for the snare drum. He enters the college military band (and goodness, is their training vicious!) with a bad attitude, thinking his talent will override all else. There is conflict between the superiors over whether they should accede on account of his talent or clamp down on their strict respect rules.
Quite inspirational. Also, the amazing drumline performances was an incentive. I'm not a percussionist, but those wicked moves had to be appreciated! :)
Hmm... Let's see... I've already said what I feel about Her and Kids Return, the two movies I just watched recently (Seriously, Kids Return, best film ever). So that leaves me with one I haven't mentioned...
Not the second one (still have to watch that maybe tomorrow), Anchorman is one stupid movie.
It tells the story of Ron Burgundy, an anchorman, in a time before cable, when the local anchorman reigned supreme, when people believed everything on TV, the age when only men were allowed to read the news... So... this movie tells the story of when a woman was first allowed to read the news!
This movie is just stupid through and through and I love it! Also, at the end, I realized that I've actually finished this movie before but I've completely forgotten about it :\ So yeah, this movie isn't really that memorable, especially because I realized I just watched it like 3 months ago and then thought I haven't watched it until yesterday D:
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.I.C.K.E.D. (World In Chaos Killzone Experiment Department). Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.
This has been an amazingly popular movie here recently, namely because it is Dylan O'Brien's first lead (or so I've heard). Well, that wasn't the reason why I watched it though. Despite its current buzz, I think the movie was only moderately good. Yes, it was exciting in terms of the maze setting and vaguely survival-of-the-fittest feel. Nonetheless, it was nothing out of the ordinary. The setting felt like the Hunger Games, and the main character was a typical 'brave and radical' main character who made certain irrational decisions. CG used for the Grievers made me laugh quite a bit.
If you enjoyed Divergent and the Hunger Games, you would probably enjoy this.
OMG DAT ASIAN GUY IN THE CAST. I know him -o-o-
He's always in wong fu production's videos. Anyways, I was kind sscared it was a another hunger games, but it doesn't look like that at all, so kewllll
@mizlily - Heh, I did like the Asian man's character! The maze setting and survival theme felt like the Hunger Games, yes, but the plot was portrayed differently.
I actually watched this yesterday (yes like bloody finally), and despite of the lacking more plots to the story (which I hope they'll make another sequel to it), I definitely enjoyed it than The Divergent and The Hunger Games.
I kind of think that if I live there to be as a runner it'll definitely be a good exercise to me.
Also, Minho is hot!
In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
So I watched this today, and I have to say this is one of the movie that I would watch again because it's one of the movie where they only introduced the character as his name and current job, one part where he had a relationship and that he reads book, also that he's somewhat unique in character, as if he is a perfectionist and always ready in all situations, the kind that adapts very quickly to the surroundings, no they never mention anything about his past and claiming that it's all fake. The interesting thing in this story is that everyone wants to know who he is, including the audience themselves though unfortunately it's never answered till the end.
And it's not your typical story where all they have are people killing each other with guns mindlessly and then winning like it's nobody's business. It's the kind of story where "you fuck with my friends and I will fuck the shit out of you back." Makes me think that the world could really use more people like this, mysteriously being the hero and put an end to the source of the evil, yep he does not stop.
I really thought Denzel Washington actually put a good effort in his character, and also Marton Csokas as the villain, the only thing disappointing me here is that I was expecting a good fight between them but it was somewhat anticlimactic because the audience was given a pretty good impression of the villain when he appears but he somewhat doesn't apply that trait of him towards the end of the story, even though the main character still catches the spotlight of course (it's just me liking the antagonist so yeah).
This story shows that you don't need a gun all the time to kill someone, a creative thinking and mindset would do just fine.
Cool guys don't look at explosions btw
"you fuck with my friends and I will fuck the shit out of you back."
^ I love that phrase a lot.
Anyway, I have been wanting to watch it for quite a while. After reading yours, it just adds up on one more reason why I wouldn't mind throwing my money to watch it. Will be looking forward to it.
good then, try watching it later and tell me what you think of it. It's not disappointing in my opinion.
@Lieutenant sure, will do once I finish my stuff around this week. Need to settle some stuff first yo.
SnowpiercerThe movie is about a rebellion. An attempt to reach the front of the train and change order within it. It's pretty interesting. Think I'd give it a 4/5. Worth taking a look at.
A movie with a post apocalypse setting, a lot of those lately, with a frozen unsurvivable world.
The survivors all reside in a fast moving train that sustains a self supporting environment. The cars have everything from an aquarium to a garden.
The train was built by a mysterious figure known only as Wilford, who resides with the engine of the train and keeps it running. The rear of the train houses those who boarded for free and their descendants. They are kept in the worst conditions. Locked in, and fed disgusting black protein bars that look like jello. They are overcrowded and can't take baths.
22 Jump Street
Sequel to 21 Jump Street, the boys head to college with more or less the exact same plot as the first one, but with college antics.
Now, I'm not entirely sure if they intended to make a 22 Jump Street, but I'm glad they did, and I'm glad that they did it the way they did. 21 Jump Street was funny, it had a lot of young humor, lots of dicks and balls, but it was funny; Good, semi-clean fun, something to sit down and chillax to.
22 Jump Street is basically that on steroids. The entire movie feels like a parody of the first with even more dicks and balls. There are a lot of running jokes through the movie, most of which are pretty entertaining, especially the romances.
Acting was exactly as you'd expect from the cast; Ice Cube is angry, Channing is stupid as fuck, and Jonah Hill acts like a fat guy. And the black girl is cute.
I recommend it, especially if you're half asleep and just want to laugh. I personally was giggling through the entire time, and sometimes was literally laughing out loud. Would also make a great group movie, so if you've got equally tired/disoriented friends, make them watch it with you.
p.s Actually watch the credits. They do a list of fake movie posters for future movies. I really hope they make some of them reality. Especially the Russian one.
In the near future, Earth is no longer able to sustain humanity. Crops are being gradually wiped out by a blight, dust storms scour the land, and humankind has regressed to a failing agrarian society. The blight thrives on nitrogen, reducing the oxygen in the atmosphere and placing future generations at risk of suffocation. Cooper, a former NASA test pilot and engineer-turned-farmer lives with his family: his father-in-law, Donald; his son, Tom; and his ten year-old daughter, Murphy—better known as "Murph"—who believes that their house is haunted by a ghost that is trying to communicate with her. Cooper challenges Murph to prove the ghost's existence through scientific inquiry. He later discovers the "ghost" is an unknown form of intelligence sending them coded messages by means of gravitational waves, altering the dust on the floor in a binary pattern that directs them to the coordinates of a secret NASA installation led by Professor Brand, formerly one of Cooper's professors.
Here is a movie where it appears to be far than what the trailer shows you, which doesn't seem to be interesting at all, it was the total opposite of that. This movie worth the money that I spent to sit my are 3 hours just to watch this, yes the length of this movie is 3 hours, and haven't left me bored or tired on my seat at all.
During the time I watched this movie, it started pretty normally, just like any other movie, I didn't expect much even from watching the trailer, but since my friends kept bugging me to go watch it, so I did. When the movie gets better, I got all tensed, I didn't want to leave my seat or distract myself with whatever else other than the movie, it got me hooked up, the emotional baggage of this movie made me cry several times, I'd say bring some tissues when you want to watch this movie alright.
I really like how even though it's a sci-fi movie, it also has it's own drama and you immediately get on the feels train, even after the movie, the feeling still gets attached to you and linger around your head that you can't get enough of crying, or so it seems, it doesn't take a hopeless romantic movie to make you cry you know.
Hans Zimmer scored the music perfectly. It brings out the best part of this movie, which gets you all edged up on your seat. You know what, when I download this movie later, I would want to watch it again. I like how they use the whole concept of time and space in this one and at the same time they don't make it boring.
I wouldn't say that this is a perfect movie and all that, but to their specific genre, it's worth it to check it out, even though the trailer doesn't seem promising, but I can say you won't regret it when watching it.
btw they have the best robot friend ever.
I've also watched this movie recently, and can attest to it's rising reputation. Of course, as Li said, it's not the perfect movie. There are clichés about the value and influence of love, and others. However, it also explores much more science fiction than I initially thought it would.
In one sentence, I would describe it as relating space and time through gravity. I was pretty amazed by how they managed to display this visually. Although mind-boggling for most, it was probably really difficult to even showcase the concept that simply. It's definitely not as boring as it seems in the trailer.
The rotating galaxy scenes really made me dizzy, though...
Shortly after being rescued from the maze trials, Thomas and the remaining Gladers - Newt, Minho, Teresa Agnes, Frypan and Winston - are taken to a facility run by Mr. Janson. He explains that the facility is a safe haven, protecting them from WICKED, the Flare virus and the Cranks, and provides them clothes, food, and sanitation, where there are other survivors of multiple mazes are also present. Thomas becomes curious about their activities and manages to find out what is really happening behind the closed doors. With help from Aris Jones, it is revealed that WICKED's leader Ava Paige is still alive and that Mr. Janson is working for WICKED, as they discuss about the experiment on the Immunes and that Janson has yet to find The Right Arm, a resistance group located at the mountains. The group, including Aris, escapes the facility, as Janson orders his WICKED troops to track them down, where they find themselves in the deserted outside world - the Scorch.
So yes, it's the 2nd movie of the Maze Runner. It's about 131 minutes long (2 hours plus), you will realize how long it is when you watch it, because you will notice a lot of things in this movie, it has put a lot of things inside, making it neat and just enough to fill in everything, it has varieties and new characters, different settings and such. It won't waste your time with useless fillers and long talking because, face it, everyone wants to get straight to the point. I think it only has that one scene in the party that's kind of a waste of time for me, but then again that's just me I guess.
Unlike the last movie, it's all clear and less confusing in this one, and more intensity. The places keep changing and since they're no longer inside the maze trials, it's more adventure for them in that world of post-apocalyptic setting, discovering more dangerous threat(s) out there, aside from being special (and wanted) individuals themselves. Yeah, it's hard being famous and getting everyone (the authorities, whatever) chasing up on your ass and you have to keep running from them.
You'll probably be thinking that you're watching some sort of a zombie movie during the time (like Resident Evil or sort whatever zombie movies/games out there), and obviously, there's a lot of running and intense shit going on, this movie is packed with action, so it definitely keeps your 2 hours+ occupied, gluing your eyes onto the screen.
The thing I liked is that there are scenes that are somewhat a classic "all the fucking time" sequence whenever shit is about to happen, sounds cliche but it's like old favourites, you don't get bored of it and you will look forward to more.
The ending obviously keeps you hanging, since there'll be a third movie. So yeah. The screening this time gives more spotlight to the main character for real since we all know Minho is much more famous than Thomas unlike the last movie, though honestly saying pretty much everyone gets some share of the camera anyway, so that you don't feel too less-connected with the rest of the characters.
Because the ending though, I am so looking forward to the 3rd movie.
Since we have the Chess Tournament going, this was pretty much a very obvious thing to watch:
Yep, pretty much a movie about Bobby Fischer, him becoming a chess legend and, ultimately, his match against Boris Spassky for the title of the World Chess Champion. Movie stars Tobey Maguire, and let me tell you - even after all this Spiderman movies crap, he is a pretty decent actor. So don't skip the movie if you don't like him - watch it and change your opinion.
But enough about that. The film is pretty much psychological drama, most of it dealing with Bobby Fischer slowly (or not so slowly) going batshit fucking insane, while remaining the chess monster that he was. And him going against everyone. Mainly the Boris Spassky, obviously. But movie deals with him accusing Russians of cheating, of him accusing pretty much everyone of being in conspiracy against him... Hell, they even have that phrase about teeth fillings and how those can be used to spy on you. And those scenes get really intense, making it almost hard to look at it. And let me tell you, I don't mean it in a bad way - I mean that scenes make you feel involved enough to feel bad for the characters.
But the thing I liked is... Sure, the movie deals heavily with idea of Fischer going against all Soviet Union. And it is a main theme for the middle of the film. But it doesn't feel forced, because, well, that's the kind of time it was. And at the end all that matters is just who will win. Not which country, but just which of those two Grandmasters, who turn out to be much more similar than they both think.
All in all - damn nice movie. Think about it - they had to make movie about game of chess somehow intense and gripping for the movie-watchers. That's no small task, and they did it. So I recommend this for anyone who likes a good drama, and also - obviously - for all chess players.