The End Is Near: A Maze Runner Review

The Maze Runner Series
Book 1: The Maze Runner
Book 2: The Scorch Trials
Book 3: The Death Cure
by James Dashner

I started reading The Maze Runner as a way to prepare myself for the upcoming movie release. Curiosity got the best of me.

The Synopsis:
The Maze Runner was a quick read that pitted a number of young men and boys and one female against an invisible antagonist living within the confines of a large maze.

The Scorch Trials was a continuation of the first book - taking place immediately after the 20 survivors of the Maze are left for dead in the middle of nowhere. It is here we are introduced to the deadly Flare that is turning humans into Cranks at a seriously alarming rate.

The Death Cure was the final chapter. The remaining “survivors” have one more trial so that WICKED can complete the trials and save the world.

Ya, the story was interesting enough, and I kept wanting to read chapter after chapter after chapter, but ultimately … I was disappointed.

Here’s the problem:
I always thought there was a fourth book. Imagine my surprise when book 3 ended (rather abruptly I might add) and I was informed with a “sneak peek” chapter at the end of The Death Cure, that book 4 was going to be a prequel. A fucking prequel!!! My brain was not ready for the story to end, or a prequel for that matter. I was pissed. I don’t really care what happened before the maze. A prequel? Grrrrrrrr.

I also think the memory loss of all the “survivors” and the subsequent return of said memories throughout the story should have played more of a role in assisting the protagonists in “saving the world”. I kept hoping the main characters were going use all the information they were uncovering to take down the enemy. Nope, the memories were just memories, a way for the author to connect us to the real world.

Maybe the fourth book is the missing piece to the puzzle? Eh, I’m not sure I believe that.

Stay tuned.


Cowabunga Dude

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) -

The 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot was entertaining enough, but in the grand scheme of things I think that it could have been a whole lot better.

First of all; Megan Fox is pointless as an actress. She looks like a Botox advertisement. Why Michael Bay continues to work with her is beyond me. Enough already.

Secondly; The plot was weak. A few more edits could have done a world of difference.

And finally; Not one single character won me over. This movie was missing a lot of humility and once again I think it has everything to do with Megan Fox.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


22 Jump Street and Guardians of the Galaxy

They did it again. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum made a sequel that was funny and meaningful and I liked it.

Channing Tatum was so like able. Even with that oversized neck of his.

This movie is well worth your time, and that’s all I have to say about that.

This movie was exceptionally entertaining.

Synopsis: Twenty-six years after being abducted by space pirates, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser (the bad guy). To help fight Ronan and his allies and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team he refers to as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to save the world. Enter a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), a green girl (Zoe Saldana), a talking tree (Vin Diesel), and a very literal body builder (Dave Bautista) and you have the makings of the newest team of crime fighting bandits from Marvel.

It was funny and it was full of heart. And action. I really liked it and I can’t wait for Guardians 2. 

Lucy Lucy Lucy

Lucy -

This movie was everything that is wrong with Hollywood. The theatrical trailer was better than the actual film. I wanted Matrix with a female protagonist looking for revenge. I got scientific nonsense and an emotionless girl without a clue in the world.

The science was the problem. The opening scene had Morgan Freeman’s character giving a lecture about brain capacity. Morgan never actually said anything scientific here - everything that came out of his mouth was fluff - I don’t even know if what he was saying formed complete sentences. I was so confused. I was over so it. The End - this movie SUCKED.
P.S. - The first 20 minutes of the movie is worth watching, if you can keep your eyes on the screen. Hehe. Good Luck.