Sunday, February 21, 2016

#JustaQuickiePlease: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review

If you watched Warm Bodies and thought to yourself, "that has to be the lamest zombie movie ever," do I have a news flash for you.  YA has outdone itself again, taking a true horror concept and transforming it into a watered down adventure farce that plagiarizes the ideas of every other novel focused on the pre-teen demographic with CGI effects literally hacked from the CPUs of the I am Legend crew.   The gang is back, running away from WCKD, but this time in an apocalyptic landscape rather than a ridiculously convoluted maze test.  And while we are on topic; really guys, let's just go ahead and name the villains straight out wicked.  I mean, forget about ambiguity or creativity.  Why the hell not, the audience you're aiming for is not actually looking for a mental stretch.  Our heroes are pursued by the forces that held them captive in the first movie, along with some Mad Max rejects and a host of the goofiest looking undead you may ever see.  The effects are so bad they almost parody themselves.   With acting stale enough to rival its predecessor and a consistent dose of unrealistic action; this second go round outdoes the first for all the wrong reasons.  The good news there will be a third and final installment, so we can all hope the world truly ends before that.  0 out of 5 Kernels; another utterly un-aMazing film by Wes Ball.    

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