Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Director: Wes Ball
Writer: T.S. Nowlin
Based on: James Dashner’s novel
Sequel to: The Maze Runner
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya ScodelarioDexter DardenAlexander Flores, Jacob LoflandRosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Alan Tudyk
Seen on: 9.10.2015

Plot [with spoilers for the first film]:
Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Frypan (Dexter Darden) made it out of the labyrinth and are now under the care of the resistance against WICKED, led by Janson (Aidan Gillen). But there is something fishy going on there as well and soon, Thomas and his friends find themselves on the run through a desolate world they barely understand.

Although I didn’t like the first book or film, I decided to give The Scorch Trials a try, fully expecting a bad, but entertaining film. What I got, though, was a bad and painfully boring film that is so stupid it becomes incomprehensible.

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The Maze Runner (2014)

The Maze Runner
Director: Wes Ball
Writer: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin
Based on: James Dashner’s novel
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson

Plot:
Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) finds himself among a group of other teenage boys in the middle of a maze. He has no memories of his previous life and no idea why he or the other boys are in the maze in the first place – none of them do. But they try their best to solve it and get out of there. But the maze is a dangerous, even deadly place and despite their best attempts to map it, they haven’t been successful so far. And then a mostly unconscious girl (Kaya Scodelario) is delivered to them, causing further confusion.

I was less than enthusiastic about the book and I am not sure whether I was even less enthusiastic about the film, or just equally unimpressed. In any case I was glad I won tickets and didn’t spend any money for it.

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The Internship (2013)

The Internship
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Josh BrenerDylan O’BrienTiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Josh Gad, Jessica Szohr, Rob Riggle, Eric André, Will Ferrell, John Goodman

Plot:
Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) have been salesmen and friends for their entire working life. But with the rise of the digital age, nobody really needs their services anymore. So they decide to start fresh – with an internship at Google. But not knowing anything about computers/the internet and competing with a whole lot of kids for the jobs might make everything a bit more difficult than they thought.

The Internship is fine. I basically saw it for Dylan O’Brien (though John Goodman and Max Minghella were a nice bonus) and if he hadn’t been in it and if I therefore hadn’t seen it, I probably wouldn’t have missed much. But it was entertaining enough.

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The First Time (2012)

The First Time
Director: Jon Kasdan
Writer: Jon Kasdan
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson, Craig Roberts, Lamarcus Tinker, Victoria Justice, James Frecheville, Joshua Malina, Christine Taylor, Molly C. Quinn

Plot:
Dave (Dylan O’Brien) and Aubrey (Britt Robertson) meet at a party. Even though Aubrey has a boyfriend and Dave is desperately trying to let Jane (Britt Robertson) know that he’s been in love with her for years, the two of them have an instant connection. A connection that will quickly change things for both of them in the course of a single weekend.

The First Time was really sweet. It wasn’t a great masterpiece of cinema, but it was fun, enjoyable and despite a couple of clichés, it did give us a different perspective on teenagers in love than we usually get.

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High Road (2011)

High Road
Director: Matt Walsh
Writer: Matt Walsh, Josh Weiner
Cast: James Pumphrey, Dylan O’BrienAbby ElliottRob Riggle, Joe Lo Truglio, Matt Jones, Lizzy Caplan, Rich Fulcher, Ed Helms

Plot:
After his band splits up, Fitz (James Pumphrey) turns to selling pot full-time, without the knowledge of his girlfriend Monica (Abby Elliott). He spends his days pretty aimlessly otherwise, spending most of his time with Jimmy (Dylan O’Brien), a boy from the neighborhood. When his drug business is  in danger of being discovered, Fitz takes off, taking Jimmy with him.

High Road was bad. Really bad. The acting was incredibly awkward, the story was boring and there was nobody you could actually care about among the characters. It just didn’t work.

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