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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)



Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)




7/10



Starring
Chris Evans
Scarlett Johansson
Sebastian Stan
Anthony Mackie


Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo



Winter Soldier is everything you need in a movie: the fun, the suspense, the thrill, the magical fights and falls, the lines will all stand out in your mind, as the directors Anthony & Joe Russo put together scenes that will be hard to forget.
What an awesome way to prep us for Captain America: Civil War (2016). Another thing to look forward to is Robert Redford, I enjoyed his acting and he delivered such a performance that will make you the viewer respect this vintage actor. (If you have no idea who Robert Redford is, I advise you check him out on Wikipedia.)
What a memorable movie and the effects were good enough to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

The reason I took my time in watching this movie is the bad after taste I had from seeing Thor: The Dark World (2013). After seeing the issue Marvel had in doing a comeback for Thor, I felt Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) will be crap, until a friend convinced me otherwise. This also kept me from seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), but not Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)which happened to be awesome.

The moment I was done watching this awesome flick, I was geared towards seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) so as to be in par with what is happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and make sure I understand what will be happening when the Civil War kicks off in 2016.

The movie starts with Captain America (Chris Evans) and his team carryout a successful mission, which the aftermath led to the introduction of the Winter Soldier and the assassination of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

The Winter Soldier happens to be an old personal friend of Captain America way back during World War II, until he was captured and experimented on by Hydra.

Yep, Hydra is back and this time they have been working in the shadows and hiding in plain sight, right there in Shield. Growing and plotting a world takeover bid, which includes taking control of Shield. They kicked that off by sending The Winter Soldier to kill Nick Fury and turned Captain America and Black Widow into a fugitive wanted by the law.

Captain America and Black Widow sought help from Caps new friend Sam Wilson “Falcon.” Together the three of them backed up with a surprise visit from the land of the dead have to get into Shield HQ and take down Hydra from the inside.

The film was a critical and commercial success grossing over $714 million from a $170 million budget and you need to see this movie.

The Maze Runner: The Scotch Trials (2015)



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The Maze Runner: The Scotch Trials (2015)



6/10



Starring
Dylan O'Brien
Kaya Scodelario
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Ki Hong Lee
Will Poulter

Directed by Wes Ball


Looking more like a loaded gun waiting to exploded, but just missing the mark is the follow up to The Maze Runner (2014). The movie was like, get free to be captured. Break free and get captured. Break free again and get captured. In captivity they get captured.

After seeing the first movie in the series I had to see the second to know what will happen to the young adults, after they got out of the maze.
Maze Runner: The Scotch Trials introduces us to a new world, which seemed suspicious. Exciting as the first Maze Runner was the second wasn’t as exciting and the movie tries to play with your mind a little digging hard to make you as intrigued as you were when watching the first film.

Taking too long to get started is this second part in the Maze Runner trilogy, but when the running starts and the fighting begins I started to sit up aching to see what it was all about.

Guys, I saw zombies. The end of the first movie gives us an idea of what the next movie would have installed for us, but zombies wanting to eat humans wasn’t what I expected. Which made me glad I didn’t read up the movie before watching because zombies are not my thing. But I have to give it to the director, what he did was to make the movie not focus on the zombies and people trying to get away from them, (although there is a long scene where we see our leads running from these creatures). But, the movie focuses on the young adults who made it out of the maze and the people who captured them after they did.

The Scotch Trials was released in 2010 and is James Dashner’s follow up book to The Maze Runner. The movie picks up where the first left off. The Boys and girl were picked up by the same people who locked them in the Maze although they didn’t know that right then. Things seemed suspicious as Thomas was not allowed to see Teresa. The quest to find her led him and the rest to discover what their captors wanted with them. So they escape, and run into zombie like creatures. They escape from them to run into a group of survivors. Their previous captors and Maze owners WCKD came after them again. They escape and run into another group of survivors. Betrayed by someone in their group, WCKD finds them and we have a mild blood bath, with some getting captured again.

Thomas is now hell bent on bringing the fight to WCKD.

The movie finally introduce faces I knew, as the adults in the movie were more familiar, I would not rate this movie lower than the first, but I would say I hope the third movie in the series is packing. Good follow up, but could have been better.

The Maze Runner (2014)



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The Maze Runner (2014)



6/10



Starring
Dylan O'Brien
Kaya Scodelario
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Ki Hong Lee
Will Poulter

Directed by Wes Ball


Now, this movie hit me from a cliché point, people trapped on what seems to be an island or enclosure with no memory why. Then one day someone who happens to be different from them in thinking comes in and shakes everything up.
Well, I would have turned the movie off right then if I wasn’t excited to see what was beyond the wall of the maze.

The maze is well casted, the CGI and directing is awesome. The moment you start watching it will be difficult to stop as not only the actors, but the story is captivating enough to keep you wanting more… (and there is more folks).

The mystery of what the movie and what the events are all about will keep you glued and the deaths of the people around is sad enough to make you want revenge for the young adults trapped in the maze. The thrill the movie delivers is enough for you to have a great day.

The movie pushes your thinking a little making you ask, if you were in the maze will you want out, or will you make a life in the maze and desire to keep living there.

I watched this movie based on a recommendation, and not having an a idea what the movie had to offer nor reading the book either I just took a chance and I’m glad I did.

Based on a book released in 2009 by James Dashner, the movie and book is the first in the trilogy series of The Maze Runner.

The movie starts with a teenage boy waking up in a box heading up, he finds himself in place called the Glades where young males youths like him have been living together in a society for years. His memory is gone and the only thing he could remember is his name.

The glades has walls rising to the top, with them in the middle, they are boxed in except there is an exit which opens and shuts. The exit leads to a maze, a maze no one has been able to get to the end of.

The boy’s name is Thomas and he is a curious cat, he wanted out and broke all the rules of the Glades society. The have a group called the runners who go into the maze to map it out and search for a way out. But, Thomas one day went in after them when it seemed the Runners were not going to make it out before the doors shut them in and they are killed off by some creatures of the maze.
Thomas did the impossible, no one has ever gone into the maze when and stay there the whole day and survive Thomas did and also did something else. The Maze is like the PAC man game, there are things in the Maze trying to kill you, gigantic creatures that no one has ever seen and lived to tell about it. Thomas saw one and killed it, changing everything.

The movie cast (some) are relatively new to me except Thomas Brodie-Sangster who plays Newt the second in command in the Glades, I recall him from Doctor Who and some other movies. Ki Hong Lee who plays Minho a runner in the movie is also someone I recall seeing in some TV-series, like Modern Family, Victorious and the crappy The Nine Lives of Chloe King. Everyone else is unknown to me, but they were good actors and after looking them up in Wikipedia, they are well seasoned.

You have to catch this movie with a friend, it is awesome.