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Maze Runner: The Death Cure & Insidious: The Last Key - Movie Reviews

Welcome back to yet another "Double Header Review". I naturally love sharing my opinions on movies in a simple format like this when compared to a more regular format which is our "Honest Movie Reviews". This week, I'm discussing two films that I missed watching in theaters and these were two sequels of two reputable franchises. Well, maybe not! Nevertheless, here are my thoughts!

As always, let's see how well these films were received critically and commercially. Insidious: The Last Key made 166.3 million worldwide with a production budget of 10 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 32%. Maze Runner: The Death Cure made 284 million worldwide from its 62 million production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 42%. 

"Maze Runner: The Death Cure" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 2.75/5

Maze Runner is a decent franchise, I enjoyed the first installment and the second one was sub-par. So, being the third film in a YA franchise, my expectations were low as I expected nothing but entertaining and exciting action sequences and a good enough climax to cap-off the franchise on a good note. Well, I should say that it did deliver in few aspects primarily the action scenes which were well-shot, directed and choreographed. But, the runtime of this film is 142 minutes, which was an awfully long stretch, with a basic storyline, this film would've easily benefitted with a shorter runtime and swift narration.

Also, Dylan O'Brien is a star to watch out for and his hard work and dedication pay off in the film as his action sequences and character work was remarkable which was the major positives among others. Overall, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a decent finish to a decent franchise that I will forget in the next few months. This film had few things to offer like entertaining action scenes and solid performances, but ultimately the storyline and the runtime spoiled the movie for me.

"Insidious: The Last Key" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 2.5/5

The Insidious franchise is an interesting one, the first two films were legitimately scary, remarkably shot and directed. Well, that's what you expect from a masterclass director like James Wan right? I honestly don't remember what happened in the third film and I never cared to watch it again the second time. And when I saw the promos for the fourth film, I thought that this is franchise will inevitably fall off a cliff like every other horror franchise when studios try to milk one sequel after another until they reach an obscure saturation point. 

IIn this film, we explore the dark and disturbing childhood of Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and how her father used to abuse her when she was a child. So, the first thing that you might be wondering, is this film scary? Yes! Mildly! They're few jump scares here and there and that's about it! Now, one of the primary problems that I had with the film is the storyline. Do we really have to know what happened in Elise's past? No! Or maybe, is it at least interesting? Again, No! This is the only significant problem that almost all horror franchise face and The Last Key falls into the same class. But, at the least, this film is not bad, it had few moments and is not a monotonous watch. Give it a shot when you're bored and have nothing else to do or watch.

-A Double Header Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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The Maze Runner - Movie Review

Verdict - "Dark, spooky and wicked. The Maze Runner is an imposing attempt."

What can we expect when a teenage best-selling novel twirls into a movie? An enchanting love story from an endearing couple? or our friendly homo sapiens known as vampires running around in a forest?

Every novel with the word "teen" in it will be converted into a movie these days and that's the latest trend my friend. Now, with such ludicrous impression on these movies, I thought the Maze Runner will be a debacle like many others and to my surprise, I actually liked this movie and I'm quite surprised with the outcome so far.

What made this movie unique when compared to others? Maybe because of the plot which was quite familiar with Hunger Games? I don't quite agree with that, the story was fascinating indeed. But then again, the dark and the somber vibe that was carried till the third act made me submerse into the movie completely as I was left with no objections.

Now with a quite a massive setup till the climax, we do expect something grand to happen which was favourable and gratifying. But things do change abruptly, nonsensical things happen and in the end the climax felt a bit juvenile. I don't say that it's horrible, but with a plot that was arranged to a great extent for ninety minutes was deflated with a mediocre acme.

This movie is for sure a bolt from the blue, Wes Ball known for his short films from the past, is an absolute newbie to the director's seat and he did a splendid job in my opinion, he took the movie seriously and didn't countenance any cheap teen jokes to ruin the experience.

On top, the cast in the movie is what got me worried about the movie, I thought that it'l be outlandish to watch them, but they smacked me out completely. Dylan O'Brien was remarkable in the movie accompanied by the complete cast including Blake Cooper, Thomas Sangster and Aml Ameen. Also a special mention to Will Poulter for his amazing performance as a depraved heel.

Furtherless, The Maze Runner is an impressive movie for me, I went with completely zero expectations and I found myself enjoying the movie till the grand finale and as I mentioned above the climax was a bit stale and ordinary. Aside from that, I'm pumped up for it's sequel and I never thought I would say that.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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