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Posts Tagged ‘ The Hunger Games ’

Film Review: The Maze Runner

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A mix between Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games, the latest YA book to receive a Hollywood makeover is The Maze Runner. Like so often the story is set in a post-apocalyptic world and author James Dashner refrains from any vampire fangs or werewolf bites and centres his trilogy around a group of young boys.

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up to find himself in a vacant filed surrounded by a group of modern day lost boys. He tries to make a run for it but soon discovers that the field is surrounded by towering stone walls with only a tantalizing gap into the unknown as a way out. But before Thomas can escape the boys catch up with him and he discovers a whole new problem, his memory has been wiped. Continue reading

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The Giver Review: ‘A Bland Tale Of An Unhappy Future’

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Based on Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel The Giver shows the darker side to young adult fiction and a dysfunctional dystopia.

The idea is similar to Logan’s Run, Divergent or even distantly to The Hunger Games, however less action packed.

Set in a colourless world that has eliminated all emotions, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is selected to be the new “Receiver of Memory”. Since no one can remember the past and no one is able to feel pain; anger, desire, joy or love, one citizen in this bland utopia is chosen to feel and remember. Continue reading

Which Film Will Reign as the Biggest of 2012?

2012 has the potential to be a big year for film. Perhaps film studios believe in the Mayan prophecy and this is their last year to make a big pay day, perhaps The Sopranos were right when they said the only business’ unaffected by the recession are The Mafia and the Film Industry or maybe after a lacklustre 2011 they owe us. Big time.

Of all the films to be released this year which could potentially be the biggest, both critically and commercially? The Hunger Games has done big business already earning $531,070,000 worldwide. Of course when labelled with the tag “The New Twilight” it’s always going to attract attention, much more surprising is the critical success it has gotten, something its predecessor has never received.

On May 8th The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble to give its official title, used so as to avoid confusion with the 1960’s TV show of the same name) is released and given the fact that five films Iron Man 1 and 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: First Avenger have all been building to this and have grossed a whopping $2,290,443,467 at the box office big things are expected financially.

But what about critically? Given its cast (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson) as well as it writer/director Joss Whedon and his knack for working well with ensemble casts, The Avengers could be a huge hit.

Speaking of ensemble casts The Expendables 2 is released worldwide on August 17th. The first film was a hit earning $274, 470, 394 worldwide, which is impressive given its R rating in the States. The Expendables was released to Mixed reviews which could hinder its box office receipts, but given its cast (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis) and the fact that there has been 80’s movie revival as of late, expect The Expendables 2 to at the very least equal its predecessors box office.

Two major films will be released towards the end of the year. Skyfall the new instalment in the James Bond Franchise which is now entering its 50th year will be released on October 26th and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the first part in a two part film will be released on December 14th.

Two however will battle it out for the biggest film of the year. Prometheus starring our own Michael Fassbender and The Dark Knight Rises. In development for a number of years Prometheus originally started out as a direct prequel to Alien. Over the course of its development its link to Alien seems to have diminished, now only being described as “sharing the same DNA” as its predecessor. One direct link however is its director Ridley Scott, directing his first Sci-Fi movie since 1982’s Blade Runner which is reason enough to get the fanboy’s into the cinema.

Since the first image of Prometheus was shown last year its marketing campaign has been steadily building towards its June 8th release date. A number of trailers have been released heightening the anticipation. The first 13 minutes were shown last week in London to rave reviews. The Hype for Prometheus has been steadily climbing, but can it live up to it?

The main deciding factor for this could come down to its rating. When discussing its rating last week Ridley Scott said “I want certification for this film that allows me to make as large a box office as possible”. That statement would suggest that Prometheus will hope to attain a PG-13/12A rating which would then put the film in a position to attain a higher box office then the first 4 Alien films which were rated R.

Prometheus’ main rival is The Dark Knight Rises the third film in the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise. Its predecessor The Dark Knight was released in 2008 to critical and commercial claim grossing $1,001,921,825 worldwide and it is expected that the Dark Knight Rises will at least match that figure and considering Christopher Nolan’s track record as well as the fact that it has already received a PG13 rating it would not be surprising to see The Dark Knight Rises improve on that figure.

Its marketing campaign has been quiet the last two months and there having a number of criticisms regarding the muffled voice the principle villain Bane, but despite this and taking into consideration the success of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight expectations are still sky high.

General Consensus dictates that in recent years that the majority of the “Big Movies” haven’t been good enough, so with a line-up of movies, led by Prometheus and the Dark Knight Rises could 2012 be one of those years where the paying audience gets something worth paying for?

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