Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Maze Runner + The Imitation Game Reviews (No Spoilers)

This week I saw two incredible films: The Maze Runner and The Imitation Game.

The Maze Runner is about a group of boys released one by one each month into an unknown location surrounded by a maze. They have made that place their home; where they herd goats, make their own homes + clothes and hunt for their own food. The maze is a series of high, moving concrete walls and it shuts every night and opens up every morning, it is deemed highly dangerous as what is inside remains a mystery. None of them know why they have been placed there nor remember anything about themselves apart from their names. It isn't until a boy named Thomas (Dylan O'Brien') and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) turn up and they are left a note which says "She is the last one, ever".....

I thought the film was brilliant, the actor was great and the storyline was confusing at times however it adds to the mysterious aura of it which makes you gagging for more! The film is 112 minutes long but I love action packed films because they always go so quickly and you are on the edge of your seat the whole time so when it's finished you are suddenly aware of your surroundings! If you loved The Hunger Games, you will definitely love this. The film also starres Will Poulter who was in the highly recognised film "We're The Millers". I loved him in that so was happy to see how he could portray a character in an action movie. 

As the film was based around these teenagers, it is such an awesome opportunity for them to become the next faces of Hollywood, and I think this was the director's motive. It is great to see two young Brits become increasingly famous in this industry!

I can't wait for the second installment now!

The Imitation Game is about a war hero named Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who cracked the Enigma Code of the second world war. The MI6 division kept this a government secret for the past 50 years until today. It tells the story of his determination to end the war with Germany and the prejudice that he encountered throughout this.

This film was incredibly good!! When I first heard about this film, I was unsure as I knew nothing about what the Enigma code was or anything about the second world war. So it was definitely a history lesson for me too. It has also been described as similar to 'The King's Speech' which I found very boring so I wasn't sure If I would enjoy this film. However, Benedict Cumberbatch was exceptional, and I can now finally understand why so many people are obsessed with him! He is an amazing actor and he really did justice for his part; he played Alan Turing really well. One of my favourite actresses, Kiera Knightly was also in the film. She helped Alan to crack the code as part of MI6. I always loved the films she is in and this one was no different! Both actors are top class which made this film A+ for me, the acting is believeable and emotional at the same time.

I am not going to post too much information on here, but I can truly say that this film is extraordinary and you can learn the history of the true story behind the Enigma code and the second world war and how heroic and yet tragic the whole story was for Alan Turing. An exceptional piece. This needs to win a Bafta.

The Maze Runner is out in UK cinemas now! The Imitation Game is out in UK cinemas on the 19th November!

Will you be seeing any? :)