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The Giver + The Maze Runner Reviews

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 19, 2014, 11:25 AM

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:star: The Giver
:bulletblue: IMDB: 6.6/10
:bulletblue: Rotten Tomatoes: 36%
:bulletblue: Budget: 45 million

"In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world."

Actually, I didn't mind this movie. Sorry critics, I'm going with the plebs again on this one. It wasn't great, but a soft "good".
The previews made it seem like it was going to be another "Divergent" with stupid teenager adrenaline rushes. Buuut, they played this one pretty smart. Plus it has Jeff Bridges, so.
The use of color in this one was pretty good, I must say. Anyone who knows the giver knows that color plays a big part of the story. Depending on the scene it was black and white, full color, or subdued.
There isn't too much I'd change about it except to make it more like the book. I haven't read the book (I don't read much anymore since the internet tricked me into reading Twilight and The Hunger Games), but I can tell where they strayed from the path. For one thing they made the characters older just so they could throw in a love interest thing, and there are also other things that were out of place that should've been left out.
The ending is hard to make sense of as well, which I also blame on the writers straying from the book.

Lots of real sets and good camera work.

So! I'd say worth a watch. I saw it in theaters because I thought it'd be bad and fun to gossip about, but it was surprisingly decent.



:star: The Maze Runner
:bulletblue: IMDB: 7/10
:bulletblue: Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
:bulletblue: Budget: 34 million

"Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape."

When MistyTang and I saw the preview for this movie we immediately said to each other: "That looks way better than The Hunger Games and Divergent". And we were right! Unfortunately we didn't see this one in theaters. I wish we had.

This means that I'm going with the common people again on this one! A good 7/10 is just right.
The Maze Runner is played pretty dang smart. Great pacing and direction caused MistyTang and me to watch the movie with rapt attention. There were even some moment I said out loud, "chiiiiiild!" meaning, "what's gonna happen now?!"

The movie sported some fantastic real sets inside the maze (which is always good for these CG-weary eyes).
You'll notice the budget was pretty low on this one (for modern day films) so it's no wonder they made actual sets and forewent a lot of CG blue filter lighting. That being said I wish the budget was even lower so that they'd have made the creatures in the maze using puppets. There were some moments they used real props, but it would have been fantastic if they were all real. Any animatronic creature is a thousand times more frightening than a big fake collection of ones and zeroes.

The movie had a very strong middle act that's worth watching alone!

The one bone I have to pick with the movie (besides CG) is the ending which felt kinda out of place with the rest of the movie. I can actually forgive it though because it's supposed to lead you into the sequel.

Also there was a girl and no romance. How rare is that?!

So, yes. Give this little movie that everyone overlooked a chance. It's hella better than The Hunger Games and Divergent.

:star: And the reason I bring up the budgets:
Because the bigger budget dystopian movies: Hunger Games and Divergent don't look as good. I'm not going to give all the reasons why I like The Giver and The Maze Runner better than those two movies, but one of the big reasons is aesthetics and direction. The bigger budget a movie gets these days, the more they tend to blow it on super fake CG.
And those dastardly blue/gray filters they throw over ever dang scene. (as if it's hard to make REAL blue lighting? You get a blue lightbulb, screw it in, and shine it on the characters! Sheesh!)

I don't tend to bring up CG much these days because ehhhh. it's everywhere it's everywhere! But, for dystopia the sets are extra important to establish the feel of the world. Who cares about a big fake blue CG city when you can have a real set for the characters run through?

The Hunger Games (1) cost 78 million. This one looks bad mostly because of the direction, though. The sets were fine. The CG was crappola.
Divergent cost the most with 85 million and it looked the worst of the lot. Bad direction + bad CG.

The Maze Runner cost the least and looked the best.


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SquidHatJenkins Featured By Owner Edited Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hidy Ho!! I would very much like to enter your contest!! 

I apologise for the quality, I had to take a picture and upload it instead of scanning so  I could make it on time Sweating a little...  

Please let me know if I qualify for the contest! 

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MrDataTheAwesome Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  New member Student Artist
Hi I'm a member of the StarTrek-Club and I was wondering if it would be ok if I posted a few of my star trek comics on there..... I just don't know whether it's something that you would allow on there.... there is no inappropriate parings or anything in them it's funny stupid things that I come up with.....  
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Quoth143 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student
Hi. I saw your work on The Duck Webcomics. I really enjoy your work!
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danee313 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014   General Artist
Great Gallery! :D :heart:
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UsagiTenshi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the :iconllama-plz:! :iconglompageplz:
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Thank you^^
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smallproblem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey there. It's been a while!
Right at the top of my scraps are two sketches of Jeremy and another four of various other characters. 
I'm sorry it took so long. 
As I mentioned before, you may pick one, and I'll colour it in.
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shanedaman2014 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014   Filmographer
Hello I see you want to put my pic in your club, first off thank you, second I'm ok with it but do me a favor. Tell the people to give me a feedback when they fav please, because it appreciates me more, and that I never do and it piss me of
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AnotherOddity Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my journal about Rebels in your Star Wars group.
I hope to contribute more to it's folders in the future.

I'm flattered you thought what I wrote was worth sharing. :)
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ZenAquariaPony Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello~
Dunno if you remember me (old account Chobaryu), but I had a stroll through memory lane the other day and wound up looking through your gallery and being amazed at where you are now in skill. :D

Just kinda decided to drop by and say "hi"; been missing a lot of the folks I knew on my previous account. :3
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