Hype Malaysia https://hype.my Malaysia's Latest News, Trends and Entertainment Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:20:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://hype.my/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/cropped-hype-ico3-32x32.png Hype Malaysia https://hype.my 32 32 57889494 12 Strong Review: A Decent Enough Time Killer https://hype.my/2018/151197/12-strong-review/ https://hype.my/2018/151197/12-strong-review/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:28:57 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151197 This isn't a movie we'll be talking about at the end of the year.

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There are two kinds of war films. The kind that is realistic, brutal and scares the living shit out of you like “Hacksaw Ridge” and “The Hurt Locker”, and the kind that is just a whole lot of fun, like “The Rock”. I tend to enjoy the former more. “12 Strong”, which just like “The Rock”, is a Jerry Bruckheimer production, strives to be the latter. But that is more of an observation than a criticism.

We all know the tragic tale of 9/11 that shook the United States and the rest of the world. It’s still surreal to think that my uncle was in the World Trade Centre only a couple days prior. We also know the story of how the US government, led by former President Barack Obama, took down the terrorist assface that is Osama bin Laden. But what we don’t know, until recently, is that immediately after the events of 9/11, 12 brave (more like batshit crazy) US soldiers rode on HORSES and managed the first victory on the war on terror — a war that we are still fighting to this day.

It is an interesting story. I just wished it would’ve been put to film by a more competent storyteller. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, “12 Strong” lacks a sense of realism and tension that this story desperately required. These are 12 soldiers, not in tanks, but on SIX HORSES, riding in a country which at the time was run by an Islamic extremist terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, whose idea of an early Christmas present is the heads of US soldiers on pikes.

This movie should have been a stressful experience. With every gallop, you should be fearing for the lives of these soldiers. Mix that with the fact that the soldiers’ only ally is an Afghan general, Dostam, and his men, who hate the Taliban and Al Qaeda slightly more than they hate the United States — what if Dostam and his men decide to betray them? By the end of the movie, my nails should have been devoured. But instead, I just sat back, munching away on my M&Ms. “12 Strong” isn’t a boring film; it just isn’t engrossing either. 

At times, this movie tries to be a character piece. This it is a character piece without any characterizations. Who are these characters? You don’t get to know them on a personal level, which would have been fine if this movie is more in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, which is more about an event, than people at the event. But “12 Strong” focuses on themes like ‘trust’ and ‘betrayal’; themes that only work if we know these characters on a personal level. But we don’t know anything about these characters beyond your typical Hollywood war movie cliches.

Chris Hemsworth is the good-looking team leader, who requests a demotion in order to serve his country on the field of battle. When his superior initially denies him the opportunity, he storms into his office and kicks his table down. Michael Pena has beef with Chris Hemsworth for reasons that scream let’s create drama for the sake of it. Michael Shannon is… well, he’s too good to be in this movie. They haves wives and before going to war, all the wives say wife-y things. “I will love you when you get home,” says Michael Shannon’s character’s wife. The rest of the soldiers just drop one-liners in the background. General Dostam is the most interesting character here, but that’s only because we’re told that he might betray the US, not because we feel it. Everyone does what they can performance wise, it’s the writing that is weak.

What keeps you reasonably entertained throughout is the action sequences, that do a solid job in highlighting the bloodiness of war, though, you would be foolish to expect something Mel Gibson-esque. The action sequences are aesthetically pleasing, but again, lacks a sense of danger. Not once do you actually worry about our fearsome soldiers. I rewatched Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” recently. There, Bigelow forces you to take a deep breath at the start of the film and you only let it out when the end credits roll. It is that nerve-wrecking. Every single second is riveting. “12 Strong” isn’t that, but it is a decent enough way to kill time.

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Jamie Dornan Once Glued A Wig To His Penis To Impress Girls https://hype.my/2018/151188/jamie-dornan-glued-wig-penis/ https://hype.my/2018/151188/jamie-dornan-glued-wig-penis/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:46:30 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151188 Jamie Dornan has become a sex symbol since taking on the role of Christian Grey in the “Fifty Shades” franchise. While many would assume he’s always been successful with the ladies, that was not the case when he was younger. During his recent appearance at the Graham Norton Show, the 35-year-old actor revealed that he went […]

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Jamie Dornan has become a sex symbol since taking on the role of Christian Grey in the “Fifty Shades” franchise. While many would assume he’s always been successful with the ladies, that was not the case when he was younger.

During his recent appearance at the Graham Norton Show, the 35-year-old actor revealed that he went through great lengths to impress girls in order to “get lucky”. Just like many others, Dornan too had a typical awkward teenager story. Although one might say, his embarrassing story is more R-rated than romantic.

Source: Calvin Klein

In “one of the worst stories in my locker”, Dornan recalled, “I was quite small and wasn’t hairy at all – I was 15 and looked seven. On one particular day, I was in an amateur drama play and was going to a party after. For my role, I had bits of a black wig glued to my face for a beard and I decided to keep it for the party so I would look older. I also decided to cut up the rest of wig and glue it to my private parts just in case I got lucky“.

That reckless move backfired on the young Brit when it came time to remove the improvised pubic hair. “I didn’t get lucky and removing the bits of wig ripped out the very small amount of natural hair I had down there. It was a physically and emotionally painful experience!

Jamie Dornan
Source: Pinterest

During the interview, the handsome star also shared about the “awful” scene to shoot in “Fifty Shades Freed“. In the movie trailer, we see the shirtless Christian Grey in blue shorts walking out of the beach in France. “That was horrendous. If they just tilt the camera down, that whole moment was awful,” Dornan told the host.

We had the beach, semi-sort of closed off, but actually there were loads of people that we didn’t have control over.They want me to be sexy coming out of the water. But it’s not a sand beach! It’s one of those wee pebble beaches. Literally, you cannot look cool running out of the water,” he added.

Watch his confessions here:

Honestly, his awkwardness just makes adorable 😉

Sources: Just Jared, Daily Mail.

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Cherry Seaborn: 10 Things About The Woman Ed Sheeran Will Be Marrying https://hype.my/2018/151203/cherry-seaborn-ed-sheeran-marrying/ https://hype.my/2018/151203/cherry-seaborn-ed-sheeran-marrying/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:09:25 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151203 Over the weekend, Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to announce that he and Cherry Seaborn were officially engaged. In his sweet lovey-dovey post, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter told his 19.2 million followers that the engagement took place a couple of weeks ago. “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in […]

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Over the weekend, Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to announce that he and Cherry Seaborn were officially engaged.

In his sweet lovey-dovey post, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter told his 19.2 million followers that the engagement took place a couple of weeks ago. “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well,” he captioned the heartwarming image.

Instagram Photo

The image above shows Sheeran with his arms around his leading lady, planting a kiss on her cheek. Although Sheeran and Seaborn have remained low-key for the most part of their courtship, the Grammy winner previously revealed they have been dating since September 2015.

So how exactly did the awkward-looking boy with ginger hair fell for the pretty brunette? With their impending wedding on the way, we thought it’d be fun to dig out some fun facts about Sheeran’s new fiancée. So without further ado, here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Sheeran’s “Perfect” woman.

Source: Xposure

1. She’ll be 26 on 6th May. Born in 1992, Seaborn is a year younger than Sheeran. Her zodiac sign is a Taurus while he is an Aquarius.

2. The UK brunette first met the famous hit-maker in high school (Thomas Mills High School to be exact) in Framlingham, Suffolk. The duo finished their secondary education there.

3. Rumour has it that Sheeran developed a crush for Seaborn at school – although she already had a boyfriend at the time. Life then intervened and they went their separate ways.

4. Seaborn then moved to Durham, North Carolina to attend Duke University. There, she excelled as a hockey player.

Cherry Seaborn
Source: Duke Photography

5. According to UK’s The Sun, she even led her hockey team to back-to-back British University championships in 2012 and 2013.

6. Sources claim that she was working as a senior consultant in risk advisory at Deloitte & Touche LLP in New York.

7. She once quit her job for love. Last year, Sheeran said his hiatus from music in 2016 was also to pursue in his relationship with Seaborn. “We were just basically like, let’s quit our jobs and have a year of forming a tight bond. So we went traveling and spent every day for a year together,” he shared.

Source: YouTube

8. After they travelled around the world, Seaborn moved back to London to live with Sheeran. “I’m actually the happiest I’ve been and it’s because I had a year to spend with someone. I’ve always started relationships then gone off on tour. I spent every day for a year with this certain person, we kind of have a strong relationship now which is good. I’m really secure now, we live together and we have cats, and I think when you have cats that’s kind of it,” he told BBC Radio 2.

9. The hit song “Perfect” was inspired by Seaborn. “The line that goes, ‘Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song’ was about when we were in Ibiza listening to Future’s March Madness literally not wearing any shoes and going mental on the lawn, which was quite a nice time,” said Sheeran, during an interview with US Magazine.

10. Sheeran will quit music once he starts a family with Seaborn. In a past interview, the A-lister has expressed his desire to have children by 30. If he is indeed sticking to that timeline, that means he’ll only dedicate four more years in the music business before he swaps it for parenthood.

My ambition is going to go to zero as soon as I have kids. ‘I am going to be like, ‘I do not really care anymore as I have another life to take care of. It is totally understandable because you have children and your ambition shifts to be like, ‘I want to be a good father’,” he was quoted as saying.

Source: News

You’ve been warned fans. It’s going to be four years time till Sheeran settles down to have “little fat, chubby babies” (his words, not ours). Lol 😉

Sources: Daily Mail (1)(2), Pop Sugar, Mirror, The Sun.

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Meghan Markle Has Already Picked Her Wedding Dress Designer https://hype.my/2018/151207/meghan-markle-already-picked-wedding-dress-designer/ https://hype.my/2018/151207/meghan-markle-already-picked-wedding-dress-designer/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:57:57 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151207 Meghan Markle has started dress fittings with the help of her BFF & bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney

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Get excited, people!

Princess-to-be Meghan Markle has decided on a designer for her dream wedding dress, according to royal insiders.

With only four months left for the wedding of the century, Meghan sought the help of her friend, fashion advisor, and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney to help her pick the right dress. The royal insiders also confirmed that dress fittings have begun at Kensington Palace.

“We have a wedding dress designer,” royal reporter Omid Scobie told ABC News. He also revealed the news on his official Twitter account, making sure to dish out as much details as he could.

“Meghan flew in her close friend and bridal stylist Jessica Mulroney from Toronto to London last weekend where she attended a top-secret fitting at Kensington Palace with the designer,” Scobie said.

“They’ve tried on a number of different designs and are currently whittling it down to pick the best design for the day,” he added.

We do not have any official photos of the dress yet, but we’re super excited to see what she has chosen for her big day on May 19. CAN’T WAIT!

Source: ELLE

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Ezbuy: Do You Want To Be In The Running To Win An Apple Watch & RM100 Cash Vouchers? https://hype.my/2018/150957/ezbuy-want-running-win-apple-watch-rm100-cash-vouchers/ https://hype.my/2018/150957/ezbuy-want-running-win-apple-watch-rm100-cash-vouchers/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:30:30 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=150957 ezbuy is widening its range of products by introducing two new retailers from China

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Global e-shopping site ezbuy is determined to make shopping much, much easier for you. And while you shop, you stand to win some really cool prizes too!

The global shopping platform is now widening its range of products by introducing two new retailers; one of China’s biggest e-commerce site, JD.com and popular social fashion app Mogujie.com

Mogujie is China’s fastest growing social fashion app, which also officially launched in the US and Europe. Their products range from womens’ fashion, mens’ fashion, and plenty of beauty tools and accessories for you daily vanity routine – all at an affordable price. 

On the other hand, JD offers everything you need from fashion, home and living, travel, sports, and mobile accessories. 

So whether you need to rebuild your wardrobe, stock up on travel bags, office supplies, sports apparel, or kitchen appliances, ezbuy’s new sellers have everything you need under one roof. 

In addition to that, don’t forget that ezbuy also features prominent Taobao sellers on their site. So go ahead and splurge on clothes, accessories, gadgets, electronics, home decor, and more at crazy cheap prices this Chinese New Year.

Wait, that’s not all! How do you like winning some free stuff from ezbuy?

Source: Lowyat

Sign up for a free account with ezbuy via this link today and be in the running to win a brand new Apple Watch Series 3, along with other attractive prizes like Mi Bands and RM100 Cash Vouchers. 

*All winners will be notified privately via email registered to ezbuy 

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Drake Raps About Losing Jennifer Lopez To Alex Rodriguez https://hype.my/2018/151193/drake-jennifer-lopez-diplomatic-immunity/ https://hype.my/2018/151193/drake-jennifer-lopez-diplomatic-immunity/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:14:02 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151193 Remember around the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, when Drake and Jennifer Lopez were rumoured to be an item? Apparently some heartaches still rankle. Recently, the 31-year-old rapper surprised fans by dropping two tracks – “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” – from forthcoming EP “Scary Hours”. Turns out, one of his brand new […]

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Remember around the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, when Drake and Jennifer Lopez were rumoured to be an item? Apparently some heartaches still rankle.

Recently, the 31-year-old rapper surprised fans by dropping two tracks – “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” – from forthcoming EP “Scary Hours”. Turns out, one of his brand new songs has a reference to former flame Jennifer Lopez.

Drake
Source: Instagram

The lyrics on “Diplomatic Immunity” reads, “2010 was when I lost my halo / 2017 I lost a J. Lo / A Rotterdam trip had me on front page, though“. There is a possibility that Drake may be referencing a tabloid story in January 2017 that showed him having a meal with French ex-porn star Sophie ‘Rosee Divine’ Brussaux at a Japanese restaurant in Amsterdam.

During their brief romance, the duo never officially confirmed anything. However, Drake and J.Lo weren’t shy about posting lovey-dovey snapshots of themselves on social media. The pair was once photographed on a sofa with Lopez snuggling up to Drake’s arms. They also connected at Lopez’s “All I Have” Las Vegas show. Sadly, things between them fizzled out approximately two months later.

Source: Latina

This is not the first time the Toronto hip hop artist has rapped about his former fling. On his track “”Free Smoke” (released March 2017), he sang “I drunk text J.Lo / Old number, so it bounce back”. According to sources, he also sampled her 1999 hit “If You Had My love” on his tune “Teenage Fever”.

Having said that, Lopez (who has 9-year-old twins Max and Emme by her third ex-husband Marc Anthony) has since been happily attached to former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Meanwhile, Drake – who is 17 years younger than J.Lo – has never been married. If Drake’s latest record is inspired by his past relationships, maybe we’ll get more songs about his ex’s (e.g.: Rihanna).

In the meantime, here’s the full track to “Diplomatic Immunity”

Sources: E! News, US Magazine.

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Tickets To The Premiere Event Of The Lee Chong Wei Movie Are On Sale NOW https://hype.my/2018/151175/tickets-lee-chong-wei-movie-special-event-sale-now/ https://hype.my/2018/151175/tickets-lee-chong-wei-movie-special-event-sale-now/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 10:14:37 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151175 Our nation's greatest sporting icon on the big screen!

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Fans of badminton and Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei are set to witness the 1st and the only screening of the 133-minute Director’s Extended Version of the LEE CHONG WEI movie on 9 March 2018 at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur Sports City.

The Event billed “World Premiere LEE CHONG WEI Extended Version 133 Minutes” will be attended by Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei & family, Malaysian badminton legends, celebrities the Director & cast of the LEE CHONG WEI movie. Directed by Teng Bee, the film portrays Lee’s life from the early stage all the way to him becoming the World No. 1 badminton player.

The organisers will screen the movie on a special-built giant 40 metre x 17 metre LED screen, making it the largest movie screening in Malaysia. A massive 20,000 crowd is expected at the World Premiere screening, and it is set to make its way into The Malaysia Book of Records.

Prior to the start of special movie premiere screening, audience members will also witness a red carpet walk welcoming Malaysian badminton greats, actors and actresses of the movie as well as celebrities gracing the Event. The organiser will also be inviting the members of the Thomas Cup 1992 winning team to the Event.

The crowd will be treated to performances of the movie’s theme songs by
renowned singers, whose names will be announced in due time. A carnival with at
least 10 sponsored booths in the National Stadium will be held and will begin when
the stadium doors open at 4:00 pm.

Tickets to the Event are priced at RM88, RM108, RM128, and RM168. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE via WWW.MYTICKET.ASIA RIGHT NOW (20 January 2018 onwards). Ticketing inquiries can be made at +603-8605 0195.

Each purchased ticket comes with one (1) LEE CHONG WEI Movie T-shirt valued at RM59, one (1) GSC Movie Ticket to watch the theatrical version of LEE CHONG WEI movie, one (1) limited edition Movie Poster pre-autographed by Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei (and other cast members), and one (1) sponsored movie bag. These will be distributed at the National Stadium on Event day with proof of ticket.

Ticket holders will also stand a chance to win lucky draws consisting of limited edition prizes, including YONEX LEE CHONG WEI Badminton racquet (100 units), SAMSUNG Smartphone (5 units), Film Book (30 units) and other special prizes.

This special premiere will be held on 9 March 2018 at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur Sports City. 
The movie will hit cinemas on 15 March 2018. 

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Westlife’s Shane Filan Returning To KL For #LoveAlways Tour 2018 https://hype.my/2018/151163/shane-filan-love-always-kl-malaysia/ https://hype.my/2018/151163/shane-filan-love-always-kl-malaysia/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:32:40 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151163 Who’s ready to receive some love from Shane Filan? The Westlife singer will be returning to Malaysian shores for his “Love Always” 2018 Southeast Asia tour. For one night only, the UK male solo artist will be performing songs from his third and latest album of the same name. “‘Love Always’, is a collection of some of […]

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Who’s ready to receive some love from Shane Filan?

The Westlife singer will be returning to Malaysian shores for his “Love Always” 2018 Southeast Asia tour. For one night only, the UK male solo artist will be performing songs from his third and latest album of the same name.

Source: Oakengates Theatre

“‘Love Always’, is a collection of some of my favourite classic love songs. It’s an album I’ve wanted to make for a long time. For me there’s nothing quite like singing an amazing ballad and this album is full of them,” the 38-year-old Brit previously said in a statement.

He continued, “Some of the ideas for it came directly from my fans because they would always say to me, we would love to hear you sing this song. So I decided to make a list of all my favourite love songs and then put them together on one album. The hard part was narrowing it down to those that have ended up on the album.”

There’s also a few original tracks on there some that I’ve written myself. It’s always amazing to get into the studio and see what we can come up with,” the singer added. Some of those tunes include “Completely”, “Eyes Don’t Lie”, and “Crazy Over You”.

Shane Filan
Source: Facebook

Brought to you by Universal Music Malaysia, the details to Shane Filan “Love Always” in Kuala Lumpur are as follows:

  • Date: 6th February 2018
  • Time: 8pm – 10:30pm
  • Venue: The Westin KL, The Synergy LG2
  • Ticketing: RM50 (early bird)/ RM60 (standard)
The ticket bundle (early bird & standard) includes:
  • 1 Entry Pass to Shane Filan “Love Always” Live in KL
  • 1 “Love Always” Album
  • 1 Autograph Pass
  • Chance to win meet & greet passes with Shane Filan (winners will be selected via lucky draw)

Concert tickets can be purchased here.

Source: Universal Music Malaysia’s Facebook page.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review – Plot Holes and Completely Senseless, But Kinda Fun? https://hype.my/2018/151099/maze-runner-the-death-cure-review/ https://hype.my/2018/151099/maze-runner-the-death-cure-review/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:42:07 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151099 Wes Ball is quite the genius.

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In the world of YA adaptations set in dystopian futures, The Hunger Games series is “Citizen Kane”, the Divergent series is “The Room”, while the Maze Runner series is… hmm, it’s somewhere in the middle. It is neither here nor there; neither good nor bad. It isn’t as inspired as Hunger Games, nor does it give you a terrible headache that you get watching Divergent. The Maze Runner series just sorta exists. It’s the forgotten bastard child in the family.

The reason why this series has successfully maintained a strong sense a mediocrity is because of director Wes Ball’s immense talent. I know, I sound like I’m contradicting myself, using words like ‘mediocrity’ and ‘immense talent’ in the same sentence, like a bozo high on 74 different prescribed drugs. But it’ll all make sense in a minute.

The Maze Runner story is one that doesn’t add up, even on a surface level. And the more you think about it, the more you begin to wonder if author James Dashner (I’m assuming that the story structure of the movies is similar to the books), just made up shit as he went along. Or perhaps he brainstormed ideas with a 10-year-old.

The original “Maze Runner” starts off great. Just like the first two seasons of “Lost”, with each passing second, you become more curious. The movie keeps teasing you, and you have your tongue out, salivating for answers. And in typical “Lost” fashion, the more answers you’re given the less it makes sense.

You learn that WCKD is using teens as lab rats (by throwing them into a jungle) because they’re immune to a zombie outbreak that has plagued most of the world. But if your purpose is to test how amazeballs their immune system is, wouldn’t a diseased filled jungle be enough? Why create a shifting maze with a robot spider? How will that help the experiment? It seems unnecessarily elaborate. Like I said, 10-year-old.

In the second movie, “The Scorch Trials”, you learn that WCKD is actually putting teens into a medically induced coma to study their blood to find a cure. As cruel as this sounds, it makes sense. But, the problem is, it creates a bigger plot hole and a gaping question: If WCKD has been testing kids this way all along, then what the f**k is the purpose of the jungle, maze, and robot spider? Also, why are the bad guys pretending to be good, but then kidnapping kids in small groups, and leaving everyone else to grow in suspicion? Is the Maze Runner series about how stupid some corporations can be? Am I missing something here?

Wait. I’m not done. In the second act of “The Scorch Trials”, the kids break out of the WCKD facility and the entire movie just becomes a regular zombie apocalypse thriller and the larger ‘mysteries’ are proven to be pointless.

Then comes the finale, “The Death Cure”, which almost completely ignores everything that came before it. No more mystery, no more worldbuilding. This is an all-out action film. And then the movie ends with another frustrating, gaping plot hole, which I will discuss in a spoiler section at the end of the article.

Good news is, despite the story being complete and utter garbage, “The Death Cure”, just like its predecessors, manages to be mediocre. Heck, I’ll even go as far as to say that it’s fun. And that’s because of the genius that is Wes Ball. Seriously, it takes a genius to be able to elevate something as incohesive as the Maze Runner storyline and turn it into something that is actually worth watching. I believe Wes Ball took on these projects for practice, before he moves on to bigger (or smaller) and better things. He should be given more opportunities because he has proven himself to be a capable helmer.

In “The Death Cure”, Wes Ball once again hoodwinks you. He makes you forget about the story by giving you engaging and purposeful action sequences. The film opens with an action scene akin to the opening of the fourth “Fast and Furious” movie. It’s not cheap and poorly cut together like the garbage you see in the “Resident Evil” movies. Here, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I shouldn’t be enthralled — I couldn’t even remember any of these characters’ names until they started mentioning it again in this movie — but I am. It’s not something that will make you scream holy shit, but you’re never bored.

The group keeps getting bigger and bigger. Thomas and his buddies sorta have their own colony right now with approximately a hundred or so people. They’re planning to repair an old abandoned ship and escape to a safe haven, where WCKD and the rest of the world wouldn’t be able to find them. But before that, they have to rescue their buddy Minho, who’s being held captive at the headquarters of WCKD. They stumble into a group of underground guerilla soldiers who offer to help. Except these soldiers secretly have other plans: they want to start a war.

So this is a break-in-and-rescue film, a war film, and also a film about finding the cure to a zombie virus. None of these plot threads are weaved together, especially the part where the guerilla soldiers break into the city and cause havoc. It is COMPLETELY irrelevant and pointless, but Wes Ball makes the explosions look cool, and these explosions make it slightly more challenging for our heroes to get from point A to point B.

When the plot is fully unraveled, you realize how completely pointless everything that came before it is. The first movie? Completely pointless. The second movie? Into the garbage can it goes. But the genius of Wes Ball is, you don’t realize it immediately. Or at least I didn’t. It took me a good three minutes after the end credits started to roll. For the sake of your enjoyment, hopefully, you’re as stupid as I am.

The cast also do a decent enough job. Again, nothing to scream about, but they elevate the material they’re given. The two standouts are Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays Newt and Rosa Salazar — Jesus, what a badass name — who plays Brenda. Sangster is charming and charismatic. He’s badass, but also brings a certain vulnerability to the table that just makes the character all the more compelling. He steals the movie. There is one sequence in particular, in which his performance is so much better than the movie, it would leave you broken had the character been better written.

Brenda is the female character we care about, not because of the writing, but because Rosa Salazar rocks. She kicks ass and just has so much spunk. It’s funny how both these supporting actors do a much better job than our less than stellar co-leads, Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario. 

I would like to discuss the most nonsensical aspect of this movie. For that, I have to move into spoiler territory.

We’ve been led to believe that the entire plot of the Maze Runner series is finding the cure for the zombie outbreak. That was the entire purpose of the maze. But at the end of “The Death Cure”, NOTHING is solved, and not in a thematic ‘that’s just life’ sense, either. It’s just that WCKD gets destroyed and our heroes and their new colony escape to a safe haven.

Now, it would be different if the purpose of the storyline was to show us that men cannot and should not play God. That sometimes, there is no cure. All you can do is survive and rebuild. That would’ve been thematic. But the problem with the story is, in the end, WCKD was RIGHT. They managed to find a cure: Thomas’ blood. But the last moments of the film just ignore that completely and our heroes go to a safe haven. So what was the point of it all?

Also, the fact that Thomas’ blood is the cure is bloody ridiculous in and of itself. Because again it points back to the question that’s been asked over and over again throughout this review: WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE FIRST AND SECOND MOVIE? Couldn’t they have just taken a swab of all the immunes’ blood from the get go and just looked under a microscope? Which is literally what happens here, by the way. Teresa takes Thomas’ blood from a bloody bandage and puts it under a microscope and says, “it’s killing off the virus.” PROBLEM SOLVED. I shit you not.

Why the need for an evil corporation? Couldn’t WCKD, from the very start just made an announcement: “Hey peeps, for the sake of mankind’s survival, we need everyone who is immune to the virus to give us a little bit of blood for testing.” Who on earth would say no that?

If anyone has any answers to my questions, please leave a comment below or tweet at me. It would be awesome if you could point out something I’m not seeing. 

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Dr.Gloderm Announces Seungri’s 1 Utama Appearance https://hype.my/2018/151131/dr-gloderm-seungri-1utama-appearance/ https://hype.my/2018/151131/dr-gloderm-seungri-1utama-appearance/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:59:09 +0000 https://hype.my/?p=151131 Get ready K-pop fans! In less than 2 weeks, Seungri (real name Lee Seung-hyun; 이승현) will be visiting Malaysia again. As aforementioned, the BIGBANG (빅뱅) singer is slated to appear at 1 Utama Shopping Mall on 1st February 2018 (Thursday night). This is in conjunction with the official launch of South Korean beauty and cosmetics […]

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Get ready K-pop fans! In less than 2 weeks, Seungri (real name Lee Seung-hyun; 이승현) will be visiting Malaysia again.

As aforementioned, the BIGBANG (빅뱅) singer is slated to appear at 1 Utama Shopping Mall on 1st February 2018 (Thursday night). This is in conjunction with the official launch of South Korean beauty and cosmetics brand Dr.Gloderm.

Seungri

Want to know how to win a meet-and-greet pass with Seungri?

K-pop fans can get their hands on a meet-and-greet pass when they purchase RM350 worth of items from Dr.Gloderm. Once you’ve made your purchase, keep the receipt and fill in the contest form here.

Do note that there are only 150 privates passes available and the contest is only open to Watsons VIP members. According to the terms and conditions, the dateline is 26th January. The lucky winners will be contacted either by phone or via SMS before 28th January.

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For more information, check out our previous post here.

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