Runtime: 113 minutes
Directed by: Wes Ball
Starring: Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Patricia Clarkson
This film starts like the book and, like the book, throws you straight into. Confusion, panic, you feel them along with Thomas.
This is where the similarities start to end. The film does most thing differently and omit, and sometimes outright changing, things. (Why do film producers insist on doing this? It only annoys everyone.)
The movie progresses quickly, too quickly. There’s hardly any suspense or build up, which is a shame because the premise is so interesting. Yet, the way it’s presented makes it unbelievable that they couldn’t have figured things out before Thomas turns up.
By the end, you get a complete information dump of what’s happened and why. Could you not have weaved that into the film? For someone who hasn’t read the book, there is a major lack of plot. In fact, there is for some who has read the film.
The actor’s did well in their parts. Gally stood out for me in particular. I thought he made more sense than the lot of them. Ben’s scene was harrowing and probably the most memorable, along with Chucks.
To sum up, some great actors, no suspense or build up, veered widely off the book.
Was it worth the watch? Yes, it was ok for watching on the TV.
Would I re-watch? No, it’s a nothing memorable.
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