“A+ for effort” Divergent: Allegiant review

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By Adam Brannon

I think it’s probably fair to say that the Young Adult genre has become oversaturated due to the phenomenal success of The Hunger Games. Since coming to a slightly underwhelming conclusion last year, many new franchises have its crown firmly in their sights.

The Maze Runner was a muddled first outing with the second, Scorch Trials faring much better and the same can be said for the Divergent series. The first film was at times, an incomprehensible mess, while its follow-up, Insurgent was a thrilling if CGI-heavy and overlong affair.

Allegiant marks the first of two films ending the moderately successful series, with Ascendant being released in June next year. But does this split conclusion harm it as much as it did for Mockingjay? Continue reading

“A vast improvement” Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials review

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS  (UK CERT: 12A)

Director: Wes Bentley  

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Aiden Gillen, 


REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon

Copyright: 20th Century Fox Entertainment

Copyright: 20th Century Fox Entertainment

The Young Adult genre has, for the last few years, been dominated by Jennifer Lawrence and her imposing Katniss Everdeen, and as fans prepare for the conclusion of Mockingjay in November, they can whet their appetites for the conclusion of another YA trilogy.

The Maze Runner was a decent, albeit muddled attempt at getting the coveted young adult audience interested in another series and its sequel, The Scorch Trials promises more of the mind-blowing storytelling of its predecessor, but is it a success? Continue reading