Top 1: The Maze Runner (2014)
Running time: 113 minutes (2 hours). In Theaters: Sep 19, 2014 Wide
Marcus Goh is a former Singapore television scriptwriter. He’s also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar.
"The Maze Runner" is a science fiction film that is based on the book of the same name. It follows the adventures of a group of boys who are trapped in an artificial, constantly changing maze, and their efforts to escape. It stars Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Will Poutler (Gally), Ki Hong Lee (Minho), and Blake Cooper (Chuck).
Unlike many book adaptations, “The Maze Runner” utilises the film medium well and can stand on its own two feet solely as a movie. You never get the feeling that the film is slavishly adapting a plot point that doesn’t translate so well on to the big screen, and yet the exposition works well and no important information is lost.
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. (c) Fox
Top 2: The Guest (2014)
Running time: 1 hr. 37 min. In Theaters: Sep 17, 2014 Limited
Boldly striking in style and content, ‘The Guest’ comes knocking at your door with electronic tunes, breakneck editing and a tour de force performance from Dan Stevens. It’s a clever mash-up of genres that somehow blend together nicely to tell, perhaps not a grand scale story but an enjoyable, dark and tense one nonetheless.
The Peterson family are trying to deal with the news that Caleb, their son/brother has died at war, it seems that a mysterious and unreadable arrival to their house who knew Caleb could help them through this tough time. This guest’s name is David (Dan Stevens) and it isn’t long until his presence in the house draws in interest from bullied Luke (Brendan Meyer) and parent oppressed Anna (Maika Monroe).
From the director of YOU'RE NEXT and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"), comes THE GUEST: a tense, action-packed and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you've ever seen before. Empire Magazine called it "a demented action-horror hybrid of sci-fi conspiracy thriller and gore-fest", and Vanity Fair said, "THE GUEST is big, it's bold, it's badass, full of flavor Hollywood wishes it could pour over its vanilla blockbusters." (c) Picturehouse.