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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Tops the Box Office

maze runner the scorch trialsThe Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials won this past weekend’s box-office, earning an estimated $30.3 million. That’s really close to the first film’s opening weekend. This film earned a “B+” CinemaScore, while the first film earned an “A-“.

Other films opening this week include Black Mass which earned $23.36 million and came in second place. Everest was fifth and earned $7.56 million. Captive was eleventh and earned $1.4 million. Everest was impressive as it was just in 545 theaters and hasn’t gone wide yet.

In other geeky film earnings…. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was in eighth and earned $2.25 million, Inside Out added $964,000, Ant-Man earned $936,000, Minions earned $890,000, Jurassic World earned $621,000, and Fantastic Four earned $222,000.

Here’s the 2015 top five grosses for the year so far:

Domestic

  1. Jurassic World – $649.845 million
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $458.651 million
  3. Inside Out – $348.2 million
  4. Furious 7 – $351.032 million
  5. Minions – $332.753 million

Worldwide

  1. Jurassic World – $1.6568 billion
  2. Furious 7 – $1.5117 billion
  3. Avengers: Age of Ultron – $1.4025 billion
  4. Minions – $1.0813 billion
  5. Inside Out – $761.7 million

Movie Review: Everest

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Everyone has thought about what it would be like to climb the highest point of the planet Earth. Everyone. However, not everybody has the ability to do so. Instead of risking your life, catch a glimpse of the experience on the biggest screen possible, preferably in IMAX.

Everest follows the story of a small group of people who go on an expedition to climb the highest mount, but as an unexpected storm hits, the crew has to face the worst of conditions.

Baltasar Kormákur, an Icelander who is doing a film of such scale for the first time, is the person behind the camera. He has done a tremendous job at directing Everest—the cinematography, pacing and character development are fantastic.

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Where the movie is at its best—that being the realistic touch that Kormákur has added, you are digging your nails into your palms, literally (at least that’s what I did). I strongly disagree with other reviewers who say the first act is slow. For me it was perfect as we get to know the characters, where and how they take up on this endeavour, who is who.

The realism is unprecedented; never did I think the film would be nearly as close to reality as it actually is. The fact that we see the bodies of the dead climbers being passed by, the ambiguity of it—it’s both selfish and yet understandable.

In a way, the spine-chilling storms, the roaming thunders shattering the ground, the unearthing of the mountaineers who may have survived, and the frozen faces and limbs—they all contribute to truly immersing the viewer to the horrible reality some hikers go through when climbing up the peaks. The strongest theme in Everest is the idea that human nature will be responsible for any occurring death, not due to severe conditions.

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As far as acting goes, it’s stellar across the board–Jason Clarke, Thomas Wright, Ang Phula Sherpa, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Goodman-Hill, Josh Brolin and everyone else do a fine job at portraying the struggles of the characters.

Everest is a film centred around the ambience, harshness, physical impact, and sound of the extreme weather and magnificence of the Himalaya. With powerful character moments, fantastic scenery and visual effects, the film shows how small and insignificant we, the humans are, in comparison to the Mother Nature. To be fully immersed, Everest must be seen in 3D on the largest screen possible.

Overall Score: 8

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See it!