I am often intrigued by the setup of a movie — the way it builds whatever problem is to be tackled, or the way it creates the world in which the movie is to take place. That said, all too often a film will create a great problem, a great world, a great idea, and then fail to deliver on the premise.
This comes up now as “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is nearing its theatrical release which caused me to watch “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” which is nowhere near as good as “The Maze Runner.” The first establishes a great premise and keeps everything ineriguinging. The second is a bore. The third? That remains to be seen.
Another movie with a great premise that doesn’t execute? Liam Neeson’s latest, “The Commuter.” Excellent notion for a tale. Terrible tale itself.
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