James Patterson's novels, whether you love his writing or dislike it, are usually very gripping to the imagination. From the Alex Cross series to Middle School and Women's Murder Club, Patterson's reputation as a master of thriller and suspense is well-executed for his craft and well-earned. Translating these novels to films, however, always seems to be a daunting task for Hollywood for some reason. Every film based on the Alex Cross series were major disappointments, and the made-for-TV films has not fared much better. Now, after a development hell lasting several years, Patterson has finally had the opportunity to bring to the screen his YA thriller of children with avian wings, Maximum Ride.
The books, about six children on the run after escaping an isolated facility where they were experimented on, were not necessarily critical hits, but like most of Patterson's novels, Maximum Ride does have a deep fanbase and a number of people who love and respect the series. Although they've certainly had their most outrageous adventures (including what could honestly be the worst finale to a book series ever written), there's a strong bond and charm developed in all of these characters that help to create a unique identity and stand out from other popular YA books.
Now that a long-awaited film finally exists for Maximum Ride, does it hold up? Has Patterson finally succeeded in helping to create a solid film that does justice to his source material?
Director: Jay Martin
Cast: Allie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Lyliana Wray, Gavin Lewis, Luke Gregory Crosby, Peter O'Brien
Release Date: August 30 (Digital HD): In Theaters and On Demand September 30
Distributor: Studio 71, JP Entertainment, G2 Studios