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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: Stirring Sequel for Loyal Fans, Unimpressive For Others

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  • Wes Ball
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: Stirring Sequel for Loyal Fans, Unimpressive For Others

The world is bigger but, not necessarily better in Wes Ball’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials; an exciting but a seemingly uninventive  – and lengthy – second chapter book-to-screen adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult fantasy series, whose overly complex world fails to make an impression.

Written by the returning screenwriter T.S Nowlin, The Scorch Trials picks up right where the first movie left off; where   Thomas (O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers were rescued from the maze trials by a group of secretive officials before being transported to a secure facility.

After being given a chance to catch a much-needed break, Thomas –along with Newt (Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Lee) and Teresa (Scodelario)—don’t know what to make of their new surroundings; a shady-looking science facility run by the even shadier boss-man, Janson (Gillen).

Subjected to a series of complicated tests and questions, the group soon discovers that there is more to the organization than it meets the eye, with Thomas once again crossing paths with WCKD; the notorious Killzone Experiment Department that tests teenagers to battle a post-apocalyptic threat. Their only hope is to find the resistance group called the Right Arm, however, they first must escape and cross the Scorch; a treacherous wasteland populated by infested zombies known as Cranks.

Moving away from the source material and into a world of its own – a move which might not impress the book fans too much – The Scorch Trials kicks things off to a promising and there is an impressive amount of intensity and intrigue present from the story’s beginning. However, the suspense is quickly eradicated when the chase sequences take effect and although, The Scorch Trials does seem a little more competent in putting together a few effective action set pieces set against a Mad Max-inspired backdrop than its predecessor, the repetitiveness and the unoriginality of it all can be a little disruptive to the overall experience.

O’Brien seems to have settled into his role quite nicely and the young actor was able to carry the movie relatively well while the rest of the Gladers aren’t really given any weight to carry, except of course, the exceptionally-hefty dialogue which the production could have done without. Aiden Gillen – Game of Thrones’ “Littlefinger” – is devilish enough as the underhanded security office while, while Breaking Bad’s Esposito – who plays an eccentric gang leader named Jorge – is a wonderful addition to the series.

There is a hell of a lot of running – and then some – in The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials and although, the movie tries to stay true to its roots, there’s not a lot of direction involved in the process. It’s exciting but, there is very little depth or poignancy to the story and while the movie will probably appeal to the fans of the first film, there’s not a lot of reason to believe it will convince the rest who are new to the happenings.

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The Maze Runner: The Death Cure - the third and supposedly final, installment to the series - is currently in pre-production and is due to be released in 2017.    

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