The sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner has landed but it can it stick the landing? Absolutely!
We pick up right where the The Maze Runner finished, with the gang of boys and girl making it out of the maze alive and being helicoptered out. Once they get to the facility they are welcomed and made to feel comfortable. But Thomas knows something isn’t right there, so he investigates and that’s all I’m going to say.
I thought the story of The Scorch Trials was really good, I liked everything they done and thought all of the sub plots worked. I feel as if there wasn’t enough character development past Thomas and Teresa though, no one else’s characters really got developed, they were sort of just there. But the characters that were developed were done great. I do feel that the film was a little long in the tooth and dragged on a bit towards the end.
I will say though that The Scorch Trials is a big departure from what The Maze Runner was. Both story wise and style wise, if it wasn’t for the characters you could take The Scorch Trials for a completely different movie. So fans of the Maze Runner might not like Scorch Trials for that reason. Also to support this is that the film introduces these zombie like creatures which came completely out of left field for me and the film sort of turns into a zombie film at parts, but they aren’t the main focus.
I was glad to see that this movie decided not to leave us with a massive cliffhanger like The Maze Runner did, I feel it did harm the first film because it made it feel in complete. Although the film does end on a some what cliffhanger but the film feels whole.
The action set pieces are great and really exciting. They really do step it up in from The Maze Runner. The score also supports this, with great music to back up what is happening in these action scenes.
All of the cast are great, Dylan O’Brien leads the cast brilliantly and new additions Aidan Gillen of Game of Thrones fame and Giancarlo Espostio of Breaking Bad fame add a lot of depth to both their characters and the movie. The film is really well done, from the special effects to the directing everything is top notch.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a sequel that surpasses the original in nearly every way and keeps the franchise rolling on at break neck speed.