The Maze Runner is back! Highly anticipated and you got to catch this movie at the cinemas! Termed as THE SCORCH TRIALS it is directed by Wes Ball (THE MAZE RUNNER) and produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (THE MAZE RUNNER, The Spiderwick Chronicles), Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, The Fault in Our Stars), Marty Bowen (Twilight, The Fault in Our Stars), Lee Stollman (THE MAZE RUNNER, Abduction) and Joe Hartwick, Jr.. Based upon the book series by James Dashner, this novel sold more than 3 million copies worldwide!
Scorch Trials follows our Maze Runners to an underground research facility after they escaped the monster-filed maze designed as a series of trials by WCKD (ironically pronounced as WICKED), to study they are immune to “The Flare” (a zombie-like virus). The facility is run by Janson (Aidan Gillen) who happens to be a rival organization, taking care and keeping them safe from WCKD. Other groups who managed to escape the maze are united in this facility. The script is quite direct, coherent and easy to follow. But I may suggest that one goes and revisit the first Maze Runner to get yourself into the groove before embarking here. Not much of a maze in comparison to the first Maze Runner, however this movie does not fail to keep you at your seats!
A sudden change in events results in the team finding out the trails and maze are run by the WCKD. Once again the teenagers are back to what they do best: sprinting and running for their lives, this time they flee into the Scorch, a deserted city burnt by solar flares, filled with unimaginable obstacles. Their only hope is finding the legendary resistance group known as The Right Arm and try and uncover what is really driving WCKD to hunt them down.
In some ways, this sequel is a major improvement over the previous movie, from the confined trails, underground passageways to other worlds, they are forced to trudge through the deserts, and go through ruins. The cinematics are great, and life like, despite being massively being computer digitized graphics.
This movie is pretty straightforward, with tense moments to near misses and split second escapes. The pace of the movie is very intense, however the pauses are apparent, a bit too much for my liking. Guess there are many questions left unanswered from the first movie such as what was the purpose of the maze? Who is WCKD? What does WCKD want from the Gladers? What has the kids got to do with the virus? And so on.
If you want an enjoyable movie, don’t ask the questions, but enjoy the great action. From the first movie to this second one, yeah, go and watch it, it is quite exciting, simplistic and pure adrenaline. THE SCORCH TRIALS is neater with a more satisfying ending this time, Ball delivers, and leaves us with questions on what’s in store for the next installment of the Maze Runner: The Death Cure, scheduled for release in January 2017.