I was a huge fan of the first Maze Runner movie, and I recently rewatched it and still loved it; I gave it 4.5/5 stars in my review, back in September 2014. However, in trilogy books and movies, the middle one usually is the weakest, and so I am hoping that is the case with The Scorch Trials, since it wasn't as enthralling to me as the first movie in the series.
The critically acclaimed young-adult saga based on author James Dashner’s best-selling book series has taken the world by storm on the way to nearly $600M* at the global box office for the franchise, thanks to its remarkable young cast led by director Wes Ball, including Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”), Ki Hong Lee (“The Unbreakable Kimmie Shmidt”) and Kaya Scodelario (“Skins”). Based on the second book in a trilogy by James Dashner, the series sold more than nine million copies in all formats.
There’s more action, more excitement and more spectacular effects in this thrilling new chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga that’s taken the world by storm! They may have escaped from the Maze, but Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers now face a greater challenge: searching for clues about the secret organization known as WCKD. Their journey leads them to the Scorch, a desolate wasteland filled with unimaginable dangers. The mystery deepens at every turn as the Gladers work together to discover their purpose and battle to survive in this must-see, electrifying adventure!
I actually did see this movie in theaters, but because of traffic, I missed the first ten to fifteen minutes, so I was glad to finally see that part of the film, which does provide some perspective for the rest of the movie.
In the first Maze Runner, the boys are mostly confined to the Glade, until the end. In this film, they're in a desert-like tundra called The Scorch, while they're trying to escape from W.C.K.D., their nemesis in the first movie too. Scorch Trials was more Walking Dead-ish than I would have expected, and also didn't give us much insight until the end of the film; the second half of the movie is defintiely better than the first.
I give this film a Maybe review and 3 stars out of 5. The ending does set up the third movie, The Death Cure, nicely, which is slated for February 17, 2017. I haven't read any of the books in the series but would now like to read them, specifically the third one, to find out more about what will happen in the third movie.
I'd also definitely recommend watching the first Maze Runner before seeing this one - I watched this movie with my dad, who hadn't seen the first film, and I gave him a rundown of the events of the first film before we watched this installment.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this Blu-ray for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials