The Gladers are out of the Maze and back for more in this second installment of The Maze Runner franchise, Scorch Trials.
The Gladers thought all would be good after they escaped but they couldn’t be further from the truth. The danger is ever more present and real. Who can they really trust? Not only are they on the run from WCKD but they must also fight off the zombie like Kranks as they make their way to the resistance fighters, who will hopefully help them take down WCKD.
Although Director, Wes Ball, goes to great lengths to distance this film from other Young Adult films, there is no doubt that it falls into this category. Like it’s contemporaries, The Hunger Games and Divergent, a generation of young people have been wronged by their elders in a world that is falling apart, and it is left to them to right these wrongs.
The film is filled with action from word go. There’s lots of running, jumping, fighting, and screaming. So much so that as a viewer, there are times you are exhausted just watching it all!
Don’t just expect action; be prepared for gore and jumps, thanks to the Kranks. Gross looking zombie like creatures that many, but not all of the Gladers, are immune from turning into, thanks to their time in the Glade.
This series, while not as strong as The Hunger Games, is much better than the Divergent films. This is largely due to its strong young cast lead by Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) and supported by the likes of Kaya Scodelario (Skins and one of the leads in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually) and Ki Hong Lee (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). Also, doing a stellar job are the always reliable and fantastic, Aidan Gillen and Patricia Clarkson.
The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials exceeds it’s run time by at least 20 minutes. However, if you’re a fan of this genre, you will be happy enough to go on this adventure with the Gladers just so you can see where it will all end up in the next and final installment of this franchise, The Death Cure.