Movie Review – THE MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS

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.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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