Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials: Better than Part I

Posted 2015/11/29 2904 0

Considered as the only bright spot among sci-fi movies released in September, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials did not disappoint the audience. 

With the all-conquering “Hunger Games” series nearing its final stretch, fellow dystopian teenage sci-fi sagas “Maze Runner” and “Divergent” seem equally poised to succeed it, but the former has one key advantage. Maze Runner sustains a bit of curiosity by leaving its characters and its audience completely in the dark about why anything is happening, and what any of it could possibly mean. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials picks up where the first part left off. You'll definitely want to brush up on your Maze Runner before you see the sequel, as there is next to no recap on the events from the previous film. The first movie ends when Thomas and his fellow Gladers seem to have escaped from the terrifying labyrinth, but in this part, they will have to face more horrifying challenges. Their journey takes them to a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

The first impression comes to you is the meticulous work in building an apocalyptic world with crumbling, ruined buildings covered in dust in the middle of immense desert. In addition, the rigorous nature is also described realistically through solar storms. All have made a vivid picture of a civilization that is coming to an end. 

As in the first film, violence is the main issue, with characters being chased, shot at, bitten by gruesome zombie-like creatures, and more. There's a high body count as the result of shoot-outs, explosions, and even a self-inflicted wound (the suicide happens off screen, but the shot is heard). Endangering situations for main characters keep appearing during their run, take the audience from this unexpected surprise to another. This continuous occurrence drives up the rhythm of the film faster, enough to please any action-movie fan. The action is very entertaining (especially when it's accompanied by John Paesano's soundtrack). While there are no actual mazes in The Scorch Trials, there sure is a lot of running: running from guards, running from Cranks, running from more guards, more Cranks, sand storms, lightning at one point. Many fans call the movie Apocalyptic Olympics because of the variety of sports in it: climbing, running, shooting, etc. But because they have to spend too much on running and fighting, so there isn’t much time to explore the inner workings of how these characters are feeling. And it's obviously a minus for this sequel.

The story is much lighter this time out, but Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials nevertheless improves upon the first movie. The world is bigger, the stakes are higher and there's a lot more to sink your teeth into.

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