Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials


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After successfully escaping through the dangerous maze, what happened to Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), and the rest of the Gladers after last year’s Maze Runner ended? The Scorch Trials, the second movie in James Dashner’s well-known YA series, is finally here and answers some of fans’ pressing questions.

The movie begins with Thomas being woken up from his dream about The Glade, the place where he and other teenagers were held captive in the first movie. They were transported to a waiting area in the post-apocalyptic world by a mysterious third-party.

Thomas’ intuition made him skeptical of the place that they were being kept. As he snooped around, he found that teenagers were being taken in order to obtain their immunity to The Flare, a virus that was destroying their civilization.

Thomas’ realization changed the pace of that movie, transitioning it into a full-on action film. Now, as the group escapes into the Scorch, they are met with many challenges. How will they survive? Who will make it? And where will they go?

As the group fights nature, death, and terrifying humans who were infected by The Flare, Thomas realizes the importance of teamwork and courage.

Similar to his performance in The Maze Runner, Dylan O’Brien steals the show. His acting develops along with his character’s role as the leader of the group. O’Brien portrays his character wonderfully, making the audience understand the difference between bravery and stupidity.

Compared to the its prequel, The Scorch Trials is definitely more action-packed. It has elements of both a good action movie and a horror film. Since I only saw the first movie and didn’t read the books, I did not expect any of the horror elements that were incorporated in the sequel and jumped up in my seat multiple times.

Box office reports put The Scorch Trials opening weekend revenue at more than $30 million, making it another bona fide YA hit.

But that doesn’t make it perfect. Though I think the movie is excellent and the twist at the end was shocking, it could have been shorter. The ending dragged on for too long, showing more fight scenes than were necessary.

Overall, the movie did not fail to surpass my expectations. The added horror elements increased the suspense, and O’Brien’s performance was exceptional. Fans should be excited to know that the third movie in The Maze Runner series, The Death Cure, is set to be released in February 2017.