The second instalment in the Maze Runner series based on the books by James Dasner.
Definitely falling in that Twilight/Divergent teen sci-fi bracket, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials gives you a lord of the flies vibe with a story set in a dystopian future. Carrying on from the first movie we meet the survivors of the Maze (Dylan O’Brien,Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster etc ) who think they have found solace and safety. But did the ‘gladers’ really escape WCKD……..
For those of you that have not seen the first movie you may be a bit confused coming straight in with the Scorch Trials. Firstly there is no maze in this one but plenty of running so don’t let the title fool you 😉 A few plot holes in this movie such as no explanation as to why there was a maze in the previous film and what it really achieved and what WCKD ( the villainous corporation or are they ? ) stands for.
As I said it falls into the whole teen sci-fi bracket so will automatically attract a big audience and box office income. Some genuine moments that made me jump such as the scene set in the deserted dessert shopping centre ( no spoilers ) and some great additions to the cast such as Giancarlo Espsito, Lili Taylor and Aidan Gillen.
In this film we see the survivors in a ‘safe house’ facility which we eventually find out is still WCKD run and is harvesting the ‘gladers’ ( Matrix style hooked up to machines )for their immunity to the zombie virus which has taken over a large portion of the world. Escaping the compound the ‘gladers’ search for the mythical resistance group called the Right Hand which may or may not offer sanctuary.
I enjoy the mystery that comes with these movies. We slowly learn more and more about the characters backgrounds with each instalment but cleverly left wanting more,hence ensuring you see the future instalment(s).
Ticks all of the boxes for a YA Sci-fi category. Some hints at romance, some mild humour, some great special effects and gun fight scenes.
Think lord of the flies, hunger games, divergent, twilight all thrown into one. Giving you a solid enjoyable 3 movie punches: