132 Min. | Action – Sci-Fi – Thriller | September 2015
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Director: Wes Ball
Staring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, has everything from sandstorms and lightning to Zombies and evil henchman. Its as though the writer/director said lets throw everything into the story that we can and see what sticks, and then when it came time to edit some of it out, everything cost so much to make that they didn’t want to remove it. This means Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has a running time in excess of two hours and its a lot to digest. There is so much action that we as a viewer get exhausted watching it. The gang of kids we never really get to meet. Only Tom has a purpose, the others I couldn’t even tell you their names. They could have been left out the script as none of them were useful. One of them started complaining at the start, suggesting a possible conflict but them he just shut up for the rest of the film.
Then there are all the new cast members who become redundant mere minutes after being introduced. Eventually you start to wonder if some of these people could have been left out the movie to make a much tighter edit. The sets are however outstanding. The Scorched Earth is something want to see again. You do start wondering though – if all these giant mazes are apparently around the place, with green pastures inside. Why would anyone live in the desert when they can live quite happily inside the maze? In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the action is great, most scenes make sense (although there is one jump cut from we have to take cover from the storm to the next morning). There are times when you have to ignore logic like needing food and water, leaving guns behind and stuff like that. But this was an enjoyable film which is very fast paced, if perhaps a little too much of a good thing but still a great film.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is good, but does suffer from some unnecessary moments that ruin the momentum of the film. Though more well rounded than the first film, it lacks the full drive that you want to see from the film. Fortunately it is saved by decent directing, but you can’t help feel that it is time to up the ante and make this film more realistic and adult then this child targeted movement. The production values are highly good, a step up from the already good production values of the first film. The sound particularly deserves a lot of praise, its highly creative and the mixing is perfect, but the visual effects particularly the city also deserve praise. The cinematography is great. Overall, in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the score is very good.