Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Movie Review

Well as they say, there’s a day for everything. And today, for the first time ever I saw a movie without having read the book first! Just as well. Because when it comes to this series, the movies are definitely better than books. Yes you heard me right. When I read the first Maze Runner book, I did like the premise but everything else fell flat for me – the characterization, the pacing, everything. But the movie corrected a lot of those mistakes and actually turned out be quite fun. So when the sequel The Scorch Trials was announced, I was ready to watch it without reading the book as I had an inkling that this would surely be the superior experience out of the two.

Now I don’t know if I am right or not, but the movie was actually pretty good!

The Story

We pick up right where left off at the end of the first movie. After the maze trials, Thomas and his friends along with Teresa are brought on-board a safe-house run by a man called Jansen (the audience immediately recognized the actor, as he’s none other than Aiden Gillen who plays Petyr in GoT). He tells the kids that they’re in safe hands now and finally out of reach of W.C.K.D (that’s pronounced Wicked, an evil group that captures kids immune to the Flare virus to harvest the cure out of them). But nothing seems to be as it appears. A secret is discovered, which takes our protagonists out into the open. What is the Flare virus? Who is on whose side? And how do you tell the good people from the bad? This forms the crux of the film.

The Analysis

I am not sure what the Flare virus actually does to people, but this movie plays out like an episode right out of ‘The Walking Dead’. People affected by the virus behave like zombies and a bite will infect you as well. But with that aside, I have to say that the movie mostly succeeds in keeping you glued to your seat till the very end. There’s very little character development and people we already know from the first film don’t do anything that’s too surprising. But I welcomed the introduction of new characters, especially Giancarlo Esposito playing Jorge, a character that’s right up his alley. The new girl Brenda was quite good too and we actually spend quite a lot of time with her than Teresa.

Hollywood has now become a master of creating something out of nothing and making it seem like it’s all real so let’s just say that the Visual Effects are good! I mean, the maze did really look magnificent in the first movie and here it’s the city-in-ruins that gets special mention. Everything feels organic. The background score was okay too, and very good in some parts.

If I have a problem with the film it’s only that the emotional graph is not maintained very well. Now this may have been something that’s carried over from the books, but you never quite reach the emotional high in the climax as the action insists to jog back and forth. (Remember that final scene in Catching Fire where Katniss shoots an arrow into the dome? How electrifying (pun intended) was that!) Stuff like that goes sorely missing here but still it’s not too bad. The final scene does make you want to watch the next movie, so that’s good enough.

*Images sourced from foxmovies.com

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16 thoughts on “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Movie Review

  1. Kids wanna watch this. But I didn’t really like the first instalment, so will wait for it to hit the telly. Haven’t read the books either, and I’m a book before the movie person. But don’t think I could actually read these books because the story line don’t really appeal to me. And I’ve read some pretty dull books! lol

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  2. Haven’t read the books either.. so I was super glued to every scenec to watch what would happen next. And then BAM. Zombies. Running abnormally fast. Chasing everyone. IN 3D. Gahh. I mean remember in the tunnel with the crazy grafitti where Thomas and Brenda were walking? The minute that rat made its appearance I had a feeling that ‘Yup, the zombies are coming. They’re coming, no doubt.’.
    Love the movie though! 😛
    Minho 😥 And when the nice lady in the Right Arm who found the cure was shot. :O
    A few of my friends who hadn’t watched the first movie or read the book were kind of clueless but were pretty sure they hated Teresa’s guts because of what she did in the end. 😛

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    • Yea, that tunnel scene! I know right! Why build all that tension up when everybody in the audience know what is gonna happen. The zombies in this movie are much faster than the ones on The Walking Dead though 😛

      And I didn’t understand why Jansen had to kill the doctor lady. 😦 And that too, right after Ava Paige proclaims “I’m not a monstor, I’m a doctor!” Kinda contradictory don’t ya think!

      But I don’t think a proper cure was invented yet. That blue liquid the doctor administers to Brenda will just slow down the virus’s growth and has to be given periodically. I think Teresa feels that W.C.K.D is the only one trying to find the cure so she thinks they need to do what they need to do, no matter how brutal it might be.

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      • Haha yes. I was terrified. Their brains were literally rotting.. how on earth could they get their legs to function that efficiently?
        Yeahh, I was wondering the same. Thought it could probably be a long going rivalry. Dunno though.
        Hmm yes, must be it! But then just when everything was going good, W.C.K.D. comes and blows everything up! So I guess that took brutal to a whole new level. 😛

        Might read the 3rd and 4th book just to get to know what happens!

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