Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - A run up to apocalypse

First of all, the film is different from the book. Watching the second instalment of the Maze Runner trilogy, The Scorch Trials, based on James Dashner’s book with muttering fans was an interesting experience. The books are grim, disturbing and absolutely unputdownable. Set in a future ravaged by extreme climate and a virus known as the Flare, The Maze Runner follows a group of youngsters on the run from an all-powerful organisation known as W.C.K.D. (World in Catastrophe: Killzone Department).

The movie takes off where the first ended. Thomas and fellow gladers including Minho, Newt, Frypan and Theresa are out of the Maze and in a secure facility. They meet Janson (yes Rat-man) and survivors of other mazes. Jansen tells them they are safe. However, we and the gladers know better than to trust shanks like Jansen.

While the movie might feel like a YA version of Run Lola Run, the production design is awesome—and the cranks are suitably gruesome all contributing to spectacular thrills. By making a 180 degree turn from the source material, with a crucial plot point in the third book, the makers have sacrificed the poignancy and connection to the characters for a breathless narrative.

Director Wes Ball returns as do Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Ki Hong Lee (Minho) and Kaya Scodelario (Teresa Agnes). Newcomers include Rosa Salazar (Brenda), Jacob Lofland (Aris Jones), Giancarlo Esposito (Jorge) and Aidan Gillen (Petyr Baelish from Game of Thrones is a smarmy Rat-Man).

The movie ends in a kind of cliff-hanger. As you leave the theatre, fan or not, the sequence as Brenda fights off a crank on a picture window of a crazily tilting high rise will stay with you. Hurray for movie magic!

Genre: Young Adult

Director: Wes Ball

Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Giancarlo Esposito, Alexander Flores, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee

Plot: Thomas and company are still on the run

Bottomline: Eye-popping production design makes for thrilling viewing despite significant departure from source material

Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 23, 2022 2:21:26 am |