Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
The best thing about 2014’s The Maze Runner film, was the uniqueness in its setting - mimicking a classic amnesiac sci-fi tale - that diffrentiated itself from its young-adult genre rivals. The mystery of the maze created a tone that unfortunately doesn’t carry over into Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - which see’s the group mainly do plenty of walking. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is indeed a very different film to its predecessor, feeling far closer to every other young-adult book to film franchise out there (namely The Hunger Games and Divergent) so much so that you would expect them to exist within the same universe.
It’s a shame that whilst the budget grew, the spark the original managed to create has become lost and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials suffers due to it. Whilst visually competent and directed well by series stalwart Wes Ball with some hints at an intriguing story in there somewhere, it quickly resorts to a struggle between rebels and their nefarious overlords. This unfortunately is made worse by the lack of character development within this sequel.
Whilst admittedly not an avid reader of the books and being a year out from The Maze Runner predecessor, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials does little to nothing with the characters - giving you no reason to invest in their plight or the death of their comrades and ultimately sets you up for another film down the line, that also promises more of the same.
If you are a fan of The Maze Runner book series or the original incarnation last year, then you’ll likely already be planning to go see Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials regardless. Newcomers to the series will be rightly confused by the plot with the film offering no catch-up on the past events.
- 3 Out of 5 Stars
Step down from predecessor
Lacks character development
Few nice jump scares
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Release Date: 10th September
Runtime: 2 hr 1 mins
Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito & Aidan Gillen
- The Maze Runner
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
No, there are quite a few jump scares along with scenes of death, gunfire and torture.
The film is based upon a series of novels by James Dashner with the third and next movie titled The Death Cure.
The Maze Runner author James Dashner also created another series of novels titled The 13th Reality.