Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials – Run in the other direction of this film…
War of the Movies: 4.5/10
Directed by Wes Ball
Released on September 18, 2015
Running Time: 132 minutes
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aidan Gillen
In Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials, we find back Thomas and his friends, safely out of the maze but, apparently for their safety, trapped in a lab that’s under the surveillance of an organisation call Wicked (World in Catastrophe: Killzone Experience Department). They soon find out that more maze was created, and those who escaped was brought back in the same very high secure lab. Those children who, like in the first film, still don’t have their full memories, wait day after day for their names to be call to be send to “a better place”. Thomas, having doubts about where he is, begins his investigation about the real reason of the creation of this lab and soon finds out that not everything is at it seems. He and his friends must escape to survive, only to realise that the post-apocalyptic world out there holds even worse trials that they must overcome.
Frankly, I don’t understand the goal of this film, the only reason that I watch it until the end is because I never could walk away from a movie, even if it’s bad! And in this case, bad doesn’t even cover it… At the end of the first one you think, “Ah well, after this not so bad action-pack film, I want to see the sequel to fully understand what happens.” The thing is, with Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials, you never understand what happened! Absolutely no explication about why they where in the Maze, or as if the story wasn’t worst enough, you don’t even know why the villains are in fact, villains! You learn that they are working to find a cure (for what exactly you can suppose but it’s never said clearly), and unfortunately, they make some tests on people to try to find their perfect formula. That’s about as much explanation you are going to have, and it makes you think, “Where do does these villains came from and where they are going to I wonder.” Maybe those who read the books understand better what happened and where the director was going with his ideas, but for people like me who didn’t read them, it’s simply an incomprehensible film.
Of course, it is without any surprises that an incomprehensible film comes with a script that couldn’t have been even more simplest. The lines the actors had to deliver were shorts and most often than not, without any meaning, which makes it quite hard for an actor to actually do a good job. Trying to cover the lack of a good storyline and script, the director gives us non-stop explosions, implausible chases and, wait for it, zombies’ attacks, after zombies’ attack, after zombies’ attack. It would have made senses to keep so much focus on the zombies if the movie would have been about running away from them, but when it’s about escaping a bad organisation and planning a revenge, the director could have cut many zombies scenes and instead easily give us more explanation. The film is seriously way two long for what it has to offer, more than two hours of little story with unnecessary non-stop action scenes up to the point that it made us feel as if we were watching a bad three and a half hours’ film.
With an ending like that you can be sure that a third installment will come out, and as of right now, it is said to be in theaters in 2017. Yes I am going to watch it, with an open mind, just so I can see if the overall ending will explain everything that has happened in the first and second film, but after seeing Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials, I can’t say that it gives me high hopes of liking it.
Should I see it?
If you are looking for a sequel that you will like as much as the first one, skip it if you don’t mind never knowing more than what you already seen. I didn’t read the books, so I can’t compare if the film is well done on that point, but maybe those who read it will be able to appreciate more the film.