Nicole Thornton

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review

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After making it out the maze, will Thomas and co. make it out of the scorch?

Following on from last year’s The Maze Runner is the second instalment in the film series, based on the best-selling books by US-author James Dashner.

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials follows Thomas, played by heart-throb Dylan O’Brien, alongside a group of other teenagers who have all been propelled into a Hunger Games-like, sci-fi dystopia. Having been abducted and brainwashed by organisation ‘W.C.K.D’ who are using the youngsters’ as lab rats, in the hope of finding a cure for the mysterious disease, the Flare.

Among the cast is a number of British talent: Skins’ Kaya Scodelario who plays Thomas’ love interest Teresa, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster who plays Newt, to name a few.

With phase one (the maze) complete the group are now attempting to escape the wrath of the ‘baddies’ W.C.K.D (World in Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department).

The movie directed by Wes Ball, follows on from the first in the same survival-of-the-fittest, video game-like style; as the teenagers’ battle their way out of W.C.K.D’s lab facility (similar to the training centre in the Hunger Games), they end up in ‘the scorch’: que zombie attacks, sand storms and a lot of gunfire, I mean A LOT!

The scorch is a backdrop of destruction – desolate with broken buildings and no sign of life; that is until the group run into the Right Hand. Led by Jorge, played by Giancarlo Esposito, the two groups plan to take on W.C.K.D.

Although the storyline does not develop a lot between the characters and leaves questions unanswered at times, the movie reaches its climax with an action-packed, explosive ending. As W.C.K.D close in on the teenagers, Jorge, and the Right Hand there is a massive stand-off.

The film ends with Thomas vowing to seek revenge and bring down W.C.K.D once and for all. This sets up nicely for (I’m sure) the eagerly anticipated final instalment of the Maze Runner trilogy. But, we will have to wait, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is not set for release until early 2017.

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is available to see in cinemas now.

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