Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials review

They must keep running. Their lives depend on it. Photo Courtesy 20th Century Fox

By Taylor C. Berrier

There is a new atmosphere forming in Hollywood. There is a realization that one really is such a lonely number, and us the viewer and moviegoer are always going to expect more out of our movie watching experience. And like with anything else in the world, there is the matter of quality versus quantity and how well filmmakers are walking this ever thinning line between the two while still trying to deliver the most out of their movie.

Maze Runner is a franchise that upends the imaginary lines and borders filmmakers have set for themselves and instead, it broadens them and gives it more defining features as to be more recognizable and identifiable. You can’t fool the moviegoer, as the moviegoer is naturally a skeptic, but a very idealistic skeptic. I can’t overlook what’s actually taking place here; a short set of novels were quickly, but thoroughly adapted for the big screen. An approach that’s a little too obvious, even cliche in its methodology. It might of been just that easy, all said and done. The gem here isn’t found in any one aspect – neither the cast, the characters, the concept, or even the plot and dialog. We know what sells movies and so much of that is present in Maze Runner. The sheer intrigue of the story being told.

I haven’t read the books, but I feel confident saying the movies are doing them justice. It’s hard to say spoilers are a key factor in me not affording you a bit of detail about The Scorch Trials, but that really plays a huge role in the layout of these films. Add this to the list of movies to binge, because after the release of the third and final film of the series, it will make for a more than decent five hour exploration into sci-fis involving mazes and running, some of my favorites being Logan’s Run and Cube 2, and special mention for the Millennium Falcon that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

You’re going to get some sci-fi cameos in Maze Runner as well, which I won’t spoil for you here, but you can damn well expect top rate performances by Dylan O’Brian, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, among the other actors who play the men that just got done battling their way through a deadly maze only to find out, *ahHeM*, only to find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. And good news, just announced yesterday, Director Wes Ball will be back for the third film, The Death Cure, and unlike many other popular books adapted into movies, Hollywood and Wes Ball will deliver the final book of the series in just one part. One less movie ticket to buy, so the brevity is much appreciated on my end, and seeing how well they’ve done on the films thus far, you have my entire bode of confidence at your wayside.