…Embark with Thomas, Theresa and the gang, as they try to escape the clutches of “WCKD”, a company intending to harvest their bodies. They try to escape and survive in the Scorch with “WCKD” hot on their tails.

 The audience are immersed in action from the beginning of the film as a gang of six children (Members of the Gladers) led by Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), are taken into refuge by a company called “WCKD” led by Janson (Aiden Gillen) and Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson).  During their term within this facility Thomas has a feeling that all is not what it seems as Theresa (Kaya Scodelario) is taken elsewhere by WCKD. The Gladers then attempt to uncover the evil intentions of WCKD. The Gladers eventually discover the plot and reasoning for WCKD to lead the children elsewhere escape from the Facility, into the Scorch with the help of Aris (Jacob Lofland) who arrived from another maze. This eventually leads to the Gladers seeking revenge and foil the evil plots with several twists and turns along the path for vengeance.

Mid-way into the film, when the audience are aware of the plot of WCKD, there seems to be a conscious decision about which side the audience will take as both of the groups try to determine is the best course for humanity to undertake. As WCKD try to save the lives of the many for the deaths of a few children and the Gladers try to save the children, the audience like myself will question which the greater good is. As the film develops, a love triangle appears to become into effect between Thomas, Theresa and incoming Brenda (Rosa Salazar). This type of love triangle occurs in many films previously and therefore has already run its course.

There are character similarities between other films for example the similarities between the “Hunger Games” (Francis Lawrence) franchise. There is a similarity between the role of Thomas in the Maze runner and Katniss in the “Hunger Games”. The two of them take on leadership roles within the team and therefore Theresa would correspond with Peeta in the “Hunger Games” and therefore there are far too many similarities between these two films. The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials as a film is far too stretched as a single film and would benefit from being split to two films. The film ends on a massive cliff-hanger and the film producers were clever in this as the next sequel is well set up to follow on course from this film. Each movie goes off in a separate tangent with the maze (the entire plot) from the first movie having little else purpose, except to state that the protagonists were previously confined by “WCKD”. This is why the connection between the film and its prequel is a disappointing one. Overall the film is pretty much an average young teen action film.

Rating – 60%

Director – Wes Ball

Cast – Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Roza Salazar, Aiden Gillen, Patricia Clarkson

Genre – Action, Adventure, Science fiction

Running Time – 131 Minutes

Stephen Mc Dermott

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