Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: Movie Review

"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" starts off where we left off in the first film. Fortunately, the second film is able to capture the essence of what made "The Maze Runner" tick well last year. What we get is yet another gripping, thrilling and an action-packed experience that will leave audiences breathless and wanting more. While it may have changed a lot from its source material, the overall result easily stands on its own.

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) are unloaded from the chopper that flew them away from the maze. The helicopter’s doors fly open and masked soldiers whisk them into an underground bunker. The bunker is run by Janson (Aidan Gillen) who promises to take the survivors to a safe haven. Thomas suspects the bunker is run by none other than WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department) and must convince the Gladers they aren’t safe there. Their loyalty to each other is all they can count on. The Gladers mount a breakout, successful, but they find themselves battling the unforgivable torch.

"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" does enough to be an extremely enjoyable watch as the film headlines non-stop action and an intriguing story. Speaking of the story, it may not sell well with fans of the book as the film had a lot of liberties in terms of changing it for the big screen adaptation. Trust us though, even with this major factor in mind, the end result is more than interesting enough. In fact, the plot kept us on our toes and had a few surprises and twists that caught us off guard throughout the film. What makes "The Scorch Trials" really gel together though is its frenetic pace. From the first few minutes until the end credits, the film is not shy to showcase its action-packed nature. Add on top of that its outstanding visuals and what you get is a thrilling atmosphere that literally scared and wowed us from time to time. The only problem with "The Scorch Trials" is that it is highly tied up with the first film and its eventual sequel. It feels like its a film where nothing significant really happens and what you do get is a huge cliffhanger at the end. Yep, frustrating tos ay the least. Overall though, "The Scorch Trials" even with its shortcoming is still a must-watch film.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- great action sequences and still thrilling as hell
- the film has astounding atmosphere

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- hugely tied up with first film and its sequel
- feels like nothing significant happens in terms of the overall revelation

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