Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Directed by Wes Ball
Written by T.S. Nowlin
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, and Patricia Clarkson
The Scorch Trials is the sequel to 2014’s Maze Runner while it is an improvement upon its predecessor by adding layers to the developing story. The film does not move the story forward. The Scorch Trials is clearly act two of a three-act play and wants you to stick around for Act three, much like how its predecessor was act one wanting you to stay tuned for act two. There is no resolution, but it does plant some interesting seeds for the upcoming third act of this play.
The Scorch Trials does contain some exciting action scenes. These action scenes are paced well, shot well, and executed well. These action scenes keep you latched on to this movie that drags on at a torturous pace. The Scorch Trials also features strong acting from its mostly young principal cast and stellar supporting cast, which includes Aidan Gillen. Knowing that Gillen plays Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in Game of Thrones, when I see Gillen show up on screen my first reaction is not to trust his character. Is it just me or is Gillen the perfect guy to cast for that kind of role now?
The Scorch Trials was a movie that moved at a meandering pace, without moving the story forward, but did contain strong acting and solid action scenes. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a solid 3/5.