Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Review - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I love Young Adult franchises, Harry Potter is one of my favourite book to film franchises and i also
thought the first film was fine, but was mostly setting up the next film, annoyingly the sequel is worse than the first film.

The Scorch Trails is adapted from the second book of the Maze Runner series written by James Dashner, the film is directed by Wes Ball, who also directed the first film, and stars Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen and Alan Tudyk.

In The Scorch Trails, after escaping the maze, Thomas and the crew must survive in a desolate wasteland, while not getting abducted by the evil WCKD.
One of the biggest problems in this film is the story, its boring and predictable, which is the worst thing that a story can be, its so generic and tedious, there are no twists and turns, just a story where a group of characters are trying to go from point A to point B. Without getting into spoilers, the ending is also incredibly frustrating and doesn't make me want to return for the third and final film, which is what this film had to do.

The weakest thing in The Scorch Trials are the characters, they lack personality and charm, everyone is very one note and dull, especially Teresa, played by Kaya Scodelario, who seems like she is going to be a very interesting character, but never comes across as anything but eye candy and a potential love interest, but she should be more interesting, she is one of the only females in the franchise and seems like she is shrouded in mystery, but they don't give you any reason to be interested in the character at all.

really enjoy the Hunger Games films, but with Harry Potter being over and only have one Hunger Games film left, i need a new franchise to latch on to, but unfortunately The Maze Runner isn't that franchise.
Dylan O'Brien as Thomas in The Scorch Trials
The film does do some things right, the film is completely different from the first and while i didn't enjoy it, i thought it was good that the film changes genre completely and is basically a zombie/survival film which could've been great.
There were also some great performances from a couple of the new additions to the cast, standouts being; Giancarlo Esposito who plays Jorge, a leader of a rebel faction who helps Thomas and his friends, he was very charming and energetic in the role, he stole every scene he was in. Alan Tudyk had a small role as Blondie, a survivor, who owns a strange dance club, Tudyk obviously had a lot of fun in the role and it shows on screen, i wish there were more characters like Blondie in the film because he is the type of character i imagine living in this type of apocalyptic world.

The Scorch Trials is another generic YA film, with a boring story and characters and left me cold for the sequel.


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