In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fig...more
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
“Scorch Trials is worth a try, thanks to its gripping action and enthralling visuals.”
A group of young guys and girls have been brought to a creepy looking establishment run by Janson (Aidan Gillan - Peter Baelish in GoT). Something feels off and before long Thomas (Dylan O Brien), the chosen one of sorts with the help of Aris (Jacob Lofland) figures out that they are not in a safe house but in WIKDs own research lab where they are being harvested, the immune ones so the vaccination or cure against the deadly disease turning people into zombie-like organisms, called Cranks, can be stopped. Thomas, with a group of others including Teresa manages to escape into the Scorch. They survive more zombies, another basement of rebels and finally make it to the Markers who are saving "Flare immune" kids and taking them to Safe Haven, given how valuable they are.
Now that we've got the plot out of the way, the movie can be differentiated into two segments - the visuals and the soul. The visuals are stunning. The art direction to create a post-apocalyptic New York-like city with broken skyscrapers, a lot of rubble amidst vast deserts and massive heavily-secured garage/basement-like camp units is commendable. The chase sequences where the kids have to escape Cranks through dark, abandoned dungeons and halls are thrilling. However, the same gimmick is used so many times, that you almost lose the element of surprise by the end.
The bad part is that the movie still has a very weak character and plot development. There is so much chase and rescue happening that the characters are never properly built up. You cannot empathize with Teresa for what she did and Thomas just looks like a guy with Hero Complex and nothing more. There are hardly any soft, touching moments for a dystopian movie where you are already feeling utterly miserable. The battle in the end is a little illogical where the WIKD forces are bombing the hell out of the same set of guys they need alive for their experiments. More importantly, the war is almost one-sided and yet towards the end buoyed by some smart-play by Thomas a bunch of guys manage to get away to set the Third Part of the series up. Also, it seems almost ridiculous that one of the characters Brenda jeopardizes herself and Thomas for a sentimental memento exactly at the nick of the moment, something you don't see coming from her at all. A lot of needless scenes add more confusion like the den of Marcus. All in all, the movie is a decent action thriller for 3D and Zombie enthusiasts but otherwise, there are too many ways in which the story proceedings confuse or frustrate you.