Almost exactly one year to the date, missed it by a day, the original Maze Runner came out to teen girl fame and critical golf claps. I myself enjoyed the first Maze Runner. It was not a great movie and I think seeing it once was enough, but it was a fast-paced, teen movie with some decent thrills. I’m happy to report The Scorch Trials eeks by in the same regard. Not great, but not terrible.
We catch up with teenage heartthrobs Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Ki Hong Lee (Minho), and Kaya Scodelario (Teresa) with their squad post-Maze escape. They’ve made it out of Wicked’s clutches and into a militaristic safe zone run by Aidan Gillen (Jansen) who, if you’ve seen Game of Thrones, you will probably never trust again. As with most young adult films to come out recently, the acting is fine. Not good, but fine, and for their part, O’Brien and crew are very ernest in their efforts, but you can only do so much with what you’re given.
Story-wise, you’re not going to find much that surprises you. Adults are mostly seen as the enemy. You’ll see a lot of post-apocalyptic landscapes, zombie-esque creatures and plot twists that you’ll mostly see coming. Though, I will admit to not calling a pretty obvious one. However, there is enough intrigue and cool monster design, think The Last of Us meets I Am Legend, to elevate your heart rate a little. Not to mention, a lot of running. It’s not called Maze Runner for nothing. Whether they’re running through long hallways, dirty sewers or dilapidated structures, these young actors give it their all, they even attempt to outrun lightning. I am not making that up.
If I didn’t already promise to watch The Scorch Trials again with my wife, I probably wouldn’t watch it again. But, at the same time, I’m glad I watched it. It was a decent movie to shove popcorn in your face for it’s roughly two hour runtime, maybe spring for a large. I think most people will enjoy this movie. Though I’m sure it will cause many cinephiles to roll their eyes at “another post-apocalyptic film.” But, this movie wasn’t made for them.
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