Review: Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner - The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Duration: 132 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 25-SEP-2015

In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) 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.

Overall Review: The story picks up right after the first film, and it is generally about explaining the tons of mysteries left to explain in the first film, a bit more about organization WCKD, the goodies and baddies and what the characters want to do with all that information. This film has a lot more action that are Distinctive and Creative. Film is interesting, and is still addictive, but not on the same level of the first installment. The Scorch Trials disappoints in a manner that First film had set the bar incredibly high, and expecting the sequel to measure up was perhaps unfair. Overall, its is a True entertainment in itself.

Performance & Technical Review: The VFX are well executed. The performances are good. Not only the young lead Dylan O’Brien and his young co-stars, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar and Thomas Brodie Sangter, deliver strong performances, but also the supporting cast of mature actors. The only let down is that this ensemble
cast was limited by a script that seemed to go nowhere. It wasn’t as strong as the first part. The production values are highly good, a step up from the already good production values of the first film. The sound particularly deserves a lot of praise, its highly creative and the mixing is perfect, but the visual effects particularly the city also deserve praise. Music quicken the pulses of viewers during this tense moment. The cinematography is great. Director Wes Ball with no prior involvement in directorial domain has proved that he can helm a movie on this second round of maze running.

PDF Verdict: This Runner has a running time in excess of two hours and its a lot to digest. Nevertheless sequel has new danger (ZOMBIES), new story, new world. It has all the ingredients to become huge success on box-office. A Solid entertainer that will keep audience entertained and screaming for Chapter 3: Maze Runner – The Death Cure.

PDF Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
VFX: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5

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