Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
We pick up right about where we left off from the last movie, the Gladers are being led into a huge secure facility by the head of security Janson (Aidan Gillen). Inside they meet other kids who escaped other mazes, given new clothes, food, and bunks, but Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) remains suspicious, especially with how Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) has been separated from them. And then weird kid Aris (Jacob Lofland) sneaks Dylan into an usually large vent, they witness something that confirms their suspicions — the place is run by WCKD. So Thomas, Aris, and the guys — Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden), Winston (Alexander Flores) — free Teresa and escape all without Thomas and Aris clearly explaining to them what they saw. From their they head to the mountains where the rumored Right Arm rebel army exists. But it’s not as easy as it seems as they’re still trying to hide from the guards on the look out for them, and encountering new dangers in the outside world — will they be able to make it?
While the first Maze Runner was a disappointment in terms of squandering the potential of the premise, the sequel puts the emphasis on the Runner part of the series’ title, as the maze is no longer there. The first 2/3 of the movie feels very much like a Michael Bay movie with chase scene after chase scene and little or no character development at all. While it makes for some thrills, it also becomes very repetitive after a while, and instead I found myself poking at the many plot-holes. When they change things up from being on the run, like exploring the ruins of a former city — they stumble upon a drug-fueled party that felt like it was out of another series — which easily could have been removed from this film, although because it wasn’t makes me suspect that it’ll have something to do with the conclusion. There was also a major turn by one of the characters that really feels like it was done more for plot than anything else. While the ending wasn’t as abrupt as the original’s it’s still very much to be continued, only I’m getting exhausted thinking about having to sit through another one of these movies.