Quick Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Sorry I am a bit late on my quick review for the sequel to The Maze Runner but here it is!

I’ll be honest, I read the entire series and I didn’t think the sequels were as good as the first book. I actually did like the movie, however. It strays from the book and scenes are altered (so if you aren’t into that, you should probably not watch it). The movie’s pace is a little off at the beginning but it gets better halfway through. A problem I had was the way they ended the film, mainly because I read the book and it was changed. I think one issue the film faced was what the story was. We were left with a cliff hanger from the first movie in that the human race is practically wiped out and Earth is affected by the Flare. If you didn’t read the books, I think you’d be confused to certain elements of the story – the Flare and it’s effects on the human race needed more explanation, who Brenda and the rest of the gang were (and why are they not with the others), WCKD and Rat-Man. I do want to applaud the cinematography of the film as anytime the camera was panned out and showed a landscape view of the group’s journey it was quite amazing. The scene in the desert when the gun shot went off, the storm they were caught in…I think that was actually one of the better parts of the movie which is saying something. Hopefully, the final movie can find it’s place again in the Maze Runner story.

The trilogy will end with The Death Cure, in theaters February 17, 2017.

Current Ratings:

IMDb: 7/10 (users)

Rotten Tomatoes: 50% (critics) 65% (users)

Critics Consensus: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is an action-packed sequel at the cost of story, urgency, and mystery that the original offered.

Metacritic: 43% (critics)

Mine: 6.5/10


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