The second story in the James Dashner- penned trilogy. The Scorch Trials follows a similar tone and pace of that of its predecessor however; there are moments within the book that focuses on the after effects of the Maze Trial, and how it ultimately caused and sealed each and every Gladers fate. There were new faces, new terrors and a very vulnerable Thomas with no Chuck to comfort him.
When we left Thomas at the end of Maze Runner, he had just managed to break free from the confinement of the maze, with a few others, only to learn that the Sun has ravaged the Earth, the disease called the Flare has left human kind a shadow of its former self and, with the shocking knowledge that maybe the maze, was really the escape.
Scorch Trial picks up with Thomas in a daze after Chucks death. Though, he has been ‘saved’ from W.I.C.K.E.D (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Department) he struggles to feel safe after all that he has encountered. It is in this fragile state that Thomas and the other Gladers are thrust once again, backing into the nightmare that is the trials. You would think that the Gladers could be cut some slack.
For the film, Wes Ball’s big screen take on James Dashner’s story has both high and low peaks. However, I must give credit where credit is due in regards to (in my opinion), the seamless transition of the characters Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) and Minho (played by Ki Hong Lee) from book to screen. The truly awful plot did not seem to hinder their depiction of the characters they were playing and in some moments it was the only thing preventing me from leaving the cinema.
Furthermore, the film had a lot of unnecessary characters who did not add anything to the actual development of the story yet, like Teresa they occupied screen space which could have been used in a much more efficient way. Though, the general story holds true in the film version of the book. It is less to do with the scorch trials and a lot more to do with you running around like a headless chicken, trying to find other headless chickens and then ultimately realising you’re all headless. There is no real outcome to the movie.
I do have high hopes for the final instalment of the Maze Runner Trilogy particularly, if I go along with the excuse that the Scorch Trials suffered from a tad bit of “middle movie” fatigue.
What did you think of the Scorch Trials?
Rating Scale: 3/5 (Book)
Rating Scale: 2/5 (Film)
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