Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

The Maze Runner franchise continues. Having escaped the maze of the first film, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow young survivors find out more about their ruined world - and have to travel across some of its most dangerous places. Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones’ Littlefinger), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring), Alan Tudyk, Barry Pepper, and Lili Taylor join the cast.

Picking up where the previous film left off, the handful of youngsters who survived find themselves in a processing facility under the command of Janson (Gillen). There, they discover theirs was not the only maze, and other graduates of WCKD's testing programme have also been liberated. Believing things are too good to be true, Thomas can't help but dig deeper, and what he discovers will take him and his friends on a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Scorch, a danger-filled desert that has engulfed cities, and maybe even nations.

2015Rating: M, Violence, science fiction themes and sustained threat130 minsUSA
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

“Where are we, what are we doing here, and how the hell do we get out?” The first Maze Runner film posed these questions then answered them, and this sequel follows on from the big reveal of its predecessor to further move from mystery to complexity. This isn’t unwelcome, and saves us from a retread of more maze running in favour of a more labyrinthine plot. Fear not though, there are still tunnels and corridors and air conditioning ducts to navigate, and doors to slide under, if that’s why you’re here.

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Variety

Variety

Succeeds well enough as derivative survival-horror-action thrillers go, but makes for an unsatisfying, confusing sequel.

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Total Film

Total Film

Rather than Maze Runner 2: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Maze, Scorch Trials ambitiously opens up its world with mixed results: gripping action, so-so script.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This film is making a wheezing, spluttering sound: the sound of a profitable YA franchise running out of steam.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Ball makes assured use of the wide screen: much of the film's interest lies in the different types of terrain covered, from cramped corridors and air vents to barren desert to a ruined city that might have been designed by M. C. Escher.

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Stuff

Stuff

Essentially just one long scene, bookended by a minimum of necessary exposition.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Lacks a sense of originality and urgency, undercut by overly familiar characterizations and dilatory pacing.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

Overall, this is a worthy addition to what is shaping as one of the better youth-centric series of its kind.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

It’s only recommended for those who have seen the first film and plan on seeing the third, but as middle instalments go this is an entertaining one that’s all the better for being unfaithful to the book.

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