“The Maze Runnner” sequel: “The Scorch Trials” thrills audiences

Published: September 25, 2015

ARMAND GIROUX
Arts and Life Correspondent

Which is better, the book or the movie? In this age of film adaptation after film adaptation, this debate rages between pithy literary purists and those who do not know how to read. Even the newly released “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is not exempt from this petty scrutiny.

The name “The Scorch Trials” is shared by both the second book in the Maze Runner trilogy written by James Dashner, and the sequel to the Maze Runner movie directed by Wes Ball, who is on track to direct all three movies of the trilogy. For a book and movie genre that is classified as “Teen Fiction,” “The Scorch Trials” has a dark science fiction sort of feel that keeps the blood pumping between the deceit, frequent deaths and near deaths of our favorite characters and the absolutely mind blowing portrayal of the zombie-like cranks.

Taking place right where “The Maze Runner” left off, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Theresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and the other survivors of the maze escape and emerge in a post-apocalyptic world that they have no recollection of, ravaged by heat and disease. They travel through a myriad of incredible futuristic and post-apocalyptic landscapes that are beautifully rendered and stick true to the theme set by the books.

Now here is where the feud begins: many key story elements are changed in the adaption and even the flow of the story itself takes a fairly different direction making for a less complicated plot.

However, being that it is a movie, we will judge it as such. “The Scorch Trials” in my not so professional opinion was an excellent movie that balanced action, drama and mystery very well. It keeps the average movie-goer on the edge of their seat throughout the entirety of their experience.

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