Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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



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In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. (C) Fox

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  • If it sounds like there isn't an original thought in The Scorch Trials' scripted head, you're right. But at least you won't be smacking yourself in the head trying to figure out what's going on.

    Sep 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jim Slotek

    Toronto Sun
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  • The teen dystopian franchise continues to play rough, and now even rougher, with satisfying results.

    Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • With minimal plot development and far too much running around in dark corridors, The Scorch Trials has a poor story:filler ratio. And much of what happens is poorly thought-out.

    Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The sequel is terrible and all my original criticisms for the first film still stand, but at least it's a more entertaining kind of awful.

    Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This story was better off back in the maze.

    Sep 18, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • There's no flare of strangeness or freshness here, just a pile of images and ideas stolen from smarter people's second-hand bin banged into each other for a numbingly dull 132 minutes.

    Sep 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    James Rocchi

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Audience Reviews for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

This chapter is in many ways superior to the mediocre first movie, and even if it is completely derivative (think of The Hunger Games meets I Am Legend and Mad Max and you will have an idea), it does a nice job generating excitement and tension in the action-packed scenes.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials continues the saga with even more riveting visuals, suspense and action-sequences. However, the second installment's steadfast overflow of new characters become overwhelming and its transitions and overall-script become a head-scratcher, ultimately making it less promising than its predecessor but still fairly decent. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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A muddled story with hackish dialog. No notably good performances. Gillen was miscast and distracting, and I wasn't entirely sure he wasn't still playing Littlefinger from "Game of Thrones". There is enough action to keep it marginally interesting, however. You won't be impressed, but you'll feel you barely got you money's worth.

Christian C
Christian C

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Fact: I enjoyed the first Maze Runner- it had me on the edge of my seat and had some solid acting from a young cast. Fact: I'm glad to say the second outing of Maze Runner- The Scorch Trials is just as good, if not better. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials directed once again by Wes Ball is a fun, suspenseful and surprisingly action heavy outing. Is the story tight? Not really- it's still your typical run of the mill teenage dystopian story. But the thing that sets this franchise apart is the perfectly constructed atmosphere of suspense and fear. The stakes feel higher thanks to the elevated sense of the action sequences. No one feels safe thanks in par to the strong acting of the cast- where nobody feels wasted. The addition of Game of Thrones veteran Aiden Gillen as Janson is a welcome addition breathing life into his character's villany. Once again Dylan O'Brien does fine work as Thomas. In saying this the movie at times can be a bit confusing and a bit jarring in its use of conveying location to the audience and can be a bit of a trek trying to locate where the group is. The action sequences while great, can also be a bit shaky at times making it hard to decipher what's happening on screen. All in all I'm impressed with this franchise so far. Please make sure the final movie isn't split into two parts though! 4/5

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

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