The Scorch Trials - Review

When watching The Scorch Trials, it is easily apparent that this is a much more ambitious movie than the first. The movie keeps up the excitement until the very last moments, even if those moments are dragged out, a lot.

Performances

Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O'Brien is thrust into a much more leadership - centric role. Thomas is no longer a babbling, running idiot, (although there still is a lot of running. Like a lot of running.) but a smart and sincere leader who knows when to say no. As for the supporting cast, there isn't much to go on. Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt is sadly sidelined for the extent of the film, and the rest of the cast doesn't fare much better. Similar to the first movie, the villains are still absolutely ludicrous. Patricia Clarkson reprises her role as the titular leader of WCKD, Ava Paige. And yes, she is still am identical copycat of The Hunger Games's president Coin. The other new villain, Game of Thrones's Aiden Gillen, as Janson is pitiful at best. He tries so hard to be menacing, but can't seem to find the Heath Ledger inside him.

Plot

The Scorch Trials's plot is extremely confusing, but somehow clearer than the first movie. The zombies are never explained, there is no recap, and the "scorch" is never fully explained. This should give room for the characters to develop and change, but as I said before, this is not the case.

Style

The unfortunate thing about movies like The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials, is that they are just mediocre enough to not warrant a reboot later on. The Maze Runner will never be re-edapted as a horror as it rightly should be. And The Scorch Trials will likely never be retold as the I Am Legend ripoff it should be. That said, don't expect anything new stylistically with The Scorch Trials.

Summary

The Scorch Trials doesn't reinvent the Maze Runner franchise as I hoped it would, but it bumps up the scale and begins to show signs of uniqueness.

Pros- Dylan O'Brien, scale, supporting cast, Alan Tudyk

Cons- Mediocre style, confusing plot, sidelined characters