“The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”- Review:

The gladers are back for their newest escapist thrill ride. Scorch Trials brings the same cast back from its predecessor, which means the magnetic Dylan O’Brien is back as Thomas. They’ve added Rosa Salazar as Brenda and Giancarlo Espisito as Jorge. Espisito along with Aidan Gillen as Hanson, bring this franchise some legitimacy. All of these YA adaptations have some legit veteran actors. See Woody Harleson, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Hunger Games) and Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, and Jeff Daniels (The Divergent Series).

I’m a fan of this series, along with the aforementioned two YA counterparts. The first Maze Runner was a really fun film. A little Lord of The Flies and a story that left you wondering what will come next. The action was top notch and directed well by Wes Ball, who’s back here as well. So I had some expectations going in. Will this installment help set this franchise apart from the others?

As far as that opening question. It does some things better than other YA adaptations. That being the action. Wes Ball fills this movie to the brim with action that will have you on the edge of your seat with thrills, and even some scares. The movie is constantly moving, paced very well, and you find yourself really rooting for Thomas (O’Brien) and his friends to just find the answers that they are seeking. This is a very diverse cast. Other than Thomas who is the Alpha, they all have equal ground to stand on, and I like that about this franchise. You just find yourself liking these characters and the bond they share. That’s the glue here. The action, and that brotherhood.

Some negatives, some of the acting is a bit melodramatic. Meaning when characters say their lines at times they do feel like lines in a movie, and very hollywood. Not natural. Also some of the CGI with the cranks. It’s either really good or really bad. Still a lot better than anything Walking Dead.

All In all if you’re a fan of this franchise and YA adaptations like I am, you’ll love this film. If not you’ll still enjoy the action.

7/10

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