Excellent continuation of the Maze Runner series


Sydney Burns, Staff Reporter

Everyone loves a good action movie, filled with lots of fighting, drama, and suspense, it is no wonder why people love them so much. One movie many will love is “The Scorch Trials”.

Based on the acclaimed books series, The Maze Runner, written by James Dashner, this movie is parallel to the second book, the plot is centered in a post-apocalypse, where a group of teenagers known as “The Gladers” have just escaped from The Maze and must face the desolate outside world, ravaged by a disease known as The Scorch.

Led by the main character Thomas, a 16 year old boy who is center around the whole plot, he and the Gladers must also continue to escape from the organization that put them in the maze, known as Wicked, but with having their memories completely erased and have no idea of where home is, they can’t trust anyone. Can they find their own paradise?

This movie has had many well done aspects of this movie, with superb actors, fantastic settings, well-done composition, and the perfect amounts of action and suspense, you barely see the bad things. This movie had the talents of many acclaimed actors, including Dylan O’Brian, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Kaya Scodelario, the young adults have done very well to catch the teenage characters they portray.

The movie was filmed in numerous areas of the United States with deserts of New Mexico. The illness of the Scorch have ruined the complete world, as well as turned many people into infected, grotesque beings known as Crankers. It just makes you wonder with all the dangers if they really will escape.

The sound track and effects used for the movie did really well to reflect off the seriousness of the movie, getting dark and creepy when the characters were exploring the ruins and their run in with the Crankers. As well, there were more action packed songs when they escaped from Wicked and all chase scenes with the Crankers. However, I did feel that some spots were too easy to guess what was going to happen based on the sound effects, thus giving it away for the audience, though I can see it is used for suspense of the movie.

Despite being such a good movie, the movie is a drastic change from the book, so those that have read the books might be disappointed that these changes were made from the original. Much of these changes can be seen throughout the movie, some only sight changes, while others are much more dramatic that ties in with much of the plot. Examples that can be shown is that Teresa was never separated from the group in the beginning of the movie, as well as a change on how the Gladers first met up with Aris Jones, a main characters important to the plot of the story later on, along with Teresa and Thomas.

Even with the numerous differences from the original, this movie was very enjoyable to watch, and I recommend this to anyone that loves action and suspense filled movies