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Movie Review: “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

When the first part of the film kept you interested and craving for answers you expect the second film to answer and quench your thirst for the truth. In “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers along with Minho (Ki Hong Lee) face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD (World Catastrophe Killzone Department)

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.

One of the best things that “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” gives you is that it offers unpredictability and surprises. The movie opens with a mouthful of rambling images and scenes, some are from the first film and others from a distant past probably forgotten by the cast. The second film takes your attention and holds it as you are anticipating an answer to what is truly happening in the post-apocalyptic Earth. The mixture of drama and suspense on the plot enchained with mystery and infinite future possibilities in the plot makes the movie exhilarating and heart-pumping.

Another impressive feature of the film is the stunning location shoots and realistic computer graphics seamlessly blended into a believable hyper-realistic Earth. As you are watching the film one of the biggest questions that would pop in your mind is "What the hell happened that caused this catastrophic mess?" 

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” kicked us with scenes that would make you scream at some unexpected moments. There are just a few scenes that you just want to end not because they are aimless but it is too-freakin scary (A part of it reminded us of some zombie-related apocalyptic films and series). These scenes were balanced with scenes focusing on the humanity of the well developed main characters of the film. The film tends to pave the way into a deeper understanding of the minds of our remaining gladers.

Overall, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” would increase your need to see the next installment of the saga. (Oh, I just want to know what happens next)

Ki Hong Lee portrays the protective Minho: “Minho springs into action when he needs to. He’s a very reserved guy who only speaks when he absolutely has to. Minho is the ‘muscle’ of the group. He’s the most physical and the strongest. His role now is to protect everybody and make sure there is always a way out, because the Gladers always seem to get stuck in bad situations.”

Ki Hong Lee and Thomas Brodie Sangster Join Fans in Seoul - “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

Downton Albuquerque, New Mexico - has been turned into the scavenged den of a group of survivors throwing the last party on Earth, as part of the production of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” based on the bestselling YA book series by James Dashner.

Are You Ready to Burn with The Gladers? “MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS” 

In the latest and heart-stopping trailer reveal of “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” the characters are again pitted against a series of death-defying obstacles in their continued search for the truth on who they really are and where they’re going after escaping the Maze.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”(2015)
R-13  |  131 min  |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  9 September 2015 (Philippines)

Our ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Director: Wes Ball
Writer: T.S. Nowlin (screenplay), James Dashner (novel)

Back on his directorial seat from the first box-office hit “Maze Runner” film, Wes Ball is not one to rest on his laurels.  Picking up on the story of Thomas and the Gladers now they’ve escaped the maze, the film introduces audiences to The Scorch, and a whole new set of challenges faced in a post-apocalyptic Earth.

                Along with O’Brien, returning cast includes Kaya Scodelario, Thoma Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores and Patricia Clarkson with new cast members Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper and Nathalie Emmanuel.

Watch the “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" Trailer

                Non-stop action adventure awaits when “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” opens in cinemas nationwide on September 9 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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