Review: The Scorch Trials (TMR Movies #2)

Review: The Scorch Trials (TMR Movies #2)The Scorch Trials * by Wes Ball
Series: TMR Movies #2
Also in this series: The Maze Runner *
Released by 20th Century Fox on 17 September 2015
Genres: Dystopia
Length: 2h 12m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen.

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After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Last year I saw the movie The Maze Runner, and really enjoyed it. I hadn’t reread the book that thoroughly beforehand, so I didn’t know whether it was ‘true to the book’ or not. But I guess at that time I started to realise that it didn’t matter. Last week I saw The Scorch Trials, the sequel to this movie. I had heard from a lot of people that they hated the movie, because it was not like the book at all – and that was exactly why I wanted to see the movie. Because honestly – I don’t want the movie to be exactly like the book. I’ll just reread the book then.

The Scorch Trials takes off where The Maze Runner ended, the Gladers have been rescued from the maze and are being brought to a facility where they meet a lot of other kids who came from mazes too. But then, Thomas and Aris (a kid from another maze, who’s been at the facility the longest) find out that not everything is as it seems. Soon, the group is forced to escape from WCKD again and they end up in ‘the Scorch’, where they encounter Cranks for the first time.

Was this movie like the book? No. Was it a good movie? Yes. If you love zombie movies. Personally, I am not a fan of zombies at all – but still I thought it was a good movie. There were some elements from the book – that I remember, it’s been a while since I’ve read it and I didn’t reread it before this movie came out because of time – and overall it was a good movie. The ruined buildings looked amazing, and I just thought the whole setting for this movie was great. Even though most of it was all sand and dunes and stuff. Oh well.

We were introduced to new characters in this movie, most important were Brenda (Rosa Salazar) and Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito); and I really liked them. Many people had expected Jorge to be younger – closer to the age of the group, but I had expected him to be a sort of father to the group of people he and Brenda belong to. So I was happy when Giancarlo was announced to play him. I’d seen Rosa in Insurgent already but she didn’t have a big role in that movie, so I didn’t really know her acting that well. I liked her as Brenda, a lot.

What I did miss was the other maze group that they encountered in the book. A group that was the exact opposite of ‘our’ group – all girls, but with one boy. They cut them out of the movie, and only had Harriet and Sonya appear, which was alright – but still, I would have loved to see that entire group. They also changed the ending a lot, and personally I did like the movie ending more than the book ending. The book ending was just – I don’t know? I don’t remember much of it, apart from those monsters and those things they hid in and ?!?!?! So yeah, this ending was alright to me.

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In the end, I enjoyed The Scorch Trials, and I will definitely be seeing it again (especially now that I have another card with which I can see an unlimited amount of movies each month, yay for cinemas who do this). Did you see this movie? What did you think of it? Do you hate it a lot of other people – or did you enjoy it? Leave a comment!

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