Flash Movie Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I have from time to time run across advertisements that sold me on their product. Off to the store I would go to seek it out, where I found it looked like the item in the ad but it was not exactly the same. Where the picture showed a metal ring around the item, in person it was silver colored plastic; I realized it could easily break after several uses. Some people would say this was a deceptive advertisement; the picture and description did not focus on this certain part, letting the consumer come to their own conclusions. It is all marketing and I understand it; I guess you can say I almost expect it. If I think about it I am sure this type of example has played a part in my cautious or suspicious nature when it comes to dealing with any type of business. In my personal life I tend to trust a person until they prove me wrong, but when it comes to companies and corporations I go with the cliche, “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is not true.” I try not letting this mentality infiltrate into my personal dealings with individuals, but after being “burned” a few times it is hard to remain open and trusting of people who have not yet had enough history built between us. As far as I am concerned trust is something that needs to be earned, just ask the main character in this action thriller.    AFTER surviving the maze Thomas, Minho, Teresa; played by Dylan O’Brien (The First Time, Teen Wolf-TV), Ki Hong Lee (The Stanford Prison Experiment, Everything Before Us) and Kaya Scodelario (The Truth About Emanuel, Moon), along with the rest of their group may have finally found some relief thanks to Janson, played by Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones-TV, Blitz), the man in charge of the security complex where they have been ensconced for their protection. It was almost too good to be true. The 2nd installment of the science fiction series had more action than the first one. The multiple chase scenes were somewhat exciting but I did grow tired after so many of them. I wanted more scenes with Patricia Clarkson (Learning to Drive, Friends with Benefits) as Ava Paige and Aiden Gillen because not only were they a good choice for their characters, they could easily handle the acting requirements since they are so seasoned. If you did not see the first film this one would be a bit confusing to you; I saw it and I still felt lost a couple of times. The script was the culprit because there was essentially no time for character development since the action was ramped up so much. I did not feel connected to this picture and wondered how closely it followed the book. It makes me wonder how much one can believe in the marketing campaign for this film.

 

2 1/4 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 30, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. It deviated quite a bit from the book which is causing a huff among fans of the series. I’m surprised how many people didn’t read the series but still noticed that, good eye!

    • Thank you so much for telling me; I feel better about sharing my views on this film now. Do you plan on still seeing this film? If so, please let me know what you thought of it compared to the book.

  2. I did see it, the book is better. I agree that they chased us to death, after awhile I stopped realizing they were even running. I think the confusing part is the first movie was a fair representation of the book and this one veered so far from them that the story line got skewed. When I walked out with friends and they asked me to explain stuff I told them “sorry not from the book” at least 5 times. I’ll see The Death Cure though, just to see how they pull it together.

    • Wow, it really sounds like this movie is a drastic change from the book. When I get the time I will have to read the books. Thank you so much for the feedback, I appreciate it.

  3. My kids enjoyed the first movie (none of us have read the books) so I’m sure we will see this too – maybe even this weekend since we have a birthday kid. I enjoyed the first movie far more than I expected I would. Maybe it helps that I haven’t read the books.

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