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Movie Review: MazeRunner – The Scorch Trials

Movie Review: MazeRunner – The Scorch Trials
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Game Name: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Genre(s): Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: September 10, 2015
ESRB Rating: 12A

I never read any of the books, but I quite surprised when I finished watching the original “Maze Runner” movie.  It had a good premise, and a decent story.  The ending of the movie did indeed leaving you wondering what is next.  On September 10th 2015 we got our chance to see for ourselves just what was in store.  My biggest regret prior to watching The Scorch Trials  was not re-watching The Maze Runner to refresh my memory.  If it has been a while since you last saw The MazeRunner I highly recomend watching it again, so that you won’t have to pick your brain when you sit down to watch The Scorch Trials.

The Scorch Trials starts off shortly after the ending of The Maze Runner.  The gang from the glade have escaped from the hands of WCKD (referred to as Wicked in the movie, meaning World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department).  As they learn what is going on with the world, you follow along and learn more backstory about how WCKD came to be, the reasons they were in the glade etc…  I won’t go into to much detail as I don’t want to spoil the movie if you have not already seen it.

The premise of the movie is great.  I enjoyed this movie more than the 2nd installment of the Divergent series (Insurgent).  I was quite surprised at how much darker this movie was, compared to the first one.  If you plan on taking smaller children, be warned – This is not a movie for them (Hence the 12A rating).  We took a 14yr old with us, and it was almost to much for her.  Just saying.

The flow of the movie was excellent.  It kept you interested and the story moved along at a excellent pace.  There was action sequences right away, and they kept coming at a decent pace.  I found that the movie’s ending was right as I expected, and in a good place not to leave it as a cliff-hanger, but you do know there is another movie coming to complete the trilogy.

In the end, I enjoyed The Scorch Trials.  Its a lot darker than the first one, but fits well in the series.  I don’t know how well it follows the books, but it is still a good movie to watch.  Not recommended for children under 12 (if that).  I’m looking forward to the 3rd movie.

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