Monday, September 21, 2015

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Director Wes Bal’s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials suffers some of the sophomore blues of many trilogies, although it does deliver on action.
The problem with Writer T.S. Nowlin’s screenplay is that the film starts out erratically, leaving viewers thinking they may have missed a sequel in between.  It takes several minutes before we are connected to where the initial film left off and can start to relax and enjoy it.   However, viewers, who haven’t seen the initial film will be totally lost.

For the most part, the film is a pleasant respite from the batch of “Based on a true story” films that have been coming out.  It’s a fantasy adventure and takes us to a different, albeit not very pleasant, world.

Not being a reader of James Dasher’s books, it was not until the last 15 minutes, that I realized this was not the end of the story and there would be a Part 3. 

The downside of that is the unconvincing performance of the lead character (Thomas) by Dylan O’Brien.   He makes Thomas seem so clueless that, instead of making me anticipate the next film, I’m disappointed there was no resolution in this one.

I can only give Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials an overall 3 out of 5, when it was headed for higher a higher rating.

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