26 February 2018

The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials 2015
  • Director: Wes Ball
  • Based on the novel by James Dashner
  • Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Li, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Roza Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Lily Taylor
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Dylan O’Brien and the other kids – The Maze Runner
    • Thomas Brodie Sangster – Star Wars, Wolf Hall, Doctor Who, Nanny McPhee, Love Actually
    • Kaya Scodelario – Wuthering Heights, Moon
    • Patricia Clarkson – The Maze Runner, Shutter Island, Elegy, Lars and the Real Girl, Good Night and Good Luck, Six Feet Under, Dogville, Station Agent, Far from Heaven, The Pledge, The Green Mile, The Old Man and the Sea
    • Giancarlo Esposito – Rabbit Hole, Sherrybaby, Derailed, Homicide Life on the Street, The Usual Suspects
    • Aiden Gillen – The Dark Knight Rises, The Wire, Some Mother’s Son, Circle of Friends
    • Lily Taylor – Six Feet Under, High Fidelity, A Slipping Down Life, The X Files, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Addiction, Born on the Fourth of July
  • Why? Follow up to The Maze Runner
  • Seen: 24 February 2018

             The Maze Runner was better than expected. I’m doubting that this one will be but we have it, so we’ll give it a try.
       The kids who survived the Maze to discover that they are immune to the virus that has killed nearly everyone and that they are a part of WICKED’s experiment to find a cure are rescued by enemies of WICKED but it is soon clear that these are bad guys in cahoots with WICKED so the kids are still in danger. Whew. If that was a long sentence, just imagine the long opening scenes of the film, followed by a long and dramatic and only slightly believable escape after which they are out of the frying pan into the fire. Ha ha. The Scorch Trials. Get it?
       They flee through a bombed out burnt out city, onto a desert, into the mountains. There is an awful lot of running. Not a lot else actually, except for the yucky zombie creatures called Cranks. Until they meet up with good guys Brenda and Jorge. Or are they bad guys too?
       There was something believable and moving about The Maze Runner. This one lacks credibility, coherence and characters to care about. It has its moments of excitement but as a whole it has little to offer and the moral point they’re trying to make of good turned evil is murky at best.

2- * of 5

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