Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review | The Reel Roundup

TRR: Based on the novel by author James Dashner, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials finds central protagonist Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his friends (Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Dexter Darden) free of the labyrinthian prison they struggled to escape from in the first Maze Runner film and brought to an industrial compound run by a man named Janson (Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen), who promises to keep them safe from the World Catastrophe Killzone Department, aka WCKD. Things are not always as they seem, however, and soon Thomas and his compatriots are on the run again, relentlessly hunted by squads of WCKD soldiers and forced to fend off attacks from hordes of feral, zombie-like creatures called Cranks. Essentially cobbled together from bits and pieces of other films like I Am Legend, 28 Weeks Later and The Hunger Games, The Scorch Trials spends much of its running time reenacting familiar scenarios and dishing out pseudo-important revelations. As a result, some viewers may be led to wonder... Is this really what we escaped the maze for?

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