I didn’t expect too much from this sequel however, I was pleasantly surprised. Writer Jim Dashner has a fantastic imagination and is a great story teller. It can’t be easy to keep an audience entertained these days. Between the special effects, plots, interest and relevance, critics can be hard on a film. In this second sequel, I loved the additional cast and the continual story. We were not spared any emotions and all ends were neatly tied.
We find the Maze crew now outside the maze ready to find out the truth about the world as they knew it. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the remaining crew; Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa Agnes (Kaya Scodelario), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) – are taken to a facility run by Mr. Janson (Aidan Gillen). There he explains the facility is a safe haven, protecting them from WCKD, the Flare virus and the Cranks, and provides them clothes, food, and sanitation, where there are other survivors from many other mazes present. It doesn’t take long before Thomas becomes curious about their activities and manages to find out what is really happening at the facility. With help from Aris Jones (Jacob Lofland), the first maze survivor to end up in the facility, they learn the WCKD’s leader, Ava, is still alive and that Mr. Janson is working for WCKD and experiments are being conducted on the Immunes and that WCKD is looking for “The Right Arm”, a resistance group located at the mountains. The group, including Aris, escapes the facility, as Janson orders his WCKD army to track them down, where they find themselves in the deserted outside world known as “The Scorch”.
The Journey becomes full of surprise as Thomas and the crew encounter all the elements they were warned about, including the Crank people who are victims of the Flare virus. Scorch Trials has lots of content, characters, twist and stories to keep you interested. Since Maze Runner is a trilogy, we can look forward to the third installment of this series in 2016 — I for one can’t wait!