Saturday, May 6, 2017

Movie Review: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

Movie: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

Director: Wes Ball

Writer: T.S. Nowlin (screenplay) & James Dashner (novel)

Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Barry Pepper, Aidan Gillen, Lili Taylor, Rosa Salazar, & Ki Hong Lee

One-Line Plot Synopsis: After escaping the Maze, the kid runners must now make it through a dangerous desert filled with a whole new set of threats.

One weird thing about me, and I'm sure there are many, is that if I start a series or franchise, even if I dislike it, I feel some odd compulsion to finish it no matter what.  Unfortunately for me, it looks like they're going to keep churning out movies in this Maze Runner series.  The first movie was basically a poor man's Divergent, which is already a poor man's Hunger Games.  So, we're almost dirt poor when we get to the Maze Runner.  

Also, maybe this is just me, but The Scorch Trials is a pretty damn terrible name for a movie. Also, there weren't any Trials actually in the movie, so it must just be the name of the book...and no, I don't feel like looking up if that's true or not.

I'm pretty sure that Aidan Gillen can only play schemers and villains.  There something about his voice and mannerisms that just makes you not trust him no matter what kind of character he is playing.  Even when he played Tommy Carcetti in The Wire, there was something about him that you knew was kind of slimy and untrustworthy.

That's also what makes him perfect at playing Littlefinger in Game of Thrones.  It perfectly fits how you're supposed to feel about his character.  Gillen plays the villain in this movie but there's not really much depth going on with his character, plus the zombies, or whatever they actually are, provide much more scare than Gillen's character does.  His voice is that perfect blend of threatening and menacing though, so I'll give him that.

The action scenes in this movie were subpar.  Whenever the main character (Thomas) is running away from the zombies, he is always doing a half run and half look behind him thing that makes him basically jog the entire time.  It's incredibly annoying and frustrating once you realize it's happening because it then becomes the only thing that you notice...and basically 80% of the movie is the kids running, so that kinda stinks.  I don't know if he was in front a green screen a lot of the time so he kind of had to run in place or not but it looks ridiculous.  

Rating: 4/10

P.S. It's always nice to see Barry Pepper but he's better than this.