Reel Simple: Maze Runner–Scorch Trials


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The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials hit theaters on Friday, September 18. Get your tickets now and witness the scorch for yourselves.

Whose side are you on? The new Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials trailer is here.

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By Alyssa Urayanza, feature editor

If you thought that The Maze Runner, starring Dylan O’Brien, was amazing, then Maze Runner: Scorch Trials will be your ray of sunshine on a rainy day. Mostly because it stars Dylan O’Brien, and for a whole two hours and eleven minutes.

The first movie, The Maze Runner, left the audience applauding and wanting more; however it also left them with many, many unanswered questions. Questions like Why are they in the maze? Who is W.C.K.D.? Why was Teresa the last one and the only girl?  Things like this that would have really made the story easier to follow.

Although Scorch Trials provided answers to most of our questions, there were some crucial points that were never really clarified and even more questions that needed answers.

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SPOILER ALERT: Major plot points will be revealed after this point. Stop reading if you don’t want to know.

At the end of The Maze Runner, Thomas and his friends escape the maze and get taken away in helicopters. The beginning of the Scorch Trials shows them arriving at some base in the middle of the desert  and getting chased…by zombies. Yup, that’s right, zombies.

I swear almost every other movie made nowadays is about zombies. I mean, I really like zombie movies, it’s just that I thought that Maze Runner was going to have some crazy, mind-blowing plot twist as to why they were in the maze.

But nope, just turned out to be another post-apocalyptic movie featuring a group of survivors who are humanity’s last hope, and yet another major corporation who is made out to be evil because they threaten the protagonist and his friends while claiming to have humanity’s best interest at heart, which is all designed to leave you wondering if they are really so bad after all.

Shortly after arriving, Thomas gets the feeling that something isn’t right. Since he is the protagonist, of course he has that sixth sense thing that tells him when something’s up.

Thomas decides to leave and find a group known as the Right Arm; then, the real fun starts, and just when you think everything is going to somehow turn out okay, here comes a twist.

As for what happened and who was taken captive by W.C.K.D., I’ll let you watch the movie to find out. It ended with yet another cliffhanger that was almost as confusing as the first one.

Although I said it answered most of the questions left by the first movie, there were still some vital points that are left unresolved. For example, What were Thomas and Teresa’s roles with W.C.K.D.? What exactly did Thomas do to end up in the maze? And why did Teresa follow suit? What happened that led up to them being put into the maze way back in the first movie?

For the answers to those questions, I guess we’ll all have to wait for the third movie, which I’m guessing is The Death Cure since that’s the next book in the series.

Overall, I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because, well, it has Dylan O’Brien in it. To find out more about The Maze Runner series, you can visit the official site here.