If you haven’t read the book and plan to, this is your only warning, turn back now :-). If you’d like to read my review of the movie, part 1, you may do so here.
Title: The Scorch Trials [The Maze Runner #2]
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Writers: After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
When I watched the movie. I thought it was pretty interesting. The teenagers [a.k.a Gladers] arrive at a facility where there are many others just like them who had been “rescued” from other Mazes. Of course, if you watched part one you’d know that the same company who put them in the Maze, W.C.K.D or Wicked, are the same ones rescuing them but they don’t yet know this.
Warning: Some spoilers ahead.
Each day a new group of teenagers are chosen from the rescued population and taken away to start their new lives. Teresa, however, is never put with the general population but has been kept apart. Thomas grows concerned for her and makes a scene trying to get past some guards to see her. The uproar gets him noticed by a guy named Aris, who shows him bodies being carried into a top security room. They devise a plan to escape and from there they must travel through an area called “The Scorch” which is pretty much a desert wasteland that used to be a city, meet new people and make sure that they don’t get recaptured by their “rescuers”.
How it compares to the Novel
Okay so again, my opinion here may be invalid to some extent but I just couldn’t help it. I went ahead and again read a summary of the book.
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I don’t recall them mentioning that Aris’ Maze was all girls and he was the only boy to go there like in the book.
I swear it’s like the movie has nothing other than the beginning in common with the book. According to what I read, and what I believed, The Scorch trial was something that WCKD had convinced The Gladers was necessary to save humanity from a disease that has turned people into zombie like creatures. However in the movie the group escapes their sanctuary and go out into the desert of their own accord. On the way they loose one of their members to a zombie attack and he commits suicide to avoid turning. This does not happen in the book.
Also Teresa leaves with the boys and in the book she is the leader of the group of girls from the other maze who are basically competing against the boys who are lead by Thomas.
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In the end, although I am giving this movie a good review as a standing on it’s own as a movie, I cannot recommend it to the readers. If I had read this book and then watched the movie, I’d be pissed. The changes are worst than the stupid ones made in Insurgent [like making Tris 100% divergent after saying in part one that she only had tendencies from 3 factions – not 5 to make her 100%]. I actually found that I liked the story-line behind the book as opposed to the movie although the movie seemed to have more action. I have no idea where they are going in the next movie but I’ll probably watch it since I didn’t really read the books. I am considering to read the prequel trilogy though because this zombie likeness is pretty interesting. I have a zombie obsession.