If it sounds like there isn't an original thought in The Scorch Trials' scripted head, you're right. But at least you won't be smacking yourself in the head trying to figure out what's going on.
The teen dystopian franchise continues to play rough, and now even rougher, with satisfying results.
With minimal plot development and far too much running around in dark corridors, The Scorch Trials has a poor story:filler ratio. And much of what happens is poorly thought-out.
The sequel is terrible and all my original criticisms for the first film still stand, but at least it's a more entertaining kind of awful.
This story was better off back in the maze.
There's no flare of strangeness or freshness here, just a pile of images and ideas stolen from smarter people's second-hand bin banged into each other for a numbingly dull 132 minutes.
The first "Maze Runner" film was a wilderness saga refitted with robotic monsters. "The Scorch Trials" is a "Mad Max" film on foot.
The many chases and ludicrous narrow escapes offer respectable doses of adrenaline.
Maze Runner's action, suspense and twists give movie fans of all ages a chance to embrace their inner on-the-run teenager.