On Bluray from director Wes Ball and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes life after the maze with James Dashner’s best selling book series “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.”
Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) has escaped the maze along with Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden), and Winston (Alexander Flores). Taken in by Janson (Aidan Gillen) Thomas knows early that something isn’t right no matter how well they are being treated.
That’s when Aris (Jacob Lofland) enlists Thomas’ help to discover what Janson is up to. They learn that Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) is using the teens to find a cure for a rampant disease. Not wanting to stay around to see what will happen next, Thomas gathers the group and they make a break.
Now they are on the wasteland of the Scorch looking for the WCKD. Coming to a group of buildings they meet Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) and Brenda (Rosa Salazar) who can lead them to Vince (Barry Pepper) and Mary (Lili Taylor). Thomas and his friends finally discover what has been hidden from them.
Who they can trust has become more crucial than ever!
O’Brien as Thomas brings his character up in the second installment of the series. Knowing there is more to his memory, he is trying to keep his group safe — but from what? This young actor has a lot of film weight on his young shoulders and he doesn’t disappoint. Now that we know the what and the why, all that’s left is who Thomas really is and how he fits into all this. I think O’Brien is definitely up for the challenge!
Lee as Minho is a strong character that believes in Thomas following him without hesitation, that’s a good friend. Sangster as Newt is a yin-yang type of character in that in one moment he believes in Thomas and then turns around filled with doubt questioning everything.
Along with Darden as Frypan and Flores as Winston, the group is well rounded out with young men who want answers. The interesting person in the group is Teresa who drops hints at Thomas without ever really saying what needs to be said.
Gillen as Janson welcomes the group with open arms but, as Gillen tends to portray, there is a friendliness that just rubs Thomas the wrong way. Working with Clarkson as Paige, these two are focused on one thing — doing what ever it takes to find a cure — and they don’t care who they use in the process.
Salazar as Brenda stands out in the film. She keeps her eye on everyone and makes it her business to know how to escape a tight situation. When she is attacked by the infected, it doesn’t stop her from wanting to help Thomas. Esposito as Jorge wants to break away from his situation and joins the young group in looking for the WCKD.
Pepper as Vince is responsible for the group of young people and wants to get them to the safe zone. It is Taylor as Mary who has the medical knowledge that Paige wants to squash!
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. The series continues with its twists and turns even as secrets are revealed. It is layer upon layer of story telling that is well done and brought to the screen with action and continued adventure.
The set design and costuming bring so much to the film. If you are going to have “Scorch” in the title you better make sure the surroundings reflect that — and it certainly does.
Also, the cast brings the characters literally from book to screen. O’Brien has shown such strength in his character and no matter what is to come next, I know this young man will carry it through. I can’t wait to see Thomas lead his group to their next challenge of not only rescuing friends, but freeing those being held against their will.
This is the ultimate Bluray fan edition with two hours of extras and a 24-page collectible printed prequel comic book and all of it makes a fantastic holiday gift! The special features include Janson’s Report, Secrets of the Scorch with The Second Chapter Begins…, Creating a Scorched Earth, New Friends and Enemies, Surviving the Scorch, Creating the Cranks, On the Edge: Constructing the Skyscraper Sequence, Visual Effects Breakdowns, and Visual Effects Reel.
But that’s not all! There are Deleted and Extended Scenes with Audio Commentary from Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, Joe Hartwick Jr., and Dan Zimmerman with Food Fight, Storage Depot Walk — Meet Janson, Bunker Escape — Minho Knows the Way, Mall Walk — Escalators, Mall Attack — Goodbye Jack, Scorch Travel — Teresa on Bridge, Scorch Travel — Helping Winston, Newt & Thomas at Campfire, Extended Jorge Lair Walk, Crack Attack WCKD Soldiers, Extended Zipline, Jorge Lair — Brenda Fires Back, Extended Tunnel Walk, and Extended Crankland WCKD Arrives along with Gag Reel and Galleries.
This truly is an amazing Bluray to own and with Christmas right around the corner, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” would be amazing to put in anyone’s stocking from Santa!
In the end — the maze was just the beginning!