Dylan O'Brien in a scene from the movie Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Supplied by Fox Australia. Please credit photo to Richard Foreman Jr.
Dylan O'Brien in a scene from the movie Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Supplied by Fox Australia. Please credit photo to Richard Foreman Jr. Richard Foreman, Jr. SMPSP

Maze sequel gets confusing

LAST year’s first Maze Runner film was a solid entry into the ever-growing young-adult, dystopian sci-fi genre popularised by The Hunger Games.

The film followed a group of teenage boys, and one girl, who mysteriously find themselves in a large stone maze.

Their memories wiped by a mysterious company called WCKD, they band together for survival and some, eventually, escape.

Its sequel, The Scorch Trials, is darker, more grown up and more confusing.

Leading man Dylan O’Brien is just as charismatic as Thomas the second time around, when Scorch Trials picks up immediately after the final events of the first film.

Thomas and his fellow maze survivors appear to have been rescued by a rogue group who claim to be saving them from WCKD.

But just as things weren’t what they appeared to be in the maze, Thomas soon cottons on to the group’s ulterior motives.

Fans do get to learn more about the events which have devastated the planet and WCKD itself, as well as Thomas and Teresa’s (Kaya Scodelario) mysterious past.

Games of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen is excellent as the shadowy character Janson and a new crop of talented young actors join the fray as the survivors of WCKD’s other mazes.

Unfortunately Scorch Trials gets quite confusing as Thomas and his closest friends search for a group of resistance fighters.



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