‘Maze Runner’ falls short

By Julianne Obregon

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” fails to reach it’s full potential with an unsatisfactory storyline.

Though the cast played their roles exceptionally, the storyline left the audience feeling slightly confused.

Even if the audience has never read the books and has seen the first film, this movie will leave them feeling as if something is missing.

In the film, Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, and his fellow Gladers believe that they have escaped the Maze and are now free of WCKD, the World In Catastrophe Killzone Experiment Department.

But soon they realize that the haven they thought they found may not be everything they hoped it to be.

After seeing the film, audience members that have read the books will be quite disappointed.

“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” along with the first film, deviates from the book considerably which likely left fans and potential fans disappointed.

According to the book, one night after the Gladers escaped the Maze Teresa called out to Thomas telepathically in fear and the next morning, dead bodies of their rescuers were discovered.

 This event did not take place in the film and if the director had chosen to follow the book more closely, the story could have been more interesting and less confusing.

In the first book, Thomas and Teresa, played by Kaya Scodelario, have the ability to communicate telepathically and Thomas discovers that the reason that the walls are moving is  because it is spelling out a code.

The ability Thomas and Teresa have wasn’t introduced in the first film, nor was it in the second.

Despite the changes to the storyline, the cast did an excellent job fulfilling their roles.

O’Brien, known for TV series “Teen Wolf,” once again displayed the strength and the courage that Thomas is to the other characters.

His character always searches for the truth to protect his friends, even if it means he must do it alone.

Aris Jones, played by Jacob Lofland, is a quiet character that Thomas and the other Gladers meet after they escaped the Maze.

He helps Thomas discover the secrets in the haven they have been brought to.

Lofland, known for “Mud” and TV series “Justified,” may not have had a major role in this film, but his presence didn’t go unnoticed, especially when he displayed a similar need to discover the truth as Thomas.

Unfortunately for the other actors, the storyline made it somewhat difficult for them to reach their full potential.

Their presence wasn’t as evident in this film as it was in the first. The storyline focuses more on Thomas and his need to discover the truth about WCKD.

 This film is rated PG-13 for extended series of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language.


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