This week I was invited to an early screening in Time Square for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (opening in theaters this weekend!). I showed up a little early to the theater to make sure I got good seats and noticed a huge crowd outside and teens screaming - totally unaware that the NYC red carpet premiere was happening at the theater too!!
Note: I was invited as media to the screening. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
Written by Christina Chin, who's hip, fashionable and located in New York City.
Although I wasn't invited to the red carpet premiere screening, that didn't stop me from celeb sighting and checking out the scene before the movie! I even managed to get a celeb pic with my current Asian teen crush (he's actually 28 but looks 15! haha) Ki Hong Lee, who plays Minho in both Maze Runner movies.
I also caught peeks at
James Dashner arriving, Author of the Maze Runner series
Dexter Darden (FryPan), Ki Hong Lee (Minho) and Alex Flores (Winston) hamming it up for the selfie pic
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Movie Review
Given I've never read the YA series before and I had surprisingly enjoyed the first film (I had low expectations going in), I was looking forward to the sequel and have to say it pretty much met my expectations. It's an entertaining popcorn flick that isn't going to blow your mind with intricate storyline or deep character development, but it constantly moves with non-stop action.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials starts off right from where the first film ends with Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and the remaining "Gladers" being rescued by an operative named Janson who says he's from a rival organization and will protect them from WCKD, the evil company that put Thomas & Co into the maze. Of course, all is not as it seems and soon Thomas and his weary band of brothers (and one 'sister') find themselves on the run in 'the scorch' a desert wasteland, encountering one crazy situation after another as they seek a mythical resistance group call the Right Hand that may or may not offer sanctuary.
And boy, do they do A LOT of running in this movie. Most of the action sequences involves the group running from different hostiles - WCKD men bent on capturing them, Cranks - a population of people that are not immune to 'the flare', a deadly infection that turns people into viciously fast zombies, and gang lords who see an opportunity to profit off the Gladers by selling them back to WCKD.
There were some definite horror moments throughout the movie that made me jump or cover my eyes (I'm admittedly a scaredy cat) as well as a surprise twist at the end that leaves you hanging for the final installment (supposedly coming out in 2017).
I'm not sure how true this film is to the novel but it's a solid action packed middle movie that's pretty straightforward in storyline. However, I suggest watching the first film before The Scorch Trials, otherwise you may feel out of the loop as sequel doesn't recap or explain who anyone is or any of the vernacular.
My last suggestion is for anyone who is highly motion sensitive like myself - you may start feeling the shaky-cam frenetic cuts in the movie like I did.
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, and Patricia Clarkson
Director: Wes Ball
Screenplay by: T.S. Nowlin, based upon the novel “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner
Producers: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman, Joe Hartwick, Jr
Running Time: 131 minutes
To learn more about Maze Runner, visit - www.mazerunnermovies.com