I am a die-hard sci-fi/ fantasy/ alternate reality kind of movies fan. I am also a huge fan of movies that are originally based on a book, because usually means the story line is brilliant. This is why it is no surprise that a lot of the big franchise movies recently have been a combination of both, such as The Hunger Games Trilogy, Divergent, and now Maze Runner.
After watching the first one I was hooked, and literally biting my fingernails, waiting expectantly, for the second one to come out. The movie, in my opinion, is not only brilliant but captivating with the unexpected story line. You literally don’t know what is going to happen.
Scorch Trials is the second movie in the Maze Runner trilogy. It starts off where the last one ended which to one who hasn’t watched it in a while can be kind of confusing. Thomas and his friends from the glades in the first Maze Runner after being transported from what they thought were the WCKD headquarters to a remote post outlet where they realize they weren’t the only maze and meet other young people their ages who have been rescued, kept at the post, and given hope of being transported to another ‘better place.’
Thomas automatically smells something fishy going on at the post and after a bit of investigation discovers a diabolical plot that threatens the lives of him and all his friends. This leads to an escape and countless different obstacles to run away from. The virus that was slightly mentioned in the First Maze Runner shows itself now as more prominent. The people affected resemble zombies and remind me remarkably of the Walking Dead.
Watching the movie in 3D is literally a roller coaster of being held at the edge of your seat continuously. I am the type of person who gets and involved and reacts to movies, so there were literally certain points I screamed out loud because I didn’t expect a scare that suddenly appeared. I probably slightly agitated the other people watching, but my guess is they were just as freaked out at a few different points with realistic, zombie like creatures. Plus when the movie is in 3D what do you expect?
The biggest negative I could tell would be the withholding of information from the viewers maybe in attempt to build suspense but instead resulting in not being sure what is going on in some parts. The other annoying aspect is the cliffhanger ending, though this almost always seems to be the case with trilogies, it can be frustrating knowing you have to wait a whole other year to find out what happens next, and by that time you probably will have moved on with life and won’t remember the previous ending clearly. Because of this I am thinking about just buying the books as well and reading them all just to satisfy my curiosity. Generally though, for any sci-fi, doomsday movie lover this is a great watch with action filled terror scenes and escapes. It gets your heart rate up and is definitely a fun watch.
Rating: PG-13 (for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language) Genre: Action & Adventure Directed By: Wes Ball Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster Written By: James Dashner, T.S. Nowlin Runtime: 2 hr. 9 min.
20th Century Fox
The Maze Runner; Scorch Trials is showing at Planet Media Cinemas at Westgate, Prestige and Kisumu. Nakumatt Prestige Plaza offers crazy amazing deals. You can watch the movies for as low as Ksh. 300 every morning Monday to Thursday. Every Tuesday you can watch it for Ksh. 300 for 2D and Ksh. 400 for 3D. On Wednesday couples can watch movies at Ksh. 400 per couple 2D or Ksh. 500 per couple for a 4D movie (strictly for couples). For Monday madness get your ticket + soda or water + Popcorn+ Hotdog or KitKat for only Ksh. 600 only.
Watch The Maze Runner; Scorch Trials at the Planet Media at Prestige Plaza Ngong road. We are giving away two tickets to watch this movie at Prestige Plaza and another two tickets to watch it at Planet media Kisumu. All you have to do is mention why you want to watch The Maze Runner; Scorch Trials in the comments section.
I will be giving out the tickets on Tuesday morning. PS. The Movie can only be watched from Friday the 25th.
Shingai is an upcoming writer with a passion for words and expression through writing. She lived in Zimbabwe as a child and has traveled to over ten countries. She craves adventure and hopes to be an inspirational writer. She is currently pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in Psychology at Daystar University.