by Jenny Wang
The last scene of “The Maze Runner” left us all bewildered, confused, and most of all, excited for the latest movie in the series, “The Scorch Trials,” which came out last month. This new movie is based on the second installment of the “Maze Runner” book series written by New York Times bestseller, James Dashner.
If you thought the first movie was good, the second is even better. In fact, “The Scorch Trials” earned an 7.0 on IMDb, a sizable improvement from the 6.8 that the first movie scored. Once Thomas and the Gladers escape the maze, they face new challenges while fighting WCKD, including a worldwide epidemic, false allies, and betrayal from within the group. Thomas also becomes a more fleshed-out character as his backstory is revealed.
Many LCHS students also agree that the second Maze Runner movie is superior to the first.
Freshman Kristy Kim said, “Although the movies lasted longer than two hours, I still could not get enough of Dylan O’Brien even after the movie ended.”
“The Scorch Trials” featured many more action scenes than “The Maze Runner,” putting the audience into a two hour trance, and leaving them hungry for more, especially after the numerous plot twists.
It seems like cliffhanger endings have become a theme in these Maze Runner movies. Freshman Stacey Kim exclaimed, “The ending was great, but it made me so mad since I have to wait for another year or so for the third movie to come out!”
Hopefully, director Wes Ball continues to reel out movie renditions of “The Maze Runner” book series. I know I will be excited to continue watching them.
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