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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin Maio Mackay

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials - 2 Stars

This movie goes nowhere slowly, very, very slowly.

I didn’t mind the first installment of this franchise – for a young adult novel it was different. It didn’t involve a post-apocalyptic dystopia run by an evil government that only our hero could overthrow. The first installment was just a sci-fi film for teenagers. Much to my disappointment this movie introduced a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world and a large cooperation that only our hero could overthrow….I think I’ve seen this story somewhere before…That’s right every young adult orientated film EVER.

The one thing this movie did surprise me with was essentially twenty minutes in it introduced a rather scary, horror movie feel (zombies included). While I didn’t see it coming it soon became boring. This film suffers greatly from being the middle piece in the trilogy; the film company is just filling time with a story that doesn’t advance anywhere – while making lots of money. There is literally to major character or plot development for the franchise.

The cast was OK, the worst part for me was Aidan Gillen. Gillen is a wonderful Irish actor, best known to Game of Thrones audiences. However, for the first ten minutes Gillian attempted an American accent, but kept falling back into his natural accent. After those ten minutes he completely gave up on the American accent and stuck with Irish. How was this not fixed, did seriously no-one notice???

Overall this placeholder movie is at least 40 minutes too long and doesn’t advance the franchise story any further. I will not be running to the next installment.

2 Stars

Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay

Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas

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