Reviewed by: Pamela Gardner
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|Featuring:||Dylan O'Brien … Thomas
Kaya Scodelario … Teresa
Thomas Brodie-Sangster … Newt
Nathalie Emmanuel … Harriet
Aidan Gillen … Janson
Katherine McNamara … Sonya
Patricia Clarkson … Ava Paige
Giancarlo Esposito … Jorge
Ki Hong Lee … Minho
Barry Pepper … Vince
Lili Taylor … Mary Cooper
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|Director:||Wes Ball—“The Maze Runner” (2014)|
Temple Hill Entertainment
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
It’s time now to begin Phase 2.
Prequel: “The Maze Runner” (2014)
“The Scorch Trails” starts up right where we left off it the first film “The Maze Runner.” Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow teammates are taken to a safe bunker where they are given shelter, food and an escape from the Maze. They learn that they were not in the only Maze, and there are many other similar survivors. They trade stories and speak of hope of a safe haven, where those who are in charge of the bunker promise to take them, a few at a time.
Almost immediately, Thomas has an unsettling feeling about his new surroundings. He soon finds confirmation of a possible rebellion and decides to inform his friends, and they devise an escape. They escape into the Scorch, a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where a zombie-style illness is widespread, and the infected roam the land. Thomas and his crew journey to find the rebellion… and answers.
This is a tension-filled intro to the sequel. Let’s start with the acting. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and Ki Hong Lee are stand outs in a well constructed cast. I have not read the books, but the story is truly eye-catching and told very well, and it’s easy to follow and understand, if you watched the first film. The cinematography is appealing and believable.
Now to the objectionable content, the violence is intense, but not gratuitous. However, the language is much worse in this film. I counted 15+ sh**, hell (5), damn (4), SOB (2), and a several profanities, which are beyond unnecessary—Jesus (3), God (2), My G*d (1), Oh my G*d (1).
As for a biblical perspective, there is a lot about standing up against a tyrannical establishment. Plus, a resounding theme of hope. In these uncertain times, we must remember where our hope lives. Jesus is our hope, as Romans 12:12 says,
I personally liked the sequel, minus the swearing and other objectionables, I mentioned above. This film served as a a great sequel and good prequel to the next film “Death Cure.”
Violence: Heavy to extreme / Profanity: Moderate to heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild—male showering (head and shoulders), passionate kiss, women who may be prostitutes
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.