Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

USA| September 2015| 132 min| English
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
Genre Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Color Color
Certification USA:PG-13 , UK:12A , India:UA , Germany:16 , Singapore:PG , France:U
Locations New Mexico, USA
Director Wes Ball
Lead Cast Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar
Watch Trailer of MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS (2015)
The maze was just the beginning
Plot Summary
This teen-oriented dystopian saga is the sequel to the 2014 film The Maze Runner (2014), which showcased how Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers escaped the Maze. The sequel unfolds how, after being rescued from the Maze, Thomas and the remaining Gladers - Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa Agnes (Kaya Scodelario), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) face their greatest challenge ever - searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. They set out on a mission, which takes them to Scorch, a desolate place full off ineffable and perilous obstacles. To achieve the Herculean task of fighting back WCKD's powerful forces, the Gladers team up with other resistance fighters, and embark on a journey filled with love, deceit and death.
Third installment of the franchise - The Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2017) has already been announced and is now in pre-production stage. It's set for a 2017 release.

The film is based on the book "The Scorch Trials" by James Dashner.

The film diverts from the original story in many aspects. Director Wes Ball stated that the movie would diverge from the book, but would get back on track for the third installment.

Australian actress Adelaide Kane was the initial choice to play the role of Brenda but she couldn't sign the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Thomas-Brodie Sangster, Aiden Gillen, and Nathalie Emmanuel previously worked together in Game of Thrones (2011).

Patricia Clarkson and Lili Taylor previously worked together in Six Feet Under (2001).

Both director Wes Ball and screenwriter T S Nowlin were attached to the first installment.

The cast and crew of the film were criticised after apparently stealing artefacts from Native American burial site. Over 30,000 people were said to have signed a petition demanding apologies from the unit for removing objects during filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The lead actor of the film, Dylan O'Brien, admitted in an interview on Live with Kelly and Michael that the members of the cast and crew removed artifacts belonging to the Pueblo people, despite being told not to.
Dylan O'Brien Thomas
Thomas Brodie-Sangster Newt
Ki Hong Lee Minho
Kaya Scodelario Teresa Agnes
Rosa Salazar Brenda
Jacob Lofland Aris Jones
Giancarlo Esposito Jorge
Aidan Gillen Janson
Dexter Darden Frypan
Alexander Flores Winston
Barry Pepper Vince
Lili Taylor Mary Cooper
Patricia Clarkson Ava Paige
Alan Tudyk Marcus
Nathalie Emmanuel Harriet
Katherine McNamara Sonya
Terry Dale Parks Carl
Kathryn Smith-McGlynn Dr Crawford
J Nathan Simmons Ash Mob Evacuee
Matthew T Metzler Barkley
Jenny Gabrielle Ponytail
David House Soldier
Lora Martinez-Cunningham Thomas' Mother
Luke Gallegos Young Thomas
Shawn Prince David
Jeremy Becerra Riley
Matthew Page Harold
Alex Knight Aide
Marc Comstock Med Tech
Brandon K Hampton Surveillance Room Attendant
John Trejo M3 Soldier
Tatanka Means Joe
Ryan Jason Cook Nurse
James Burnett Rebel Sentry
Morse Bicknell Doctor
Brian Barela Bunker Soldier
Derek Blakeney Scavanger
Carma Harvey Scavenger
Keith Jardine Scavenger Guard
Diego Romero Scavenger Guard
Anouvat Bon Boulom Glader
Gary Hood Glader
Tom Vodnik Glader
Laramie Cooley Abigail
Jetto Dorsainville WCKD Soldier
Jess King WCKD Soldier
Bryce Romero Jack
Phil Sperandeo WCKD Soldier
Director Wes Ball
Producer Marty Bowen
Eddie Gamarra
Wyck Godfrey
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Joe Hartwick Jr
Lee Stollman
Executive Producer Lindsay Williams
Writer James Dashner(story)
T S Nowlin(screenplay)
Music Composer John Paesano
Cinematographer Gyula Pados
Action Director George Cottle
Isaac Hamon
Film Editor Dan Zimmerman
Casting Director Denise Chamian
Production Designer Daniel T Dorrance
Art Director Andrew Max Cahn
Billy W Ray
Costume Designer Sanja Milkovic Hays
Production Companies Gotham Group
TSG Entertainment
Temple Hill Entertainment
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Song # 1Walkin' After Midnight
Written byAlan W Block,   Don Hecht
Composed byAlan W Block
Performed byPatsy Cline
Song # 2Crash
Written byAnthony Loomis
Performed byAnthony Loomis
Song # 3One Way
Written byDaniel Heath,   Philip Borhurst
Performed byDaniel Heath
Song # 4As The Rush Comes
Written byJosh Gabriel,   David Dresden,   Jes Brieden
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Reviews on external websites
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The Guardian|Review by Mark Kermode
Like the second instalment of Divergent – the cast of which you fully expect to meet coming the other way over the brow of the dystopian YA hill - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials steps up the spectacle, replacing the enclosed mysteries of the first film with apocalyptic vistas and toppling cities through which our former Gladers must battle.
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The telegraph|Review by Tim Robey
It’s possible both to begin and end The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials not really knowing what in holy hell a Scorch Trial is. Would you need a new suit?
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Den of Geek|Review by Den of Geek Team
If there’s one thing to be happy about regarding The Maze Runner’s sequel, The Scorch Trials, it’s that the filmmaking powers-that-be pretty much literally lightened things up. One of our problems with the first film was it was sometimes hard to see what was going on. Our recommendation? That for the sequel the cast carry some torches.
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2|Review by “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” is larger than its predecessor, last year’s “The Maze Runner,” in every way: in its cast, scope, set pieces and (unfortunately) length. But “more” also means more convoluted.
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1.5|Review by Joshua Mitchell
Scorch Trials is largely a chore to watch. It remains as tepid and incomprehensible as the first film, lacking the acting power or writing muscle to elevate its well-worn story.
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2|Review by Zack Heisey
The Scorch Trials is absolutely not a repeat of the first film, a refreshing change of pace from copy-and-paste sequels that we’ve all grown so tired of. However, the novelty of the first film was that the maze was a character of its own.
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