(Note: I haven't read the book yet. So keep in mind that I have no idea if they screwed up Percy Jackson level)
A couple of days ago I went to the movie theater to watch the second movie of the Maze Runner trilogy. I didn't know what to expect, as the second movie of the series I was really afraid I'd be disappointed. Even though I know the first movie had some discrepancies from the book, I liked it and I was rooting for this new movie to be a huge sucess. I have to say, it didn't disappoint me.
In case you don't know the story, I will try to summarise it: The plot of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials starts immediatly after the Gladers escaped the Maze. The movie starts with them being allegedly safe, but we don't have to be very smart to know that it isn't going to last. They end up facing even more dangers than before, trying to survive in a desert landscape - the Scorch - filled with inumerous perils and dangerous obstacles, just to have a chance of defeating W.C.K.D.
Firstly, I have to say: What an acting improvement! Dylan O'Brien was already one of my favourite actors of the moment, but in this movie everyone stepped up their games, I was really impressed! Giancarlo Esposito was a really great addition to the cast, as well as Rosa Salazar. Also, the crew did a good job with the landscapes, I just found it a little bit hard to get a sense of geography of the places where the story developed because the changes seemed so sudden.
Now about the story-line. Overall it was nice, the movie kept me entertained and had loads of action, which always helps, with lots of twists and turns. It had a little terror touch now and then, with the people infected by the flare (Cranks), a disease that makes them look zombiesque (I may have jumped of my chair sometimes). I didn't even get that filler-feeling that is so frequent in sequels, partly because the movie had so much action, but also because I understood its importance on character developments, such as Teresa's.
Other thing I thought really contributed to the connection between the viewers and the characters was the cursing. Although it can create a problem with the younger viewers, the curse words said by the characters really helped me empathising with them because it's easier to feel their fear and their contempt. The movie really advocates for bravery, seeing these teenagers face so many dangers in order to defend what they think it's right.
Dystopia is trending right now with huge franchises such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. However, I think it's safe to say that The Maze Runner also deserves to be watched and talked about.