The scorch trials film review

UK release date: 10/9/15

Runtime: 131 minutes

Directed by: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Giancarlo Esposito, Alexander Flores, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Jacob Lofland, Barry Pepper, Rosa Salazar, Lili Taylor, Alan Tudyk, Patricia Clarkson

The people who made this have obviously played the game The last of us. A lot of the elements were very similar to the game… or it could be a massive coincidence, what do I know?

The film is nothing like the book. Oh, they’re bits and pieces of it squeezed into, but from the start they flung the book into the bin and set it on fire.

One of the basic, and most important parts of the book, is non-existent and that is the variables. (For those who have read the book you’ll understand and I shall say no more.)

So, doesn’t follow the book a teeny tiny bit, but is it a good film?

The mystery and paranoia is prevalent through the film. Some of the scenes were stunning and the visual effects used were impressive.

The action was great, exciting and fast paced, but there wasn’t much story. Ironically, considering it isn’t based on the book, it relies heavily on your book knowledge to fill in the gaps of the overall story.

Despite some of the dangers, I felt emotionally detached to the characters, what happened to them and their plight. It did make me jump once though.

Thomas, himself, had the limelight solidly on him and seemed to be the hero of every moment. This devalued the other characters and left them in the background, unloved.

To those who love the book and/or get irritated when the film isn’t the same, you won’t like this.

To sum up, boring characters, visually stunning scenes, fast action, no story

Was it worth the watch? Yes, but not in the cinemas.

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 2/6

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