Okay, I don’t normally review new movies, but this one has to be done.
The books are hard enough to follow, what with the constant flash backs and memory loss. The good thing about reading the books that are made into movies is that you have the background stories to help you understand the characters’ behaviour. Not the case with these movies. Yes, the first one started to get a little of track with their maze, but it seemed as though it would all come back to the same ending. There were a few things left out here and there, but it wasn’t a major loss. This movie completely goes off the rails. Not only does nothing that you’ve wanted to happen, happen, but the “Scorch Trials”? They don’t happen either. Yes, they are in the scorch for a PORTION of the movie, but there is no trial. Where’s the trial!?!?!?!
I have to admit, before there was even talks of this movie, I didn’t know how they would go about it, given that half of the book is just them walking and running out of water, but there is so much that could have been done while keeping the integrity of the books. Your favorite parts of the books that you wait for, forget it. It doesn’t happen.
Wasn’t Thomas supposed to be on the brink of death at one point?
And the best part, that the entire book leads up to? The epic battle between man and machine-things? Spoiler alert: it doesn’t happen. I waited the entire movie for it and then the credits rolled. I’m so completely dissatisfied with this movie. If I had paid for my ticket, I would have demanded my money back.
This really just seems like a sell out to me. They took away all the good parts and filled it with empty explosions, the stereotypical, dramatic “hold on!” Scenes, and fireworks.
Thus proving that just because you have money, doesn’t mean you can make a movie.
2 paws out of 5.
P.S. If you are jumpy, you might want to close your eyes when the cranks show up. A job well done to the arts department for those terrifying creatures though.