Once again, director, Wes Ball, brings the action-packed dystopian teen future of The Maze Runner to the big screen, with a $30.3 million opening weekend. This total is slightly down from the opening weekend of The Maze Runner which earned $32.5 million, last year.
In "The Scorch Trials" Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) have escaped their maze. However, as the audience knows from the ending of the first film, they are still entangled in the web of WCKD (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department).
The Gladers, from first film, encounter new friends and new enemies in the sequel. With the help of some of their new friends, they seek additional help to fight against WCKD. One aspect of the movie that may be a surprise some moviegoers, unfamiliar with the books, are the Cranks. This is a creepy addition to The Scorch Trials.
This second installment in the series has a lot of action, jump scares and some horrific elements. In comparison to other dystopian teen future films sophomore releases, The Scorch Trials is superior to the Divergent Series, Insurgent, and to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
T.S. Nowlin wrote the screenplay adapation of James Dashner's second novel of The Maze Runner series. He was also one of three co-writers of the first movie, in the series.
If you have not read the novels, you can listen to two Maze Runner novels for free. If you're new to Audible, you can sign-up for a free trial that includes two free audio books, which could be The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trails. Sign-up today to start listening.