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Times of India
The human population is fast moving towards extinction. So, will a bunch of valiant teenagers be able to survive the virus that is turning men into zombies?
2014's The Maze Runner ended on a thunderous note with a State agency assuming the responsibility of eradicating the homicidal virus which transforms people into zombies. In this edition, the story picks up from there and unravels the survival journey of a bunch of kids after they escape from the underground paramilitary accommodation where they were put up after being rescued. A large part of the narrative is devoted to keeping the element of mystery consistent.
In many ways, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a lot more accomplished than its first part. For starters, it has a more coherent story to its credit and evokes a relentless sense of urgency in every frame. Its novice actors brilliantly bring out the overpowering element of uncertainty. Painting an intriguingly dystopian picture with a catastrophe looming large over their heads, the film's pacey narrative also keeps you hooked.
The only flaw in TS Nowlin's otherwise imaginative screenplay is the lack of a convincing backstory. Blaming human extinction on a large hole in the ozone layer doesn't validate the extinction of the human species. It seems too simplistic a theory to explain how people turn into zombies just because of the Earth's shooting temperatures. How the atmospheric deterioration is connected with the deadly virus is never elucidated either, which is a glaring glitch.
The piquant chase sequences and Dylan O'Brien's go-fight attitude, makes up for the discrepancies by infusing steadiness in the film. He is beautifully understated in his performance and balances the movie on his shoulders alone.
Another place where the film nullifies its odds is in its engaging cinematography. With its aptly macabre setting, the film's locales look menacing. It borrows the ambiance of a thriller or a zombie horror, but mostly has the dramatic quality it aspires towards.
Director Wes Ball imbues the right level of energy with inspired, high-octane action pieces keeping you glued. It might falter on many grounds but nonetheless, delivers solid entertainment for its entire runtime.
The film is very different from the book.
The film's third installment will be called Death Cure.
Scheduling issues hindered Adelaide Kane from playing Brenda's role.
Three actors from the film a part of Game Of Thrones (2011).
Director, Wes Ball originally pitched The Maze Runner as 'Lord of the Flies meets Lost'.
W.C.K.D is pronounced as wicked, because in the book the acronym was W.I.C.K.E.D.; standing for World In Catastrophe, Killzone Experiment Department.
Producer Wyck Godfrey had his 3 boys offer casting advice. He would show his kids the auditions and get their feedback. His kids have read the books.
Many of the characters' names are taken from historical figures and most are from inventors, mathematicians, philosophers, or scientists to illustrate their intelligence (which was a major plot element in the novel): Thomas (Thomas Edison), Alby (Albert Einstein), Newt (Isaac Newton), Chuck (Charles Darwin), Gally (Galileo), Teresa (Mother Teresa), Winston (Winston Churchill), Ben (Benjamin Franklin) and Frypan, in the novel also called Siggy (Sigmund Freud). Author James Dashner has said that Minho is not named after anyone famous but his nieces' Korean husband. The novel also featured other characters such as Aris (Aristotle) and Harriet (Harriet Tubman).
Dylan O'Brien's hairstyle almost cost him the role of Thomas, because director Wes Ball thought it was too "MTV". Ball reconsidered when he was sent a photo of O'Brien without his hair gelled.
The film was shot in 44 days.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster would put a rock in his shoe so he would remember to limp.
Of the largely British cast, only actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays Newt, got to keep his accent.
To gain the role of Chuck, actor Blake Cooper continuously campaigned for an audition via twitter. He would send director Wes Ball tweet after tweet after tweet stating that he was made for the role. Wes Ball eventually relented and told Cooper to send his audition to the casting director who stated that Cooper was the perfect Chuck.
The production had to hire snake wranglers to make sure the areas where they were filming were snake free. Before filming began the wranglers found 25 venomous snakes. The biggest one they found was a 5 foot rattlesnake.
Their escape from the underground facility looks too convenient and contrived.
What experiment was executed on the immunes is never elucidated well in the film.
The film begins with a dream sequence of a young Thomas being taken in by WCKD. Years later, after being rescued from the maze trials , he along with Newt, Minho, Teresa, Frypan and Winston are taken into a safe haven run by Mr Janson. The place protects them from the virus, Cracnks, WCKD, providing them food and shelter. Survivors from many other maze live their together.
But Thomas suspects something fishy and with the help of a guy from another maze, he discovers what happens behind the close doors. We are told that the WCKD leader Eva is still alive and Janson works with her. The two discuss about the experiment on immunes and also about finding the resistance group that lives in the mountains. Thomas and his gang escape and Janson's team are entrusted with the responsibility of finding them in the scorch.
The group keep finding cranks everywhere they go. Winston gets infected after being attacked by a flare-virus-infected zombie and finally kills himself instead of becoming a crank himself. After the group moves ahead in the desert, they find lights close by. After surviving a grave thunderstorm, they reach the place and are welcomed by cranks whom the owners of the place keep as watchdogs.Welcomed not-so-pleasantly by Brenda and George, the group is initially kept chained. Janson and his army attacks the place just as the couple were planning to escape and George's explosives destroy the place.
The group finally separate only to meet again at the location of Right Arm, where they find other innocent survivors as well. Brenda, who contracts the virus from a Crank, and the Right Arm contemplate on whether she should be shot. She is given an enzyme shot which settle her infection. We learn that an immune body can only harvest the enzyme. Teresa calls WCKD, who ambush the place with Janson and Ava confront them and the survivors are taken in custody for experimental purposes.
Thomas with the Right Arm is successful in fending off WCKD, Ava, Janson and Teresa leave with the immunes they captured. As the film ends, Thomas swears to infiltrate WKCD to rescue his friend.