The movie is unable to overcome a shaky narrative whose increasing preposterousness ensures it’s difficult to take seriously.
What we’re left with is a misbegotten notion that bringing back characters long past their sell-by date is a good idea.
This is science fiction for sophisticated audiences and, as such, a fulfilling and satisfying experience.
U.S. Release Date: 2015-09-18
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson
With minimal plot development and far too much running around in dark corridors, "The Scorch Trials" has a poor story:filler ratio.
When film-goers speak of New York-based indies as having become insular and pretentious, "Mistress America" is an example of what they're referring to.
Guy Ritchie directs with a deft touch, allowing things to move at a rapid clip while maintaining a light, sometimes humorous tone.
The film offers everything one could ask for from popcorn entertainment and its brand of action feels fresh and freewheeling.
Parents will get more pleasure out of their children's reactions than from the film itself.
Too many elements that made the first film an enjoyable experience are missing.
A reminder that an "old fashioned" movie can be affecting and effective when the filmmaker understands the value of understatement.