Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (stylized onscreen simply as The Scorch Trials) is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film based on James Dashner‘s novel The Scorch Trials, the second novel in The Maze Runner book series. The film is the sequel to the 2014 film The Maze Runner and the second installment in The Maze Runner film series. It was directed by Wes Ball, with a screenplay by T.S. Nowlin. Adding to the original film’s cast of Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson, the new supporting cast includes Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Jacob Lofland, Barry Pepper, Rosa Salazar, Lili Taylor, and Alan Tudyk.
The plot of The Scorch Trials takes place immediately after the previous installment, with Thomas (O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers battling the powerful World Catastrophe Killzone Department (W.C.K.D., or WICKED), while facing the perils of the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles. Filming began in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 27, 2014, and officially concluded on January 27, 2015.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was released in select international territories starting September 9, 2015 in 2D, 3D, 4DX and Barco Escape, and was released on September 18, 2015 in the United States in 2D and Premium Large Format theaters, by 20th Century Fox. It was originally set to be released in IMAX, but this was cancelled, as Everest had all worldwide IMAX screens booked until the release of the film The Walk. The Scorch Trials received mixed reviews, with some critics calling it decent – commending its action sequences and performances – while others criticized the film for its lack of plot and character advancement. Like its predecessor, the film was a commercial success grossing $30.3 million on its opening weekend, making it the ninth-highest grossing debut in September. The film went to the number one spot at the box office during its opening weekend, and has grossed $312 million worldwide.
The concluding entry, titled Maze Runner: The Death Cure, is scheduled to be released on January 12, 2018.
A flashback to hundreds of people crowded around a quarantined area. A young Thomas is brought by his mother to be taken away for protection on board a train. On the train, filled with children, Thomas meets Dr. Ava Paige, who assures him that it’s going to be okay.
In the present, Thomas and the surviving Gladers – Newt, Teresa, Minho, Frypan and Winston – are brought out of the Maze by armed troops. The Gladers are taken to a bustling facility run by Janson, who explains that the Gladers, as well as survivors from other mazes, are there because they are immune from the Flare virus. Thomas becomes suspicious of the facility’s operations, confirmed when he sneaks out with Aris, one of the first survivors to end up in the facility, and they find Immunes are being experimented on. They discover that Janson is working for World Catastrophe Killzone Department (WICKED), led by Ava, who had been presumed dead by the Gladers. After learning of a resistance group, “The Right Arm,” hiding in the mountains, Thomas gets help from Aris to facilitate the escape of his friends. Pursued through the facility by Janson and his troops, the group ultimately escapes into the deserted outside world of “The Scorch”.
Over the following days, the group evades WICKED troops and deals with flesh-eating Cranks, humans infected by the Flare. Winston becomes infected and chooses to commit suicide, rather than becoming a Crank. After surviving a thunderstorm, the group meets Brenda and her surrogate “father”, Jorge, who are leading a crew of survivors. When Jorge learns that the Gladers want to find the Right Arm, he and Brenda decide to help the Gladers get to the mountains, leaving behind their own crew in the process. When WICKED troops attack the crew’s hideout, Jorge plays a record that is rigged to set off explosives to destroy the hideout and kill the troops, though Thomas and Brenda get separated from Jorge and the others. Thomas and Brenda survive encounters with Cranks and with drug-crazed people in a nightclub, although Brenda is bitten during their escapade. Thomas has a flashback of when he and Teresa worked for WICKED, he had become disillusioned and warned Teresa of WICKED’s plans, only for him to be taken away by troops. Thomas and Brenda eventually reunite with Jorge and the others. Jorge interrogates Marcus, the owner of the nightclub and double agent of WICKED and the Right Arm, into revealing the location of the Right Arm.
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