The Scorch Trials (Movie review)

  • Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee
  • Release Date: September 18, 2015

As a book to movie adaptation, this was horrible and hair pullingly painful to watch. As a standalone movie, it was confusing.

One of the main problems with the movie is, the title makes no sense! It’s called, ‘The Scorch Trails’ because it’s supposed to be based on the book, ‘The Scorch Trails’. The trails that Thomas and his friends participate in take place in The Scorch, which is a wasteland where no living thing can live up on the surface because it is, SCORCHing hot, and the sun’s rays are unbearable. The only time life can survive out in the open is during the night. But in the movie this isn’t played up, or even explored. The land is just a wasteland, and therefore the name really makes no sense anymore. And as for the trails Thomas and the group have to undertake…There are no trials. Nothing. Thomas and everyone aren’t set on a task to complete anything.

As a book adaptation, I understand when changes are made to allow for a more smoother transition to film, but the changes made in this film were all unnecessary, and not one of them made for a lick of sense. It was like they took an inkling of an idea from the book and put it on screen. It’s like one book idea made for three new “creative” idea decisions. There was nothing creative about them, because the story was poorly told, with little explanation for what was happening or going to happen and why.

All new characters, events, and ideas just showed up out of the blue with no explanation, even after they showed up. What’s worse is that some ideas never went anywhere, it was like they thought of a new idea, but hit a fork in the road and didn’t know if they should go right (follow the new idea), or left (leave it behind and start a new one). And they always opted for left. It was frustrating and confusing.

The character development was poor, both with existing characters from the previous movie, and new ones. Their stories were a mess, and made no sense. The friendship that built between two characters was ridiculous, and forced. The ending was a story mess, I have no idea where they got that from, or where they thought they were going with that.

Even as a standalone movie, I found it hard to keep track of everything, and understanding way certain decisions were being made, and where all of a sudden this or that idea came from.

But to avoid an all negative review, I’ll say the one positive choice they made was with Theresea, and how they handled her storyline. It’s the only one that made sense. It does changes slightly from the book, but the way both book and movie ended, her story ended relatively the same. And they kept out that ridiculous idea between her and two other characters that was in the book. The visuals, and makeup design for the Cranks were amazing as well.

Overall rating: 2/5 stars. The only reason I gave it a 2 was because the visual effects were appealing, and they kept…a couple of the books ideas, even though they were greatly stretched.


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