Taglines: The maze was just the beginning.
A young boy, Thomas, is taken in by Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) and troops from the organization WCKD, alongside other children, after being dropped off by his mother for his own safety. Years later, shortly after the remaining Gladers escaped The Maze, the Gladers – the now teenage Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and Teresa Agnes (Kaya Scodelario), former workers of WCKD and creators of the Maze, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) – are taken to a facility run by Mr. Janson (Aidan Gillen).
He explains that the facility is a safe haven for Immunes of the Flare virus, protecting them from WCKD and the Cranks, and providing them clothes, food, and sanitation, where survivors of other mazes are also present. Thomas becomes curious about their activities and manages to find out what is really happening behind the closed doors.
With help from Aris Jones (Jacob Lofland), the first maze survivor to end up in the facility, it is revealed that WCKD’s leader, Ava, is still alive and that Mr. Janson is working for them as the two discuss the lethal experiments being conducted on the Immunes and that Janson has yet to find The Right Arm, a resistance group located in the mountains. The group, including Aris, escapes the facility as Janson orders his WCKD troops to track them down and they find themselves in the deserted outside world – the Scorch.
The group arrive at an abandoned marketplace, where they first encounter the Cranks, humans zombified by the Flare. In the process, Winston gets infected by one of them. When morning comes, they find the city has turned into ruins and that WCKD is still searching for them. Winston’s infection gets worse, forcing the rest of the group to leave him alone to die by shooting himself, preventing his transformation.
The group continues to venture the desert until one night, while sleeping in the middle of the desert, Thomas wakes to discover civilization on the distant horizon. As a thunderstorm emerges, they run to an abandoned facility for shelter. To the group’s relief, Minho survives being struck by a bolt of lightning. They manage to enter the facility, only to find that it is filled with chained Cranks. The group meets Brenda (Rosa Salazar) and Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito), who lead a dangerous band of survivors and have used the Cranks as their own guard dogs. When the two find that the group had come from WCKD and is looking for the Right Arm, the two agree to take them to the Right Arm, abandoning their group of survivors.
Moments later, WCKD, led by Janson, storms the place, only for the facility to be destroyed by Jorge’s explosives, however, Thomas and Brenda are left behind as the rest have escaped with Jorge. Thomas and Brenda manage to escape the Cranks, only for Brenda to get infected by a Crank in the process. Thomas experiences a flashback of when he and Teresa were working for WCKD, in which Thomas tries to warn Teresa of WCKD’s plans, only for the two to be separated by WCKD’s troops. As Thomas and Brenda reunite with the rest of the group, Jorge interrogates Marcus (Alan Tudyk), a survivor who secretly works for WCKD, into revealing the whereabouts of The Right Arm.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is an American dystopian science-fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on The Scorch Trials, the second book in The Maze Runner trilogy, written by James Dashner, with a screenplay by T.S. Nowlin. It is the sequel to the 2014 film The Maze Runner and the second installment in The Maze Runner film series. Adding to the existing cast of Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Patricia Clarkson, the supporting cast was filled out with Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper and Lili Taylor.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Directed by: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson
Screenplay by: T.S. Nowlin
Production Design by: Daniel T. Dorrance
Cinematography by: Gyula Pados
Film Editing by: Dan Zimmerman
Costume Design by: Sanja Milkovic Hays
Set Decoration by; Kelly Berry, John Navarro
Music by: John Paesano
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: September 18, 2015