“As soon as we caught our breath, we stayed together in circle looking around the pitch black hollow room, smelling like mold and rotten skin. Then all of a sudden chains started to shake and rumble, sounds of echoing tip taps rang until it stopped loud and clear in front of me. Then I saw it right in front of me: a crank without eyes, no teeth, no clothes and burnt rotten skin, arms with skin falling off reaching out for me.”
This excerpt is from “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner, the second book in the Maze Runner Saga. The film by the same name was adapted by 20th Century Fox and is currently playing in Singapore. But did the adaptation of the film follow the plot of the book? And which is better?
‘The Scorch Trials’ received mixed reviews, with some critics calling it a better film than the first, while others criticized the film for its lack of plot and advancement of characters. The film was immediately a commercial success though, grossing $30.3 million on its opening weekend, making it the in the highest debut of films in September in North America.
However, just like any other film adapted from a book, debates are heated up by fans of the book criticizing the movie for stretching too far from the book’s real plot. Similarly, as a fan of the Maze Runner Saga myself, I had to say “The Scorch Trials” did deviate a tiny bit from the actual book, adding in details and taking out crucial elements to the flow of the story.
“The plot of the movie is a little different from the book because we had to combine a lot of the information from ‘The Death Cure’. But the overall plot is similar!” stated Ki Hong Lee, who plays the role of Min Ho, from an interview with Eric Nam on pikicast.
Although the movie deviates from a lot of the details in the book, the movie itself is filled with gripping action scenes and the pace is fast and exhilarating. The actors and actresses – Dylan O’Brien, Kihong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario and Rosa Salazar – are very talented and they fully transformed into their characters. Moreover, the cranks (people who are infected by the flare) are depicted exactly as I imagined them to be in the movie – they were grey, purple and red covered in ash and goo, burnt and rotten. The realistic gruesome visuals pulls the audience in from the beginning.
If you don’t like surprises and would much rather start off reading the book, by all means go ahead! There are some details that are not shown in this movie from the book; however, the details added to the movie were equally as nerve-racking and emotional as they set out to find their safe haven. Personally, I hope the plot lines that were taken away from this movie will come up in the final film next year. I promise you, this movie is worth watching. Go watch ‘The Scorch Trials’ this weekend before it’s gone!