No seriously, what did I just watch?
Watching The Maze Runner last year as an enjoyably stupid experience, not on the level of Divergent which we saw with a cocktail in hand, but still fun. Although through out the entire movie there is this awareness at the back of you head that no answer will be satisfactory to setting, a nagging voice that is made worse by the fact it's a known trilogy.
Sure enough the visceral excitement of the group of teens trying to escape and survive this maze is met with an ending that... is so stupid. Unbelievably so.
Many, many spoilers follow.
This maze was all a test for the survivors of a solar flare that turned people into rage zombies. We find this out from a recording of dead scientists who say the maze was integral for finding a cure from these kids who were immune.
Except... they weren't immune because the monsters in the maze could infect them with the sun zombie disease, even the main character gets infected, except it turns out they have a cure. Because the main character and another character get cured.
... so they already have the cure?
Oh and in a twist! The scientists weren't actually dead, they were pretending to be dead so that more people could run in and 'rescue' the teens. And all of this... was all according to the plan.
What would have happened in a scientist sneezed? I know they can wipe memories but that seems like a waste of resources when things are a terrible post apocalyptic world where nothing really grows or has rain.
Unless you are in the maze... which for some reason has a perfect environment.
It's at this point my brain starts making a dial tone... and we haven't even gotten to the new movie yet.
Ok, now it's time for the Scorch Trials.
The teens are rescued and rushed into a facility as a collection of zombies chase them... the main character see's them. Maybe it was blurry and he was confused... but he see's them. They also all saw the video where a body turned into a zombie, as well as seeing their friends turn into rage zombies from the monsters in the first movie. Petyr Baelish (yes, I know he actually has a name but... screw it, it's LittleFinger), also tells them. You'll never survive the Cranks. I feel the need to say all of this because once they realise that LittleFinger doesn't actually have their best interest at heart... no shit Sansa? They spend the next little while in the desert going... 'what the hell are those?'
They are zombies... you know this; or cranks. Or clankers if you are me through most of the movie (seriously I don't know where I got that name but I've typed it like seven times by accident.)
What follows is basically a collection of set pieces and introduction of new characters, some good action and further plot holes.
The Cranks... sorry I mean, sun/plant/insect zombies are used fairly well and this director really should be making a straight horror movie. They can't do narrative or character but suspense is handled very well.
But now I need to talk about the plot holes, why? Because they are more interesting then anything else that happiness.
Remember that cure that they totally have, well turns out they don't. You can get a serum from the blood of these teens that will temporarily fix someone... so why the hell is the main character not a sun/plant/insect zombie? He got infected and was then given this cure and is now totally fine?
And the bad guys, who are called W.I.C.K.E.D by the way, want to string up kids like blood bags and slowly drain them so they can keep creating this serum. They are willing to 'sacrifice a generation to save mankind'.
... oh did I say villains I meant anti-heroes. No wait... the hero's hate them and they keep giving them villain music. I guess they are meant to be straight up evil. Hey look, I don't like the idea of kids getting turned into comatose blood bags... but... this is the end of the world right? Cause not all kids are immune, and those kids are going to be turned slowly and horrifically into grotesque monstrous creatures. Sooooo.
Yeah, I'm with W.I.C.K.E.D on this one... maybe you don't have to string them up, maybe just have them live in the Glad happy and healthy and take blood from them every day. But I believe Spock said it best.
However W.I.C.K.E.D has LittleFinger on their side so it's probably safe to assume they aren't actually on the up and up.
At the end, the bag guys have taken one of the many buff teens captive, as well as the love interest who betrayed them to W.I.C.K.E.D. I get from the framing we are meant to think badly of her for this... but honestly. Go you! Well done for being willing to make the sacrifice so no one has to suffer through the all experience you had as a child where you watched your mother slowly turn into a zombie and tear her own eyes out.
However now the group are gearing up and ready to take the fight to the Capital!... I mean Erudite... I mean W.I.C.K.E.D!
(Yes I am away I didn't actually use the names of any of the characters... but that's the thing, I don't remember any of them!)
I have heard from my friend's who read the book that a few changes made to the story have made things even more unclear then they were in the book. However as a movie franchise I can't wait to see how they try and justify W.I.C.K.E.D as the big evil when they are trying to save the world. Maybe W.I.C.K.E.D is just throwing all the serum to the ground as they kick puppies?
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