14 December 2015

Movie Review & Giveaway: Maze Runner--The Scorch Trials

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials MovieJust about a year ago, I wrote about The Maze Runner, the first movie adaptation of James Dashner's trilogy of the same name. Tomorrow, the second installment, The Scorch Trials, will be available in DVD/BluRay and streaming.

On Saturday, I was lucky enough to participate in a viewing of The Scorch Trials and a Twitter chat with author James Dashner. I enjoyed watching this action-packed film along with fans from around the world. It's always fun to see what grabs other people's attention, from the sets to the acting and the plot. From Dashner's tweets it's obvious he's well pleased with the movie version of his popular novel.

The movie, directed by Wes Ball, stars Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who are teens out to save the world from the people who took away their memories and seem to be conducting evil medical experiments (Patricia Clarkson and Aidan Gillen). Here's the summary from Twentieth Century Fox:

In this next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga, Thomas (O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
The Scorch Trials is a fast-moving film that is heavy on the action (chases, battles) while conveying the deep emotions of the characters (friendships, grief, betrayal). The filming was well done, and the sets were imaginative and believable. I was particularly impressed with the sound track, which added to the tension. Of course, Gillen plays the perfect bad guy, and Clarkson oozes smug superiority. All the teen actors also do a great job, especially O'Brien and Brodie-Sangster.

Take a look at the trailer:

The Giveaway

Thanks to the nice people at Think Jam and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I'm able to offer one of my readers with a USA mailing address a copy of the DVD/BluRay of The Scorch Trials. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win is fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner, using a random number generator, on December 21. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Good luck!


bermudaonion 12/14/15, 9:14 AM  

I bet my guys would love this - thanks for the giveaway!

Daryl 12/14/15, 10:04 AM  

i liked the first book , managed to get through the second but the third was a yawn ...

Heather 12/14/15, 11:15 AM  

I've read the first three books in this series and am still confused as to what it going on. Why are these kids being put through these crazy trials, are the scientists just plain mad or is there a purpose. Makes no sense to continue reading.

Unknown 12/14/15, 3:27 PM  

I've personally enjoyed the film adaptations a whole lot more than the books; especially The Scorch Trials - which was my favorite book in the series. I wouldn't go as far as to champion the series, though, it left me disappointed to say the least. Have you read the entire series yourself?

Thanks for this great Giveaway!

Greg 12/14/15, 4:36 PM  

I haven't read the books but I do want to see the movie, I saw the trailer for this and thought it looked fun. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity - great post!

Nise' 12/14/15, 9:13 PM  

Awesome giveaway. I best get to the third book before the movies comes out!

Tina 12/15/15, 2:17 PM  

Very nice giveaway. Santa rocks :-)

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