Verdict: A film with many twists that’ll keep you hooked till the end.

How often do we watch films that have a wafer­thin plot but still entertain us through thrilling action sequences? Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is one such movie. It’s the second film in the franchise and a worthy sequel.

The story begins with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) being taken to a secret facility called WCKD. He meets his fellow Gladers there Newt (Thomas Brodie­Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa Agnes (Kaya Scodelario), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores). Thomas is alerted about WCKD’s evil intentions by Aris Jones (Jacob Lofland) and together they try to dig deeper. They soon realize they’re trapped and have very little time to escape. The only place where they’ll be safe is the Right Arm. Their attempts to stay safe and the way they do so form the rest of the story.

Director Wes Ball helms the sequel and does a great job. He keeps everything well­paced, giving you little time to notice the film’s shortcomings. Some of the sequences are really well shot, especially the one where Thomas has to save one of the characters from falling out of a glass building. The writers also try to add some emotional twists to the otherwise breezy narrative. One does feel there are a few too many characters, and not all of them manage to get enough screentime. Dylan O’Brien and Rosa Salazar stand out as Thomas and Brenda. Aidan Gillen, famous for playing Petyr Baelish in popular TV Series, Game of Thrones is menacing as Jason, the man who’ll go to any lengths to complete his mission.

The film lacks a certain depth in its story. In order to make the movie interesting, the writers introduce too many subplots. If you could ignore this slight shortcoming though, you are certain to enjoy Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The climax too is quite the surprise and sets things up for the third installment that should be out in 2017. The director smartly ends this film with a cliffhanger moment that will definitely keep the interest alive in the franchise.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

The film has enough twists and turns to keep you entertained. You’re unlikely to be anything close to bored while the movie runs for a little over two hours . Also, being a part of a trilogy, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is a must­watch, if you want to stay updated with the story.