So Thomas and his band of Maze escapees, while in the book there were about twenty people in which he didn't know their names, now are down to I think Jack, Winston, Teresa, Newt and Minho. And of course, Thomas. Thomas doesn't know whose side he's supposed to be on. He knows about the Flare Virus, kind of, but doesn't know anything else. He doesn't know if these people are to be trusted, they say they need a cure and they don't want the kids hurt, but how can you really trust a camp where they bring a few kids in for something secret and created Grievers? Not only that, there's something Teresa is keeping secret now that she has a big chunk of her memories back.
Now, in the back of my head, I knew a quarter way through I was watching the best movie of the year, and I know I said that for No Escape, but this time it was true. If you think you know everything because you read the book, you don't. I just finished watching a JeremyJahns review of this movie. Ignore it, he has no idea what he's saying. He said that he didn't believe a world like the one they were in could build the Maze. Well, they had that ginormous compound, food, beds, showers and intricate technology. It also answered so many questions that were sort of...well, no, completely squandered in the book, and here, well, I think a big chunk of The Death Cure got spoiled, but what a way of answering! These set pieces as well, of the scorched city, rebel camps, caverns and abandoned buildings, are all perfect, textbook examples of how to make a YA novel adaptation. There are so many chase scenes, which once again are all perfect, as well as some surprisingly comedic timings, that this movie certainly earns it's name as a sequel to The Maze Runner. This also has a horror element to it, I have to warn you. I wanted to bite off my fingernails with my fingers still on them every time the movie got, well, dark. These jump scares are so unpredictable that I felt as clueless and vulnerable as Thomas and his friends. The drama is so real, so honest of friendship and love, and that was one of the biggest problems in the book and it fixed that too! I was waiting for the scene or sequence that would give me something to bring this movie down, and it never came ever! I mean, maybe the first thirty minutes were very fast, but would I have wanted it another way to give the facility a chance? Yeah, probably not. Normally, I end up finding something bad to say about every movie and book I review. This movie has no bump, no flaw, even the time when Thomas wakes up to see his friends, you'll see which one I mean, makes sense a little. Brenda probably went and got them. And every surprise is a big surprise.
So I had very low expectations when the movie started mostly because of the horrendous book, and I ended up walking out of the theatre with a giant smile on my face and a burning desire to see it again.