Maze runner: Scorch Trials

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Movie Review
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials:How to make a movie with the soul of a video game

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~ Recipe of Maze Runner: Scorch Trials ~


(How to make a movie with the soul of a video game)



One part high security sci-fi lab.

Five parts digitally-created post apocalyptic world, distributed evenly. 


A large pack of zombies, separated.

Two halves of red herrings.

A nondescript villain.


Two parts bad boys. 

Two parts good boys.

One brave teenage hero.


The final ‘twist’, roughly chopped.

Blasts, mutilations, gunfires to taste

3D goggles to garnish.



1. Start the security lab. 

2. Whisk together one part good guys. Make sure they do not have well fleshed-out characters. This helps the Hero stand out.

3. Now, place the hero in the forefront.


4. Rub the Hero against one part bad boys. Create suspense. 

5. Fabricate an escape route, with some inexplicable stroke of luck.


6. Put Hero and the Team in a temporary shelter*. 

7. Unleash the humanoid zombies on them.

8. Fabricate another escape. 

9. Let the bad boys be in the tow as well.

10. Throw in some blasts, mutilations, gunfires. 

11. Let it simmer on low flame. 


12. Repeat steps 6-10 three times over, adding half a red herring with each repetition.

13. Add the roughly chopped ‘twist’ in the end along with a nondescript villain.

14. Switch off the flame. Garnish with 3D goggles and serve half-baked with promise of a sequel.


*Tip: Use the assorted stock post-apocalyptic landscapes here; such as: abandoned underground train stations, vast cities in ruins, barren mountains, desert runes, etc. Focus on production value, imagination. 


Serves: To pass time, if you are a fan. 



1. The result should feel more like a video game than a movie. Focus on the chase. Keep aside dilemmas. The obstacles are purely external. 

2. Keep the good guys good. Bad guys bad. One person of questionable intent is enough. 

3. The hero is invincible, and must escape every single trial.   

4. Don’t get carried away by the name scorch trials and bring in problems like dehydration or sunstroke. You don’t even have to show the scorch that much either, really. The audience won’t notice. Just keep them zombies coming. 

5. The Hero and Team MUST, at all points, be fully equipped with backpacks, batteries, jackets, guns, water bottles and anything they might need in the wilderness. Where and how they find it is inconsequential. 

6. Lastly, but most importantly, this film is not about subtext, layers, themes, motifs or any existential questions that typically appear in stories. Except  that of the survival of human race. Which is very, very original.


Enjoy with a large tub of popcorn, nachos with cheese and salsa, a tall glass of diet coke, and a chutney sandwich on the side. 



   Ketki Pandit

Ketki Pandit is a writer/director with MFA from New York University. Also an alumnus of Screenplay Writing course at FTII, she is passionate about cinema and stories that shape our world. . http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2775357/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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