Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Musical Score By: John Paesano

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on the second novel in the Maze Runner Saga, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials takes place in a dystopian world.  Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the other survivors of the experiment known as The Maze now find themselves hunting down a ruthless organization known as WCKD.  Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  Can the Gladers survive the Scorch and, if so, what will their quest reveal about WCKD and their plans for them?

            The musical score of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials was created by John Paesano, a composer, producer, conductor and arranger for film, video games, television and records.  His foray into musical scoring began in 2007 with Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix.  Since then, he has created musical scores for Another Cinderella Story, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, S.W.A.T.: Firefight, When the Game Stands Tall, Daredevil and the first Maze Runner film.

            The music of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is orchestral with a mix of electronic sound.  Quieter, softer orchestral moments are always followed by tracks created for action sequences, featuring heavy percussion and fast-paced, loud music that offers up a sense of danger and urgency.  Drum sticks striking objects mark scenes in which stealth is needed or danger is near.

            For a science fiction/action film, the musical score created by John Paesano is just what the doctor asked for.  Offering up a sense of unseen danger and a need to move quickly, this score injects you with a shot of adrenaline that will aide in enhancing the visuals and special effects of the film.  It will also enhance your need for speed if you listen to the soundtrack while driving, so be forewarned.  The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Soundtrack is definitely an album worth listening to.


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