The movie starts off right from where the last part left off. The team is out of the maze and are with a group that opposes WCKD. While the first part was more mystery and stuff, this is a more adrenaline-filled action packed entry.
The acting felt improved from the last part. So was the cinematography, movie was well shot. The CGI was good, for the most part, too. The Wasteland looked great. And I loved the infected. They really reminded me of the infected from The Last of Us. Same vibes and had similar degree of infection. And scenes involving them were thrilling.
Now, the first half of the movie was honestly great. The action was great, the pacing was adrenaline pumping, the escape sequences were well shot and handled and it was just plain entertaining to see the destroyed world and the team trying to survive in it. The second half however kinda bogged down the movie. The story sorta went nowhere, and some events happen that were either uninteresting or plain annoying. And the movie ends up trying to setup the sequel instead of concluding satisfactorily.
As far as recent young adult/teen novels go, this one has the edge among them in one particular department, lovey dovey stuff. The first part had zero of it and there was very little of it in this one too, which I'm all up for.
Can't wait for the next one cause cliffhanger.