ENTERTAINMENT: “Scorch Trials” Picks Up Where “Maze Runner” Left Off

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By Nicole Macchio – Entertainment Editor

“The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials,” the sequel to “The Maze Runner,” hit theaters last week. The movie picks up off directly from the end of “The Maze Runner,” where the remaining Gladiers were ushered onto a helicopter. Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, and his friends, are taken to a building in the middle of a desert with harsh environment referred to as the Scorch.

Minho, Newt, and the other boys were willing to enter the new routine, happy to be out of the maze. Thomas was still on edge and didn’t trust Janson (played by Aidan Gillen), their rescuer. He wasn’t the only one either, at the facility the Gladiers discovered they weren’t the only maze. All the kids were collected and brought here to one day be taken to a safe zone, never to be seen.

Aris, played by Jacob Lofland, one of the other kids found in a maze doesn’t trust Janson either. One night he leads Thomas into a guarded room to find out what is really going on once the kids leave for the safe zone. They find out that Thomas’s suspicions were right, and WCKD is still using them. Overhearing a conversation between the thought dead Dr. Ava Paige (played by Patricia Clarkson), they also discover that Thomas and his friends are the first to be harvested for their genes to create a cure to survive in the Scorch. Thomas warns the others in time and has small struggles to get out of the building.

From there, the kids go up against the Scorch. There were cranks, or people affected by the scorch that were remarkably like zombies, at every turn. The cranks were a mystery for a good portion of the movie, but you knew it was infectious and that you didn’t want it to happen to you. Without anywhere to go they decide to try and find the resistance they heard of while in the facility.

They find a warehouse that houses refugees from the Scorch where they meet Brenda and Jorge. After a brief misunderstanding, Jorge agrees to help them not only get to The Right Arm but to help them escape from Janson.

Thomas, Minho, Newt and the others have to make tough decisions that could mean life or death. They have to face the horrors of the world that they don’t remember. and Theresa is a constant problem. She’s always causing problems and commits multiple acts of betrayal.

While there were multiple scenes that involved explosions and fighting, the special effects weren’t overpowering in the movie. They fit well into the movie without shouting “green screen.”

“The Scorch Trials” is a thrilling, suspenseful movie that is action-packed and fun for everybody. The characters never get a break and will have viewers on the edge of their seat rooting for them the entire time.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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