‘Maze Runner’ sequel filled with action, heartfelt friendship

Reviewed by Emily Fogleman
Times-News correspondent

   “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” picks up where the original film, “The Maze Runner,” left off. The sequel is a gripping attention-getter that begins with a flashback of earlier events and a hurried escape from mysterious “somethings” hiding in the hills to a supposed safe haven.
Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) are glad to have escaped World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department (WCKD) and found sanctuary until Thomas meets Aris (Jacob Lofland), who shares some disturbing news. Thomas, his fellow Gladers and Aris leave the compound and head across the Scorch to look for somewhere they know to be safe. After what seems like ages, they find other people who have found refuge, specifically Brenda (Rosa Salazar) and Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito).
   Brenda and Jorge also want to find a safer place, so they agree to lead the group across treacherous territory. While worrying about previous enemies finding them, the group also has to worry about the infected Cranks, zombie-like creatures whose only goal seems to be to kill people. The group continues to search for a safer place to live and runs into some of Aris’ old friends, Harriet (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Sonya (Katherine McNamara). Harriet and Sonya are part of a much larger group called The Right Arm that fights against WCKD by saving the children WCKD has taken.
Surprising twists abound in this film. “The Scorch Trials” is for anyone who enjoyed the first movie, the books or anyone who loves to be on the edge of their seat watching complex action sequences being strung together with moments of heartfelt friendship and thought-provoking dilemmas.

 Emily Fogleman is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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