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‘The Scorch Trials’ will leave you on the edge of your seat

The “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” directed by Wes Ball is the sequel to the popular 2014 movie, “The Maze Runner”. The movies are based on the book series written by James Dashner. The movie follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers as they find their way into the desolate world known as the Scorch.

The movie picks up right where “The Maze Runner” left off and Thomas and the other Gladers find themselves in a facility that they believe is a safe haven from the flare virus, cranks, and most importantly WCKD. While at the facility, Thomas meets Aris (Jacob Lofland) and the two discover that this facility is not quite the “safe haven” they thought it was. The two quickly gather the Gladers and escape the facility.

Their escape is just the start of the action and suspense that is packed into the two-hour movie. As the crew tries to escape there is an endless amount of running, the smashing of a window, and Thomas throws in a baseball slide as he barely makes it under the door that separates the Gladers from the inside of the facility.

While on a mission to find The Right Arm, a resistance group, Thomas and the other Gladers find themselves face to face with cranks, which are humans that have become something like a zombie after being infected by the flare virus. After venturing for a while Thomas spots evidence of civilization and the group ends up meeting Brenda (Rosa Salazar) and Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) who are the leaders of a group of survivors that agree to take Thomas and his friends to The Right Arm.

After meeting Brenda and Jorge the action and intensity of each scene begins to build up. The movie is full of nonstop running whether it be trying to escape from cranks or hiding from WCKD. There is mystery and suspense surrounding almost every part of the story. The movie is classified as a dystopian science-fiction action thriller and it fully embodies this category. I was on the edge of my seat throughout.

The story is full of unexpected twists, fights, and betrayal that leave viewers wanting more. For those who want to know what will happen in the next chapter of the lives of Thomas and his friends, the movie for “The Death Cure,” the third installment of “The Maze Runner” series is set to be released on Feb. 17, 2017.

“The Scorch Trials” is currently in theaters and is rated PG-13.