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The Scorch Trials Keeps Fans on Edge of Their Seat

AP/ Richard Foreman Jr.

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Madison Sheldrake, Copy Editor

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“The Scorch Trials” is a fast-paced, intense, action-packed spectacle of never-ending plot twists. It will keep you on the edge of your seat through the entire length of the film and has horror-movie worthy elements of terror and suspense.

Sequel to “The Maze Runner,” this movie adaptation of author James Dashner’s best selling novel does not disappoint. Though the movies does have several major plot differences, it keeps the same page-turning pace and feeling of the books.

The movie begins with Thomas and the rest of the kids from the maze landing in a helicopter at what they believe to be a safe house from WCKD (World Catastrophe Kill-zone Department, otherwise known as Wicked). However, they soon discover that this place is not what is seems and escape.

Finding themselves in the middle of a desert storm, they run until they find an abandoned building. Here, they are able to stock up on supplies left behind by unknown people, and even find a power generator.

Upon restoring the power, a league of Cranks, zombie-like people that were infected with the Flare virus, attack.

After hearing rumors of the Red Army, a rogue group of people determined to undermine WCKD, the kids set their course for the mountains across the desert. During the journey, they make new friends and have several close calls, before they were accepted into the Red Army.

This success is short-lived after a devastating betrayal brings WCKD right back to the kids and the Red Army. Fighting breaks out and after a lot of explosions and fires, the audience is left craving the next chapter in this epic adventure.

The acting in this film is spot on. The heroes are benevolent, the villains are cunning, and those in between are conflicted. Performances by Dylan O’brien (Thomas), Kaya Scodelario (Terressa), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Ki Hong Lee (Minho), Rosa Salazar (Brenda), Aidan Gillen (Jansan), and Patricia Clarkson (Ava Paige) bring the characters to life. The emotion in each actor is clear and sucks you into their story.

The lighting and sound in this film are amazing. The balance of light and dark depict the common motifs of good vs. evil and safety vs. danger seen throughout the movie. The sound brings the scenes to life and emphasizes the plot perfectly. The music, or sometimes the lack of it, brought another intriguing element to the film that completely absorbs you as a viewer.

There really is something for every type of movie lover in this movie. It seems that the rest of the world fades as the lights dim and the opening credits roll. I would rate this 7 out of 10.

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