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Maze Runner - The Scorch Trials: The truth is still out there

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/09/2015

In the 2014 survival thriller The Maze Runner, based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, a group of teenagers pitted their wits against a labyrinth laden with traps and hideous citizens called Grievers in the vain hope of finding an exit.

Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and Minho (Ki Hong Lee) managed to escape from The Glade and learnt that the maze was a grand experiment created by a corporation called W.C.K.D. under the control of Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson). In the sequel, directed again by Wes Ball, Thomas and the survivors search for answers about W.C.K.D. and a mysterious contagion called The Flare from a researcher called Janson (Aiden Gillen). The truth remains elusive, so Thomas and co escape from the research compound and venture into the sun-scorched desert in the company of a girl from a rival tribe called Brenda (Rosa Salazar) and her surrogate father Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito). In this barren wilderness, the teenagers face threats from Mother Nature and hideous creatures fashioned by W.C.K.D. known as Cranks.

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