'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' keeps teens running for their lives

Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:16pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An army of zombie-like attackers keep the teenage protagonists of the "Maze Runner" running for their lives in the second installment of the dystopian young adult film series.

In "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," out in theaters on Friday, the teens have escaped their maze-like prison from the first film but now face a parched world filled with rebels and antagonists as they race to find a safe haven for themselves.

Lead star Dylan O'Brien, who plays franchise hero Thomas, said the characters are caught off-guard by new obstacles thrown their way in this sequel.

"Once they're out there, it's strictly survival really, in looking out for one another and sticking together and trying to figure out what's next," O'Brien said.

In 2014's "The Maze Runner," based on a young adult sci-fi trilogy of novels by James Dashner, a group of teenage boys and one girl are forced to make their way through a complicated maze filled with lethal creatures.

In "Scorch Trials," the survivors face attackers called Cranks, humans who have been infected by a mysterious virus that turns them into the walking dead, which pursue them through a barren wasteland.

Rosa Salazar, who plays newcomer rebel Brenda, said the rotting Cranks even managed to startle her.

"It shocked me because it's PG-13 and you're like, 'Well how much am I allowed to see?' It's scary. I jumped out of my seat," she said.

O'Brien said the film's constant thrills are what will appeal to young audiences.   Continued...

Cast members Kaya Scodelario (L) and Dylan O'Brien from the film "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials", pose for pictures in Beverly Hills, California August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Phil McCarten