The Scorch Trials [AUDIO]

“The Scorch Trials,” the sequel to last year’s surprisingly good young-adult adaptation “The Maze Runner,” is again good, so maybe it’s not surprising anymore.

Based on James Dashner’s badly written but smartly plotted books, these films feature teens in a post-apocalyptic scenario, doing brave, difficult things, without having to be motivated by romance (or, worse, a contrived romantic triangle) — which makes for more compelling drama and higher stakes.

Director Wes Ball delivers some exciting action sequences and keeps us on our toes with a series of satisfying plot turns. Though a few of the kids’ personalities blend together, colorful performances abound.

For a more detailed discussion, here’s the part of the Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider podcast where we reviewed “The Scorch Trials.”

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B (2 hrs., 12 min.; PG-13, a little profanity, some violence and scariness.)