First ‘Maze Runner: Scorch Trials’ Trailer Sees Dylan O’Brien Preparing for …

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Drops First Look Trailer!.

With Poltergeist opening on Thursday night, now is the ideal time for 20th Century Fox to offer their first preview for The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. In the trailer, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD.Starring Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar, Aidan Gillen and Giancarlo Esposito, adapts James Dashner’s second book in “The Maze Runner” series, following Thomas and the other Gladers as they have escaped the maze and are put into a dormitory where they face new threats. Turns out the Glade was just Phase One of a program developed by the none too subtly named WCKD, as a response to a catastrophic solar flare that has decimated the planet. And it’s a feat made more remarkable given there are really no big names in the cast — certainly none on the level of Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, and Philip Seymour Hoffman (to name a few) in “The Hunger Games” series or Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and more in the “Divergent” flicks.

Good on Fox for actually waiting until their own big movie, although to be fair Fox instead dropped the trailer for John Green’s Paper Towns instead. In search of answers, our heroes head out into an unforgiving desert landscape known as the Scorch, filled with roving zombie-like creatures known as Cranks. (This franchise loves capitalizing things for no reason.) Basically, think Mad Max meets Oblivion, plus the zombies from 28 Days Later.

In a recent Radio Times interview, Dashner had this to say about the creatures, “The Grievers are just big monsters, so they’re scary, but not horrifying. And can we get out?’ But the second movie is about the repercussions of getting out and the discovery of what the world is actually like,” producer Wyck Godfrey told EW.

So they’re going to give people nightmares.” The image is actually quite reminiscent to the concept art Ball debuted back at San Degio Comic-Con last year. It’s really too bad Thomas and his friends don’t have time to sit around watching HBO, because anyone who’s seen Game of Thrones could’ve told Thomas that Janson guy was not to be trusted. Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Ki Hong Lee all return from the first film, to be joined by Rosa Salazar, Katherine McNamara, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Lili Taylor, and Barry Pepper. Sadly I think we’ve seen the last of Beautiful Creatures or Vampire Academy and I’ll believe a Mortal Instruments sequel when I see a release date.

It was basically a straight-faced sci-fi horror thriller where only the last five minutes gave into any kind of “this is only the beginning” shtick. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. will debut in 3D, 2D, and IMAX theaters on September 18, 2015. I might roll my eyes at a YAFF sub-genre entry, generally a bastion for female-led stories, offering such a sausage fest that even the characters are surprised when a girl shows up, but a good movie is a good movie. And the adaptation of James Dashner’s first of four novels was a rock-solid and often quite scary little jaunt into a labyrinth of horrors that showed off a sense of scale well-beyond its $35m budget.

As I’ve discussed before, when a first film ends up being better than expected, the second one can cash in those word-of-mouth chips over opening weekend. I have little knowledge of the second book save that it takes place outside the “maze” this time around (apparently our heroes wander in the dusty post-apocalyptic hell scape, perhaps traveling by way of Fury Road), but I am actually a little excited to see what happens next, to the point where I am avoiding Wikipedia. The Maze Runner is actually the biggest-grossing live-action hit ever to open in September, second for the month only to Sony’s animated Hotel Transylvania ($358m).

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