‘The Maze Runner’ Trailer: The Maze is the Key

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There have been a lot of strange prisons depicted in sci-fi movies, but the maze of Wes Ball’s upcoming sci-fi The Maze Runner certainly takes a few prizes for creativity. Populated by a small community of teenage boys, this prison is an entirely artificial world with a glade at its center and an enormous maze stretching out in every direction beyond it. Stripped of their memories, the inmates don’t know what they did to end up there, but they do know that the answer to their freedom is somehow locked up in the maze’s design.

Of course, things are a little more complicated than that. The maze is actually many mazes, with walls that shift and create new paths. There are deadly creatures lurking in its shadows. The huge stone doors close at night, and anyone left on the wrong side of them will be nothing but a corpse for burial in the morning.

Twentieth Century Fox has now released the first full trailer for The Maze Runner, which is the feature film debut of Wes Ball and is based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner. It’s also (as the trailer optimistically boasts) the first chapter in a saga, which continues in Dashner’s sequels “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure”. Whether or not these get big screen adaptations as well will depend on how well The Maze Runner performs when it’s released this fall.

The Maze Runner poster image The Maze Runner Trailer: The Maze is the Key

This first trailer definitely looks promising, and wisely does not give away too much about the plot ahead of time. The story begins with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) arriving in the Glade emptied of his memories, but just as he starts to settle into the status quo the system begins to become disrupted. Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the first female prisoner of the Glade, arrives with a note saying that she will be the last, and the Gladers soon realize that they may no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to solving the maze.

The Maze Runner is targeting the Hunger Games sweet spot of being appealing to both adults and younger audiences, and despite Dashner’s novel being quite tricky to adapt this first trailer is very promising.

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The Maze Runner is out in theaters on September 19, 2014.

Source: Twentieth Century Fox

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  1. this looks awesome.

  2. I’ve never heard of this one. Does anyone know if the books are for teens or more for adults?

    • sort of a teen to adult book. My 10 year old wanted to read it. I read it before him to make sure. Definitely to old a story for the 10 – 12 yr old crowd (IMO). But I enjoyed the book. Some good twists and the ending really turned out not how I saw it coming. Worth a read.

    • I’ve read the first one. It’s like a lot of YA novels in the sense that the main characters are teenagers but the content is mature enough to appeal to adults as well. I thought the book was only middling-to-good but I can see the premise working very well on the big screen if handled with some serious creativity.

      • It’s targeted to teens, but I’m a 30-something adult and I read the book as well. I agree with H. Shaw-Williams in that it was middling-to-good. The ending took me by surprise and blew out the world with quite a few revelations. I have yet to read the sequels, but I plan on it in the near future.

  3. Interesting concept… The only problem I am having is that it feels a little on the “Hunger Games” side. I’ll wait for a more detailed trailer.

    • how is that a problem? That last Hunger Games was one of the most successful films in recent memory. Critically and financially.

      • It’s a problem because if I wanted to watch the Hunger Games I would watch the Hunger Games, I wouldn’t want to spend $7.99 for a seat in a theater to watch the same thing over and over again.

        • No offense, but are you blind? Where did you see kids killing each other in a reality tv show? Or a totalitarian government oppressing people? Or a rebellion? Cause I don’t.

          • Right, the “No offense” completely makes your “are you blind?” question polite… I never said that this movie was going to be EXACTLY alike! If you would have read the original comment you would have read that I said an “interesting concept” which means that I acknowledge that there is a different story line. I just wish they would have waited a little longer to space this movie out from the release of Catching Fire because it is very similar without having the same STORY!

            • Dude, the only similarities between this movie and the hunger games is that the target audience is young adults with young adults playing the lead roles. That’s it. Two minor similarities does not equal “very similar.”

              • Do you really not see what Writer means? It’s obviously not a carbon copy of The Hunger Games but it’s a YA story where a young lead has to deal with a big ordeal set by some grand oppressive scheme and it seems this young lead just happens to have what it takes to succeed and set a whole bunch of others free. And there’s a love story.
                I count plenty similarities! and I’ll probably also not see this (if it happened to get good reviews I might)
                It’s a me-too attempt just like there were tons of mediocre fantasy movies around the time the LOTR trilogy came out.

    • Don’t worry, this movie is actually very very different. I had very similar reservations about it, mistakingly writing it off as a Hunger Games wannabe. But the story is actually very different, the characters are far more likable (I thought so, at least), there’s no annoying romance, there’s beautiful bromances (haha), and the actors that they chose fit each and every character PERFECTLY. Those who have seen advanced screenings have said great things about it, it already has great reviews and hasn’t even been officially released yet :) Just some food for thought! :)

  4. Kaya Scodelario? They have my attention …

  5. Not a good idea if you’re claustrophobic. It looks scary and crazy and ridiculously awesome—I want to watch it now.

  6. Where’s the Teen Wolf review >:(

    • It’ll be up soon. ;-)

  7. Will this be the new Hunger Games? Certainly has a very Hunger Games feel to it. I hope it does not suck like I am Number Four or all those other failed attempts to start a film series out of books.

  8. Great book, but the series fails to live up to this first book. Trailer looks awesome.

  9. They don’t want to go that way! If they go that way it’ll lead them straight to the Goblin King’s castle.

    …..anyway, come in and have a cuppa tea. Meet the missus!

    • +1

  10. This looks cool. About 1,000 times cooler than Divergent looks anyways…

  11. So excited! The books were great and this looks awesome! I can’t wait, shuck face!

  12. looks interesting but the idiot who edited the trailer FORGOT to turn up the volume on the dialog. I couldn’t hear a damn word any time the FX/ambient audio elements overlapped with someone speaking. Fail.

  13. It’s better than the Hunger Games man. It’s got a dude as the main character. It’s not all weepy girly crap. (Or so I imagine the teen male audience reasoning will go)(Or would that be the movie exec board meeting)

  14. Hmmm..the write-up sort of reminds me of a series of books called the Death Gate Cycle, where this group of people called the Patryns were trapped in a maze (The Labyrinth) for generations, and the maze kept getting more dangerous each year, killing them and they’re children. They actually measured their ages in ‘numbers of gates’ they had passed. Pretty good series of books. Lot’s of magic and character development.

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