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The Maze Runner Trailer: Lord of the Grievers

By Agent Bedhead | Trailers | July 30, 2014 | Comments ()


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The Maze Runner functions as a servicable specimen of young adult fiction in the face of all the Twilight and Harry Potter imitators. Instead of wizards and vampires and hopelessly romantic triangles, we watch a group of boys (and one girl) learn to survive on their own in a closed environment known as The Glade. The first book is very much a mystery. (I won’t bother with discussing the weirdness of the second and third installments just yet, or the prequel.) This story has been compared to Lord of the Flies, but hey, nothing is original when it comes to Hollywood.

Now onto the trailer. We watch Thomas and the other Gladers try to figure out why they were placed in the center of a maze. They learn to sustain themselves and coexist, but conflict is inevitable. Each day, some select members known as Runners attempt to map the maze and try and find a way out. The main hitch is … the maze changes every day. And each evening, the Runners must make it back to The Glade before the walls close for the evening. If they miss the deadline, they get trapped inside the maze and devoured by creatures known as Grievers.

The first trailer for The Maze Runner surfaced a few months ago. That trailer was very disjointed and a little too emo. This new trailer contains a few of the same moments but is adequately menacing. I don’t anticipate any huge YA fans in the Pajiba audience, but anyone who’s read the books will want to know one thing: What do the Grievers look like? This trailer reveals a quick glimpse of the terrifying creatures, and sound seems more important than sight in communicating a sense of dread.

One nagging detail (on a purely superficial level) is that the actress who plays Teresa, Kaya Scodelario, looks and acts like Kristen Stewart. Minus the lip bite. I don’t think acting skills will matter too much for this movie’s success. The book’s fans will either turn out, or they won’t. Let’s see what you think of this trailer:


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  • There are so many great books out there that deserve adaptations, I don't why Hollywood keeps dragging up this YA teenybopper nonsense from the bottom of the barrel. Actually, scratch that, I do know why but still, I wish they'd knock it the fuck off.

  • Rebecca Hachmyer

    I am a huge YA fan. This book was a total shit-show.

  • Corvus

    Kirsten Stewart? Ouch. Though Kaya Scodelario's acting skills are there somewhere, did no one else see 'Skins'? The first two seasons, at least? (Ms Stewart's acting skills apparently exist also, I blame the directors first.)
    Otherwise, because I am old, I thought it was 'House of Stairs,' by W Sleaton, 1974, but apparently is just similar? Killing off pretty young people in inventive ways appears to be a new genre in filmmaking.

  • The book was absolutely dreadful, but while reading it I did have the sense it could make an okay movie from a visual standpoint. It was so, so bad. I wrote a very spoilery review of it on my blog.

  • lowercase_ryan

    gettin reeeeeeeeeeeeeal sick of your shit Copyright Law

  • "acts like Kristen Stewart. Minus the lip bite."

    That's like saying something is like a book without pages. Either nothing's left, or there's some deep metaphor going on.

  • LL

    Video's gone.

  • Irina

    Hunger Games > Maze Runner > Divergent (don't get me started on Veronica Roth's idea of a twist ending, which we all figured out at page 3 of the last book).

    Dylan O'Brien (especially as Void Stiles) >>>> everything. Here's my money.

  • emo_hobo

    He's worth every penny. I mean, I paid to see The Internship...

  • BettyNugs

    Wheresoever Dylan O'Brien go, go I also.

  • emo_hobo

    Preach it.

  • Naye

    He's the most deserving of anybody on Teen Wolf to be getting other roles; Im happy to see him finding regular work. He and the guy that plays Chris Argent, but Argent's looks put him in soap opera territory lol

  • BettyNugs

    I think Holland Roden does great work too and think Lydia is a great character. I still remember her from her tiny bit on Lost as John Locke's mother. Plus she's a babe.

  • Naye

    I like Holland. I think she could surprise us in a comedy, becuase even though she's plays mostly bitchy she reeks of charm.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    Saw a trailer for this last night. As an adult, I'm getting tired of these YA dystopic stories, but my 13-year-old daughter thought the trailer looked great and she's really the target audience for this stuff.

  • Naye

    Dylan O'Brien. I'm down automatically.

  • emo_hobo

    Nuff said.

  • Every actor I recognized is British, but sounds like we're in for a lot of bad american accents. Guess I need to start my free their accents campaign

  • Melina

    The first book is great but as you go through the trilogy you get NO answers!!

  • Kim Stephens

    I can't decide if this is a spoiler or just the best kind of warning. I'm grateful either way, I was thinking about picking these up but would rather avoid that kind of frustration.

  • As someone who has never read any Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games or any of the others, or seen any of the movies (except the first Hunger Games which I kind of liked), this actually doesn't look half bad. It gives the sense that it's a proper movie and not just a trashy, badly written story told visually instead of on paper. I'd probably go see this.

  • Naye

    Yea it actually does look like an interesting movie with or without the readership fanbase.

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