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: