Divergent has faded into our collective rearview, and the next installment of The Hunger Games doesn’t drop until November, so what’s a fan of dystopian teen-centric science fiction to do? Don’t worry, 20th Century Fox’s The Maze Runner will be here September 19 to give your fix. All the pieces are in place: it’s based on a best selling novel, the heroes are all young folks in mortal peril, and there’s an all-controlling force that looms over everything. An evil government doesn’t figure quite as prominently into the mix as in other similar YA titles, but it’s there if you look. After showing the film and releasing a collection of posters and new trailer on the heels of San Diego Comic-Con, there’s this new clip give you another glimpse into this world.
Directed by Wes Ball and adapted from James Dashner’s novel, The Maze Runner revolves around Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf), a young man who wakes up in a place called the Glade, penned in by high walls, with no idea of who he is or where he came from. Occupied exclusively by adolescent boys in a similar situation, the walls of the Glade open up every morning to reveal an extensive, ever-changing maze, and close up every night. Thomas’ arrival signals all kinds of craziness, as shortly after a young woman named Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) shows up. Not only is she the first female ever in the Glade, but she remembers Thomas from the outside.
This clip picks up after Thomas arrives. Alby (Aml Ameen), the other boy in this footage, is the de facto leader of the gang of boys, which always teeters on the verge of a Lord of the Flies situation. He shows the new guy around, and as you can see, the wall and the maze play a big part in what you see here. More than anything, this short look lays out the set up and gives you an idea of what the world of the film looks like.
Reading the book, I wasn’t super impressed, but it’s definitely one of those situations where you can imagine that the words on the page could translate into a fun movie. The narrative is paced well and the story is full of action, and when you add a unique setting and interesting base, there’s potential that The Maze Runner could be an entertaining addition to your September viewing schedule.
The screening at Comic-Con was met with overwhelmingly positive responses. You have to take into account that the crowd was composed of already existing fans, people willing to wait in line for hours to see a movie, but if nothing else, it sounds like the film satisfies people who enjoyed the book. Now if they can only draw in a wider audience, too, they might really have something on their hands.