Jul 30, 2015

    More intrigue and running in Scorch Trials trailer

    POST-APOCALYPTIC films seem to be all the rage these days. Enter the latest entry, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.

    The second trailer for the young-adult film, a sequel to last year's The Maze Runner, was released last Thursday and offers up more intrigue.

    In the first movie, protagonist Thomas (Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien) and a group of other amnesiac youngsters escape from a huge maze to find themselves in a desert.

    They also learn that their ordeal was an experiment. But before they can make sense of what's going on, they're herded into a helicopter and transported to a ruined city.

    In the new trailer for The Scorch Trials, based on the second instalment of a book series by James Dashner, Thomas and friends end up in a mysterious complex. There's talk of a virus that threatens to wipe out humanity. But the complex is supposedly "safe".

    Things take a turn for the worse when Thomas figures out that the people running the complex can't be trusted. Some mad-scientist lab scenes later, Thomas and gang make a run for it.

    They try to evade capture in a crumbling city and meet friendly desert dwellers, one of whom recognises Thomas.

    The first movie did fairly well at the box office, going by figures from Box Office Mojo. The Maze Runner raked in US$340 million (S$464 million) worldwide, besting the US$289 million for another dystopian young-adult film released in the same year, Divergent. But it's still behind 2012's The Hunger Games, which made US$691 million.

    Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials opens in Singapore on Sept 10.