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The young actors were surprised at just how action-packed the sequel was.
After The Maze Runner became a sleeper hit, the cast knew they'd be back for films based on the next two novels by John Dashner. First up was The Scorch Trials, which throws the plucky group of teens into various post-apocalyptic locations outside that maze.
'The Scorch Trials' is the second chapter in this teen dystopia franchise
The leader of the ensemble is Thomas, played by Dylan O'Brien, who rose to fame on the TV series Teen Wolf. The Scorch Trials has a lot more action than The Maze Runner, and he found it a challenge. "What's funny is on Teen Wolf they'll never get me a stunt double," O'Brien laughs, "because it's a money thing and it's not like I'm ever doing a wolf flip or anything. They'll be like, 'Just fall down the stairs.' On this I have a stunt double, but it's never really anything extreme. It's always something that would work better if I do it, which I think is really important to the spirit of the book. I also love doing stunt stuff and action stuff. But I didn't think it would be more running. This film has me running everywhere."
Continue reading: The Scorch Trials Reunites Its Teen Cast Led By Dylan O'Brien
After the rather lacklustre teen-dystopia adventure The Maze Runner, the action continues in this equally gimmicky sequel. It's the middle episode in novelist James Dashner's trilogy, so it lacks a proper narrative structure, building through a series of action sequences that put our heroes into jeopardy. But the film never develops any suspense because writer T.S. Nowlin and director Wes Ball never bother to properly develop the characters or find an original approach to the action.
After escaping from the Maze, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his friends (including Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Dexter Darden) find themselves in the Scorch, a wasteland created by some sort of environmental catastrophe. They're rescued by Janson (Aidan Gillen) and taken into a sort of halfway house for lost teens, where Thomas meets Aris (Jacob Lofland), a loner who knows something nefarious is going on. Sure enough, the monolithic corporation WCKD, run by Ava (Patricia Clarkson), is using these kids because they are immune to the disease that's turning people into Cranks who maraud across the landscape. To avoid this fate, Thomas and crew plot an escape, fleeing into a devastated city, where they meet Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) and feisty teen Brenda (Rosa Salazar). Pursued by WCKD, they travel on into the mountains in search of a safe haven.
Yes, this has essentially become a zombie thriller now, as the Cranks chase the kids even more relentlessly than Janson and WCKD do. The problem is that everything about this film feels familiar, from crowds of The Walking Dead to The Day After Tomorrow's abandoned shopping mall to Transformers 3's tilting skyscraper. As with the first film, the dialogue overflows with corny mythology in which everything given an ominous, cool-sounding name. It's all so constructed that it sounds utterly artificial. And the derivative action sequences are directed without even a hint of realism.
Continue reading: The Scorch Trials Review
Having played no part at all in 2011's On Stranger Tides, Bloom will be returning to the cast for Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017.
Great news for fans of Pirates Of The Caribbean as Disney has confirmed that Orlando Bloom will be returning to the cast for the fifth instalment. The announcement was revealed at Disney’s D23 expo on Saturday (August 15th) after the star himself had previously expressed uncertainty as to whether he would get the nod.
Bloom, of course, was missing from the fourth movie On Stranger Tides back in 2011, having played Will Turner, one of the franchise’s central characters, in the first three movies dating back to 2003. But it seems now that his role will be revived in some way for the 2017 release Dead Men Tell No Tales alongside Johnny Depp’s eternal favourite Captain Jack Sparrow.
Orlando Bloom will be taking part in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'
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Having overcome a series of deadly encounters in the box-office smash The Maze Runner, this much-anticipated second chapter in the dystopian young-adult series finds Thomas and his fellow Gladers facing their greatest challenge yet, as they search for clues about the sinister organisation known as WCKD. Their mission takes them to a desolate landscape called the Scorch, where they face new dangers at every turn. Teaming up with resistance fighters, they must take on WCKD's powerful forces in an attempt to uncover the organisation's shocking plans for these young heroes.
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Following their supposed escape from the monster infested maze, the surviving Gladers led by Thomas are taken to an underground facility in the wake of a devastating solar flare known as The Scorch that has left the vast majority of the population infected with a disease called the Flare, but little do they know they are about to enter Phase Two. Soon they begin to realise that they're still part of WCKD's dastardly experiment and they must find a way to escape once and for all or risk more of them dying untimely deaths. They are warned about the dangers of entering the barren wasteland that has become the rest of the world, but they have no choice if they want freedom. Cities have been overtaken by sand dunes, but they soon about to discover yet more unfathomable horrors that lie before them.
There's nothing particularly original or insightful to set this teen-dystopia thriller apart from the crowd, but strong characters will build some anticipation for the next instalment in the franchise. Unusually for the genre, the film also has a remarkably masculine tone, centring on boyish jostling for control while leaving the women in just two small-but-pivotal roles. On the other hand, it's to thinly plotted that it's pretty forgettable.
The story opens in a scene of disorientation, as teen Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) emerges into the Glade, unable to remember anything about himself or his past. He's the monthly arrival to a community of boys anchored by Alby (Aml Ameen) and the runners who dash into the maze beyond the four tall walls that close in their isolated world. But the maze is full of dangers, and paranoid leader Gally (Will Poulter) thinks Thomas is jeopardising the status quo with his curiosity, bravery and desire to get out. As divisions appear in the community, the game itself seems to be changing as monsters called grievers become more aggressive. Thomas finds allies in Gally's second-in-command Newt (Brodie-Sangster), the lead runner Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and cheery youngster Chuck (Blake Cooper). Then a girl (Kaya Scodelario) arrives carrying a note that says, "She is the last one EVER." And now everyone knows that nothing will be the same again.
Essentially this is Lord of the Flies with the nasty bits taken out, as these boys create a relatively peaceful society until Thomas' arrival signals an apocalypse within the post-apocalypse. Through it all, Thomas has dreams revealing snippets of information about what's really going on here and who's pulling the strings (the fabulous Patricia Clarkson). Meanwhile, he has to learn the mythology of the Glade, which is carefully explained in painfully obvious dialogue ("That's what we call 'the changing'").
Continue reading: The Maze Runner Review
Aidan Gillen has been cast as the main protagonist in the sequel to 'The Maze Runner'.
Aidan Gillen, the actor best known for his role as Lord Petyr Baelish A.K.A. Littlefinger on Game of Thrones, has been cast as the villain in the upcoming sequel to The Maze Runner.
Aiden Gillen will appear in The Maze Runner sequel.
The movie based on James Dashner's novel looks set to beat Liam Neeson’s ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’ for the box office top spot.
The Maze Runner is predicted to top the US box office this weekend, with estimated earnings of $24million. The young-adult thriller opened on Friday (September 20th) to mixed reviews, but it seems US moviegoers have chosen it this weekend over Liam Neeson’s latest offering, A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Dylan O'Brien leads the cast in The Maze Runner
Starring Dylan O'Brien of ‘Teen Wolf’ and ‘Skins’ Kaya Scoderlario, The Maze Runner is hoping to cash in on the popular young adult market, which made millions for franchises such as the Hunger Games and Twilight.
Can The Maze Runner live up to the expectations of so many fans?
The Maze Runner, an adaption of the first book in James Dashner's young-adult post-apocalyptic trilogy, hits theaters this weekend and appears to offer something more engaging than recent YA efforts, Divegent, The Giver and If I Stay.
Dylan O'Brien stars in 'The Maze Runner'
With a talented and energetic cast including Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Will Poulter, The Maze Runner follows sixteen-year-old Thomas, who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He soon learns that he's in the middle of a complex and intricate maze with a group of other boys, each trying to navigate their way out while in the meantime establishing a functioning society.
Continue reading: 'The Maze Runner' Is The Best "Hunger Games Wannabe" Yet
After awakening in a rising elevator with no memory of who he is or what his life was, Thomas finds himself deposited in a strange clearing surrounded by high walls. He is greeted by around 60 other boys, all teenagers, who inform him about their life in The Glade where they are forced to fend for themselves in order to survive. The only escape is a colossal surrounding maze that is frequented everyday by the runners who map out the labyrinth in a bid to find their way out. However, of course nothing is that simple and the boys are not alone in there. Infesting the twists and turns are brutal creatures known as Grievers who will stop at nothing to wipe out the Glade inhabitants. Things get more complicated when the first girl arrives in their midst; the boys are reluctant to trust her especially with the unusual message she presents to them.
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