Trailer Watch – ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’, ‘Pixels’, ‘Pan’ & ‘We Are Your Friends’ 0 21

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It’s Trailer Watch time once more, where we collate all the major trailers of the day into one easily digestible dose! Today we have Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Pixels, Pan and We Are Your Friends. So let’s crack on, shall we?

First up we have the brand new first trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the moderately successful young adult fantasy movie from last year. Here’s the plot (SPOILER WARNING: Only read on if you’ve seen the first Maze Runner movie):

After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers – led by the heroic Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) – now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

“The Maze is one thing but you kids wouldn’t last one day out in the Scorch.”

Check out the brand new, action-packed trailer below, which introduces us to a crucial new adult character being played by Game of Thrones’ Aiden Gillen:

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails is released on September 18th this year.

Next we have a new promo trailer for Pixels, the upcoming sci-fi action comedy from director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 & 2, Home Alone) about a world under attack from aliens who, due to a crippling misunderstanding from a time capsule we launched into space decades prior, appear in the form of classic video game characters like Pacman, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong. It stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean and a hilariously mulleted Peter Dinklage.

Check out the promo below:

Pixels invades UK cinemas on August 12th.

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Moving on we have a new trailer for Pan, the upcoming big-budget Peter Pan origin story directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna) and starring the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Cara Delevingne, Garret Hedlund (as the man who will become Captain Hook) and Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard.

The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Watch the new official trailer below:

Pan is released on October 16th this year.

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Last up we have the first trailer for We Are Your Friends, a new drama starring Zac Efron as an asprising DJ who tries to make it in the competitive L.A. electronic music scene. It comes to us from first time feature director Max Joseph, who has previously worked on Catfish: The TV Show and has made videos and documentary shorts before embarking on his first big film.

Get ready to have your heart rate raised to 128bpms and check out the trailer below:

We Are Your Friends also stars Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley, Jon Bernthal and Jonny Weston. It drops on August 28th.

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Which of these films are you looking forward to most?

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I'm a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 10 years of experience writing for various different reputable online and print publications. In addition to my running, editing and writing for Thoughts On Film, I am also the film critic for The National, the newspaper that supports an independent Scotland, covering the weekly film releases, film festivals and film-related features. I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Movie Review 0 26

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This is a guest review by Maria Ramos. Note: Review contains some spoilers for the first Maze Runner movie.

While not as well-known as The Hunger Games or even The Divergent series, The Maze Runner trilogy has become popular among readers interested in dystopian fiction in recent years, especially once the movie adaptation was announced. The first film in the series, titled simply The Maze Runner, did surprisingly well for not having any A-list stars in the cast. It had interesting characters, a unique take on its post-apocalyptic premise and a great mix of action scenes and plot development.

So it was no surprise that the second book in the series, The Scorch Trialsalso received the film treatment. Released this year, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, continues the adventures of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), and the other survivors of the first film, as they find themselves fighting new enemies and a new dangerous landscape they must escape.

Picking up mere minutes after the first movie left off, The Scorch Trials brings Thomas and the others into a facility that is supposed to keep them safe from WCKD. Led by Mr. Janson (Aidan Gillen), the Gladers are told that they are not the only Maze survivors, and that they and the other groups are now safe in the facility. But soon Thomas realizes that safety is just an illusion as Janson is actually working for WCKD, performing experiments on the Maze survivors to see why the Flare virus that has infected the world doesn’t seem to affect them.

The Gladers make a daring escape from Janson’s facility, only to find themselves in a barren wasteland known as The Scorch. Here they are at risk from Cranks – the flesh-eating zombie-like creatures infected by the Flare – as well as WCKD itself.

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While the first adaptation stayed fairly faithful to its source material, readers of the second book might notice early on that the film version of The Scorch Trials made some big changes. Gone is the telepathic link between Thomas and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the only female Glader. Also gone is the use of the Scorch as a testing ground for the immune teenagers. Instead they are taken to a lab and strung up like sides of beef to have their blood and immune systems tested.

Most notably, when they head out into the Scorch it is only as a means of escape and to find the Right Arm, not to find out why they are immune to the Flare while so many others are not. While not all changes from the book to the film are prominent, this change works against the story, as it removes the explanation as for why Thomas and his companions are in the area in the first place. And with a cliffhanger ending, it almost makes it seem like The Scorch Trials is just an action-packed means to connect the first film with the planned third film in the trilogy.

Each post-apocalyptic story has its own version of how the world ends, and each one seeks to show a unique version of how a new world order will or has begun. The Maze Runner series focuses less on global war and nuclear weapons wiping out most of humanity, and instead uses unprecedented solar flares and a highly infectious disease that turns humans into monsters. While the devastation in the series has only been a ‘what-if’ scenario in recent years, we can draw parallels to our own erosion of the ozone layer mainly through our continued dependency on traditional energy providers versus renewable sources .

Whether the cause of the apocalypse be war or human-created destruction, it is obvious that whatever happened has left the world a barren, desolate place where only monsters can thrive. With the real world suffering from climate change caused by reliance on unsustainable fuels, it isn’t too far of a stretch to believe reality could soon mimic the world of The Scorch Trials and other dystopian films. While that fate is hopefully a long time coming, you won’t have the wait too long to find out what happens to Thomas and gang. The Death Cure, the third and final film in the trilogy featuring returning director Wes Ball, is set for a February 17, 2017 release date.

Watch: Incredible New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ 0 22

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We don’t usually post trailers individually – saving them for the Trailer Watch – but this one was just too good to pass up.

The Revenant is the new film from acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who most recently won an Oscar for Birdman. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a tale of a forntierman in 1820 who sets out on a path of vengeance who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

We already had one amazing teaser trailer, now check out the equally great new trailer below:

Could this be the film that finally wins Leo his Best Actor Oscar? Quite possibly!

The Revenant is set for release in the UK on January 15th, 2016.