This week has been ripe with dire predictions for the future of mankind, so it is perhaps fitting that the upcoming fall movie season is dominated by gloomy dystopian scenarios, natural disasters, and survivalist tactics.
The Hunger Games series is wrapping up in November with the fourth and final installment in the franchise, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. (Speedy synopsis: In a not-so-distant future where killing is sport and society is ruled by the top one percent, Jennifer Lawrence must save the world by battling an evil dictator.) Mockingjay Part 1 was not without its problems. In many ways the movie suffered from classic narrative build-up syndrome (focusing solely on creating the right setting for the final movie), but judging by the new trailer we’re going to see an extremely gratifying end to the saga. We don’t actually see Katniss Everdeen interact with Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland), but there’s a showdown coming for sure.
The Maze Runner was met with some skepticism when the first installment came out last year, but the newly released trailer for the sequel, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, makes a pretty convincing argument for seeing this movie. Based on James Dashner’s YA trilogy of the same name, Maze Runner was very similar in setup to The Hunger Games, at least when it comes to the whole teenagers-marooned-in-a-mysterious-maze-where-they-must-fight-for-survival thing. The series isn’t exactly reinventing the narrative wheel, but where the first movie focused on the existentially claustrophobic setting of the maze, the sequel broadens the scope, inviting the viewer to experience the world outside as the protagonists escape their prison. Needless to say, it’s not pretty.
As a bonus we also get Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger) playing the part of the new villain, so if you’re thirsting for Game of Thrones this should tide you over.