The first footage from YouTube Red’s new film The Thinning didn’t inspire a ton of confidence, but the full trailer actually looks like a cheesy-fun thrill ride.
The story is cut directly from the same cloth (literally) as Divergent and The Hunger Games, and is set in a world where the government uses a test to determine who are the smartest teens — and only the best survive. The story follows two students played by Disney and YouTube stars Peyton List and Logan Paul as they discover a conspiracy surrounding the test, and the duo take on a mission to bring down the system.
Now that we finally get to see some footage, it’s obvious they’re drawing heavily from the young adult genre fare that’s come before for inspiration. You can pretty much guess this thing out beat-by-beat but if you dig the genre, it could be a fun little distraction anyway. Or it could always just be terrible.
The Thinning premieres October 12 on YouTube Red.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think: