Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Directed: Wes Ball
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this, but surprisingly I did. Not having read any of the books before hand I’ll make sure to pick up the sequel, The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trails.
The series written by James Dashner is aimed at a teenage market. Although age means nothing to anyone who enjoys delving into a unique adventure.
Its backdrop is yet another dystopian society (not unique), surely this is getting boring now? However, when you get into it, The Maze Runner develops itself into a winning formula for suspense and adventure.
Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) has no memory when he is freed from an elevator and thrust into the lush green surroundings called the Glade.
The Glade is flanked on each side by huge concrete walls which are part of an intricate maze. No one has been able to escape in over three years, and all the boys, called Gladers, live in harmony abiding to a simple set of rules.
These rules are thrown into chaos as an inquisitive Thomas wonders about the possibility of escape. This leads to a split in the camp and friends soon start to turn on each other.
As the Gladers live a quiet life a small group called ‘runners’ sprint into the maze on a daily basis looking for a way out. Taking notes on each twist and turn, timing everything to the second.
The maze walls close at sundown leaving anyone not quick enough to get back trapped over night with the terrifying Grievers (you have to be paying attention as there is a name for almost everything).
It has a distinct Lord of the Flies feel to it. The main characters, many of whom are not well known, help to build a decent story. Thomas of course, Gally (Poulter) the questionable and aggressive brute. Alby (Aml Ameen) the leader and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) the non-judgemental voice of reason.
Visually it’s pretty decent, debutant director Wes Ball captures the excitement and drama in unusual surroundings. I was really drawn into the story with the burning intrigue to know why they are there, and who put them there.
Scenes inside the maze are solid, plenty of nifty CGI. Whether it’s fending off Grievers or running for a last closing gap in the wall, it does the job expected of an action adventure.
The closer the film edges to its conclusion (but not a conclusion to the bigger picture) a little more is revealed. The final act wobbles momentarily, encompassing a scene that was set up mid way through and offering no surprise whatsoever.
I thought it was one of the better teenage driven films to be adapted from a book. I’m not particularly a fan of The Hunger Games or Divergent but I imagine The Maze Runner has a lot more to give.
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