As the great walls slowly close in, every inch of Minho disappears. On the other side of the wall, the community of Gladers just watch with fear and dread for their dear friend. But without a moment of hesitation, Thomas does the impossible. Dashing through the crowd of boys, he squeezes through every surface of the dirt- covered enclosure, only to realize that he is inside the maze…
Based on the science fiction trilogy by James Dashner, “The Maze Runner” brings us yet another action-filled survival film with an intensely compelling storyline. It’s like “Hunger Games“ plus “Lord of the Flies” fused together to bring us a movie with familiar elements to keep us on the edge of our seats. Throughout the story, there is an underlying sense of human empowerment, enabling us to see how survival, at the lowest point, can affect humans. There’s no doubt that viewers will root for the community to succeed against the unsolvable maze.
A community of young teens are sent to Glade to live … and try to survive. With mountainous walls surrounding the depths of the maze, shifting doors and mechanical creatures that roam the night, there is no room for mistakes. They are reminded day by day that there is something out there yet to be explored.
Viewers are hooked when the young protagonist, Thomas, is sent straight up to the community in an metal elevator. He is brought to Glade with no memory of his past life, other than his name. He soon finds out about the community’s purpose, but gradually he is more interested in the maze. Throughout the story, he realizes the secrets of the maze, allowing him and a group of other Gladers to inch closer to their escape. There are many other aspects to the maze, but you just have to watch to figure the secrets out.
Whether or not you’ve read “The Maze Runner,” you will love the solid thrill and constant adrenaline rush in the second half. Although it starts off slowly with an introduction to the plot, you will be in awe with the character development and decent acting.
While the movie kept me riveted to my seat, the book provides a more intense experience with more excitement, more intensity, and more meaning to the characters’ carefully sculpted personas. Having read the book, I expected better from the movie. But with the movie, fans are able to visualize the depressing situation the Gladers are forced to deal with. Thankfully, the movie wasn’t child friendly, maintaining the morbidity of the whole storyline.
Overall, reviews have been good. And it does not disappoint. Viewers who have not read the book will find the movie new and refreshing as a storyline. Fans of the book will be happy that the movie kept to the real story, but they will miss the intensity the book’s every word puts us through, and the underlying scary connection it brings us with human survival.
Novel Author: James Dashner
Director: Wes Ball
Screenplay Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin
Main Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Blake Cooper
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%