Movie Review: [The Maze Runner](movie:575895).
Directed By: Wes Ball & Douglas Cumming.
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Sangster and Patricia Clarkson.
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.
The Maze Runner is the latest of young adult novels to be adapted into a major motion picture and this one centers on a teenager that wakes up in a strange community whose home is surrounded by a gigantic maze. After Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) arrives and starts to get curious about the maze, things take a turn for the worst and the runner's must figure a way out of the maze as fast as possible.
I am generally not a fan of young adult movies because most of them don't turn out so well, but I am a fan of Harry Potter, Hunger Games etc. Unfortunately The Maze Runner is nothing new and its one of the most uninteresting and boring films I've seen all year.
I didn't enjoy The Maze Runner because it is a film that relies on its big twist at the end, as an audience member, you should be constantly guessing the twist, but unfortunately I guessed the big reveal at the very beginning, so what ensued was almost 2 hours of cliched characters, obvious plot twists and a completely conventional film.
When Thomas arrives in the maze he of course is the only one desperate to find answers and get out of the maze and because this is a young adult movie....there is obviously something special about him.
The Maze Runner starts out okay, and for about 15 minutes I was perfectly fine watching this film but then the actual plot starts to kick in and I knew every thing that was going to happen. This year alone we have had Divergent and The Giver....both films set in a future gone wrong where one brave and curious teen decides to spark a revolution and unfortunately also start a movie "franchise". The Maze Runner might be the most predictable and obvious young adult movie yet. Trust me when I say, everything you think will happen....happens. The movie does try to surprise you but because of many more similar films coming out all the time, everything is predictable. Perhaps I would have enjoyed "The Maze Runner" a little more if we didn't have The Hunger Games, The Giver or Divergent.
In the maze lies creatures called 'Grievers" who come out at night in the maze to pick off any runners who might not have made it out in time. At first, the 'Grievers' sounded quite interesting but when we get a full on look at the creature, it was almost comical because of the obvious CGI and poor design. If I was directing this film, I would have concealed the 'Grievers', given small hints of their appearance but never show them to the audience, because whats more terrifying than a monster you can't see? But instead we get a spider with robotic legs and they looked kind of ridiculous.
I will give the movie the good praise it is due though, the lead actor does a very good job in his role as do most of the other cast members. Unfortunately the actual characters aren't great but the actors in those roles do a fine job. Also the musical score by John Paesano really surprised me and its one I may listen to again. But other than that there is much to be desired with The Maze Runner.
In its concept, The Maze Runner could have been an interesting film, a mystery with a big reveal at the end and the stories over, I would have been fine with that. But of course, the big reveal at the end is just setting up for a sequel which has unfortunately already been green-lit. A character even says perhaps the most obvious sequel hinting line I've ever heard which had me involuntarily laughing out loud.
Prior to seeing The Maze Runner I had heard that the ending was very obvious and generic but I didn't think it would be as bad as it was. If you're a fan of films like Divergent and The Giver than perhaps you'll enjoy The Maze Runner but if you're like me and are fed up of the generic formula that these YA movies use, then I'd advise against seeing The Maze Runner. I am going to give the movie a C.
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