Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Blake Cooper
Directed By: Wes Ball
Written By: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 53 min
It seems Hollywood isn’t quite ready to let go of this young-adult dystopian science fiction trend just yet. Because here we are, again. Another popular novel, and another set of teens thrown into a controlled environment for nefarious reasons. A mystery, perhaps a conspiracy, and a set of challenges to overcome to satisfy an unseen puppet master hiding behind a wall.
Despite how familiar The Maze Runner feels, I found it to be a solid time at the theater, though some of the character relationships aren’t developed as much as I would like, which guts the emotional impact of the finale. The gathering of personalities seems pretty typical too, and even if you haven’t read the book this film is based on, you shouldn’t have a hard time picking out the characters that will not be in the sequel. The mystery plot on the other hand is very nicely delivered. Providing juicy titbits of information at steady and regular intervals to keep you hooked on the story.
The young cast are very impressive, and the all important lead role is superbly handled by Dylan O’Brien. He does a great job as our man on the ground. Leading us into this story, exploring its possibilities and rules, and ultimately leading us beyond the wall to explore.
If you’ve enjoyed films like, The Hunger Games and Divergent, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be entertained by The Maze Runner. It delivers enough thrills to be entertaining, and leaves enough out of the larger story to perhaps get you excited for a sequel. The box office friendly PG-13 rating does dull the more intense action involving the large bio-mechanic creatures, aka, Grievers, but I still wouldn’t recommend this for really young kids.
The movie is well shot, but not totally a must see on the big screen. If you can wait, a HD showing at home on your TV will service this film well enough.
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