The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner staring Dylan O’Brien; (The Internship, The First Time, Teen Wolf *TV series) oh what fun this was!

In this fast paced adventure we have a sort of mix between ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. The movie opens where we find Thomas played by Dylan O’brian going up a dark elevator confused, afraid and with no memory. He emerges into a small patch of woodland inhabited by other young men who quickly fill Thomas (or the Greenie which is what they call new comers) in on what life is like in what they call ‘The Glade’. Once a month the elevator brings a new person in along with food and supplies and everybody has a job. The top job belongs to ‘The Runners’ who venture into the maze in the mornings once the doors open up and must make it back before nightfall when the doors close in hopes of finding an exit. No one survives a night in the Maze, which is inhabited by Grievers. A kind of mix between robots, spiders, scorpions and…aliens I guess. The leader of the rag-tag group is Alby played by Aml Ameen (Evidence, Red Tails, The Pick Up) who informs Thomas of the three rules, pull your own weight, treat everyone with respect, and, of course, never go into the maze.

Sooo, guess what Thomas does? Can you guess? He goes into the Maze! When a rescue mission goes wrong Thomas finds himself actually locked in the Maze with an unconscious Alby and Minho played by Ki Hong Lee (Yellow Face, The Nine Lives of Chloe King *TV Series, MotherLover *TV Series) and the three have to fight to stay alive for the night against a Griever. But after that night when the doors open again everything has changed. No one has ever stayed the night in the maze and survived and suddenly everyone’s view of Thomas is split: he’s either our hero or the cause of our demise and Mr. Will Poulter (Wild Bill, We’re the Millers, Son of Rambow) who plays Gally is the head of the Anti-Thomas group.  Then a girl suddenly shows up; Teresa played by Kaya Scodelario (Moon, Clash of the Titans, The Truth about Emanuel) who knows Thomas by name and is loaded with a mysterious medicine and a cryptic note and  more questions without answers begin to populate.

There’s only one place to go to get the answers. Through the Maze.

The greatest thing with this story is the mystery behind it. It’s not just the adventure, excitement and the thick tension of the movie even though all that’s great. It’s the reason hidden behind it. The race through the maze is a fun ride the fact that the maze moves and changes and that there are Grievers lurking in the corners heightens the thrill. My only down-note on the film is that the story still leaves us with many questions left unanswered and the fact that there’s a…wait for it…impending sequel which we’ll have to catch to get to those answers. Remember back in the day when you could go into the theater and get the FULL movie? Remember that? …Yeah. Also some scenes may come off as…I’m gonna say predictable. You can kinda tell who’s going to die based on their role and/or their lines.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action including some disturbing imaging.

Rotten Tomatoes has given The Maze Runner a 63% fresh. Hey, I’ll take those numbers.

You’ll be doing yourself a grave injustice by not seeing this movie on the big screen. Visually stunning with heart-pounding movie gold. Although…if you didn’t see it I wouldn’t blame you because…honestly another saga to follow…*sigh*. But for the sake of finding that really cool, fun end-of-the-summer hit. This’d be the one.