The Maze Runner
Run - Remember - Survive
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young 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.
ActorsStarring: Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Sangster, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Kaya Scodelario, Chris Sheffield, Joe Adler, Alexander Flores, Jacob Latimore, Randall D. Cunningham, Patricia Clarkson, Don McManus, Michael Bow, Jerry Clark, Michael Deville, Dylan Gaspard, Mark Gibson, Cory Gooding, Cazi Greene, Dustin Guitreau, Tyler Harrison, Landon Hazel, Gary Hood, Nick Killebrew, John Langston, Chad Martinez, Lester Millet, Sawyer Pierce, Weston Rachal, Bryce Romero, Johnny Stockwell, SanChavis Torns, Lane Westerhaus, Gentry Williams
Yet another teen movie about a dystopian future (is there any other kind in the movies these days?) in the spirit of The Hunger Games and Divergent, with a little bit of Lord of the Flies thrown in to boot.
It is not a terrible movie. The acting is strong enough, and with a significant budget ($34m) the SFX are certainly more than acceptable. But the storyline is just not engaging enough; the ‘why & what is really going on’ would be the interesting bit to lift this movie to another level, but unfortunately that is only touched upon, with a bit more of the veil lifted towards the end of the movie. A missed opportunity in my opinion.
Teens will probably enjoy it though; it is not boring, it is just not engaging enough. The sequel (Maze Runner: Scorch Trials) is currently filming, due September 2015. Maybe they’ll get to the interesting bit of the story then…?
- Does it have a hook? It could have had one, but they don’t use that bit of the story very well. So no, not really.
- Is it entertaining? Sure, but in a popcorny way only.
- Should you watch it? Whatever. No loss either way.
Cinematography: Decent, but never impressive.
Soundstage: Fine but there is no feeling of immersion.