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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner

Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Sangster, Aml Ameen

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by pie... read more read more...cing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. (c) Fox

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  • fb733768972
    September 19, 2014
    Whether or not you walk out loving or hating "The Maze Runner," you can definitely say that you had a blast during the build up to what is actually going on with the Maze. The film is lead by some great performances by some breakout stars and I can honestly say that I was enthral... read moreled almost the whole way through. "The Maze Runner" is genuine in all it sets out to accomplish, and even though there are a few generic and cliched elements throughout (notably the conclusion), it is an extremely fun and intense ride that will have you hooked. The sound design was incredible and I felt like I was running through the maze with them and I could not wait to see the outcome. There are a few lame lines of dialogue and the ending may not be the best in the world, but I would still tell people this is a great film."The Maze Runner" has it's issues, but it is very very well made.
  • September 19, 2014
    Alby: If you ain't scare, you ain't human.

    At this point, seeing another YA novel adapted into a film only brings up so much excitement. Part of it comes from there being only so many of these types of books I want to see as films and the other part is pretty simple: lots of t... read morehese films are fairly dull and too focused on being a franchise-starter first, an enjoyable film second. I had no real opinion on The Maze Runner going into it. I have not read this book series, the cast is made up of younger actors I have seen in some things, but haven't regarded as 'the next big thing', and there is a rookie director at the helm. Keeping all of this in mind, it would be easy for me to go into the flaws of the logic in a movie like this or even how it could have handled certain aspects regarding dramatic tension better, but honestly, I had a good time watching this film. The Maze Runner has a key thing going for it and that is consistency. It is not overlong, it is decently acted, features effective enough visuals, builds its tension and mystery well, and has a serious tone that does not come off as cheesy. This may not be the next big triumph for YA novel film adaptations, but it is far from the worst.

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  • September 21, 2014
    I went to see this movie in a leap of faith. I hadn't heard about the books and had seen the trailer one day prior to watching it. As it had no star actors to support it I was hoping on a good story and thankfully that was what I got. The story was solid and interesting. Looking ... read moreforward for the sequel.
  • fb1025970122
    September 21, 2014
    Young adult literary adaptations have become as much a genre to themselves as the super hero or comic book movie. They exist in a vacuum where many of the same rules apply to the different worlds being brought to life. As of late, and meaning after the breakthrough of Harry Potte... read morer, the solidification of Twilight and the confirmation of not simply being a fad by The Hunger Games, we have received several female-led, dystopian-set tales of rebellion and individualism that employ fantastical creatures and environments to communicate their bigger themes to the youth of today. In all honesty, I've enjoyed a great deal of them for either their tone (Beautiful Creatures) or extent of creativity (Divergent) while others have been downright terrible (Mortal Instruments). While it may be easy to spot a YA adaptation from a mile away these days it doesn't mean the trend is fading, in fact it is the opposite, for if anything it feels these types of titles are just ramping-up in the way that studios have finally found solid ground on which to build these series hopefuls. It is in the same vein that it took Marvel nearly a decade to establish their own cinematic universe after the X-Men hit the screen for the first time, but now that wehave a type of blueprint things are moving much faster. No matter the eventual box office return, the feature adaptation of a popular teen-lit series can't presently be labeled as a bad idea and thus we have been brought The Maze Runner. Based on a series of four books (which, if successful, will eventually mean five movies) by James Dashner this is the first real departure for the genre since becoming an institution that deviates from the formula of female lead in a failing, dystopian societal structure. Instead, what we are given is a very stripped down, human survival story with plenty of mystery surrounding the circumstances to keep audiences intrigued as our host of characters slowly peel back layers of the secrets within twisting both our expectations and hopes while consistently keeping us engaged in its proceedings. It is as much an accomplishment as any non-branded, non-sequel movie to hit theaters these days and become a hit as it is for the first installment of a YA adaptation to stand completely on its own while still setting itself up for more stories and if The Maze Runner has a single great strength, that is it.

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  • September 20, 2014
    The Maze Runner begins in pitch-black, and the first thing we hear is a panicked gasp. We then see a young man in a fearful state as he cautiously observes a metal cage he is in, which is being thrust upward. He emerges from the cage onto land, filled with other boys. He is in a ... read morecomplete state of hysteria and is unsure or where he is or what is happening. He cannot even remember his own name. This atmosphere sets the suspense caliber high for the film, right from the start, and this tension is felt prominently as the plot progresses. (Unless you've read the book.)

    If any of your friends or family members were rushing to see The Maze Runner, it is likely they are devout fans of the young adult novels by James Dashner, who has completed two sequels and one prequel in the Maze Runner Series. As expected, the theaters have been filled with his literary fan base and the intrigued gapers of the film's trailers and TV spots (include me here).

    Not knowing what to expect is what makes The Maze Runner such a deliriously exciting movie-going experience. For the book-readers, it is a chance to see the book come to life in an entirely vivid way. The film is an agitating mindbender, and it is one that gives clues very rarely. Here is what is known: A large group of boys have been surviving on a circular land, surrounded by immense gray walls. There is no form of escape.

    The boys call the land The Glade, and there is a mysterious maze that lies in the center of the land. Our protagonist learns the rules and manners of The Glade while inquiring greatly about entering the maze. This eventually escalates to a physical dispute with a boy named Gally, who does not believe he should be a "runner," and our protagonist remembers his name as his head hits the floor during the fight-Thomas. His name is Thomas, and all of his memories are gone, as are those of the other boys. The only memory they are allowed to keep is their names. Who is doing this to them?

    Maze Runner is much more dense than simply "who." It is also a film about hierarchy in an area with what appears to be supernatural behavior. There are numerous plot twists and character backgrounds that eventually come into light, creating a complete piece of intellectually stimulating and action-packed cinema.

    Yes, the film has its faults. The dialog, at times, is quite atrocious. The lines may be worded horridly or too simple-mindedly, throwing the flow of the film off-balance. But that gets into the script blaming, then book blaming, and that is a literary road leading nowhere-because regardless, it is a fantastic film.

    The Maze Runner is an enchantingly grim tale of deceit, rebellion, and power. This is largely thanks to the execution of its artistic and profoundly imaginative style, with brilliantly action-packed sequences starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and an eclectic cast of testosterone-pumped young men. There is a sci-fi element in The Maze Runner as well, adding an entire dimension of lunacy and suspense to its already dystopian ambiance. It is a film that must be deciphered in terms of its supernatural aspects, sequential aspects, secretive aspects, and-okay, no more possible spoilers. Regardless of its faults, The Maze Runner is an impressive genre-bender that keeps you hooked from Thomas's first gasp in the dark at the film's beginning to its climactic and perilous finale.
  • September 20, 2014
    Wasn't your typical "oh I'm in a maze" movie. I was very pleased and throughout the entire movie kept asking what's next. Most movies with a similar premise always leave a lot of questions unanswered and simply rely on the action to keep people interested, but this answered every... read more question (why,how,who). They finished the move perfectly with a complete ending and not a partial week cliffhanger. Really good
  • fb677587177
    September 19, 2014
    I haven't read the books yet, and I'm really hoping I'm not disappointed in the movie after doing so, because as of today, I absolutely loved it. I immediately bought the books after seeing it. The level of suspense was phenomenal, and the effects are damn near perfect. I will de... read morefinitely be seeing this again.
  • September 19, 2014
    One of the longest book trailers in history, suspenseful yet ultimately unsatisfying even as prologue.

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