Monday, September 22, 2014

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

IMDB Storyline: Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "The Glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys.

My Thoughts:  This movie is based on the New York Times Best Seller, The Maze Runner, by James Dashner. I read the books and forced my friends at work to read as well so we all could go to see the movie. If I am honest the main reason why I wanted to see this movie was because on of the lead, Thomas, being played by Dylan O'Brien who stars on Teen Wolf. 

The movie is rated PG 13 and is surprisingly good. I know that it did not follow the book exactly and changed a few things but overall I enjoyed the creative liberties they decided to take with this movie. The movie has a lot more action in it than the book did and it was actually good. The action added a much needed element that helped the movie to be smooth. The movie ended with the possibility of a second so we shall see. 

The actors all did a wonderful job. Dylan O'Brien did a wonderful job as Thomas. Aml Ameen as Alby, Ki Hong Lee as Minho, Blake Cooper as Chuck, Dexter Darden as Frypan, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, Will Poulter as Gally, and Kaya Scodelario as Teresa. Oh, and the Grievers are way scarier on the big screen. I did not picture them as gruesome as they were in the movie. 

I recommend this movie for all those that enjoy the post apocalyptic young adult genre. Check the movie out and let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Post by Vikki
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