Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kayla Scodelario, Will Poulter
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Rated: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Australian Release: 18 September 2014
Last week I was lucky enough to win a double pass to The Maze Runner thanks to Dymocks Australia. Having devoured The Maze Runner by James Dashner and its two sequels last weekend, I was eagerly anticipating this book-to-film adaption to be released. Not only for the actors, *cough* Dylan O’Brien *cough* but also because it was a damn good book.
For those of you who haven’t read the bestselling YA novel and have no idea what on earth this movie is about… here’s the sitch.
Think Lord Of The Flies meets The Hunger Games in this dystopian tale of friendship, survival and death. Thomas is the latest arrival to a community of teenage boys who have all been deposited by elevator, once a month, into a small forest known as ‘The Glade’. Knowing nothing of the past but their name, the boys have spent the last two years searching the Maze that surrounds them for an escape or for some clue of who put them there and why. Only able to search by day, the chosen ‘runners’ must make it through the Maze and back before dusk or else the horrifying ‘Grievers’ will tear them limb from limb. The boys have begun to lose all hope of escape until the arrival of a comatose girl, Theresa, which sparks an irreversible change in their world.
The Maze Runner is gripping, violent and intense. The fast paced action sequences were executed amazingly and the general scenery of the film was really well done. Director Wes Ball has clearly made a valiant effort at following the narrative of the book, however there are quite a few changes. Admittedly, these changes do make more sense when you consider the time restrictions a film is under and only really serve to make the more difficult concepts easier to understand, for those who haven’t read the book.
Dylan O’Brien was the PERFECT Thomas. I promise I’m being as unbiased as possible here, but seriously, his acting was unbelievably impressive as he successfully managed to clearly depict the turmoil, confusion and curiosity of the book Thomas. And LORD he must have had to train so hard for this movie… all that running!
Dylan’s co-stars were equally impressive. From Will Poulter as Gally to Aml Ameen as Alby and Ki Hong Lee as Minho… this film is exceptionally well cast and each actor does their character justice.
My one qualm would be the depiction of Theresa played by Kaya Scodelario although I’m not sure if it’s her acting or more about the way she’s been written. (I’ll leave that for you to decide) In the book she seemed (in my opinion) to be lot more tough and assertive, but in the film she was much more passive. This was a definite disappointment as I feel like the film trivalised her role to the point where it felt like she was a minor character.
I could talk a lot more about the changes they made… but I won’t because I’ll either bore everyone or spoil the movie for those who haven’t read the book…and we don’t want either of those to happen!
Overall I really loved the movie. However, I feel like I would have liked it more if I hadn’t read the book so close to watching the movie. I just couldn’t get past the changes they had made… even if they were for the better. I’d definitely recommend everyone go see it if they get a chance… it’s two hours of pure dystopian fun, a fantastic plot and very good looking boys. What more could you want in a movie?
This is definitely going to be the next big blockbuster and I really hope it does well… we need them to make The Scorch Trials!
Thanks to Dymocks Australia for the double pass to see The Maze Runner.
What are your thoughts about the movie? Are you guys interested to see it? If you’ve seen The Maze Runner already, what did you think? Did you like the changes they made?
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