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The Maze Runner is a movie based on the book written by James Dashner. It is part of a trilogy. The other books include The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. I have not read the books.
So far, the film's reviews have been mixed, but this didn't stop me from seeing it because other movies that I really liked also received poor ratings (Good Neighbors, Young Adult, Lady in the Water, etc.)
I will admit that the plot is not great and the monologue regarding the world's dystopia at the end of the movie is a thin stretch. Although The Maze Runner is science-fiction, we have reached an era in which pushing fiction too far is no longer acceptable for serious films (Sharknado is of course fine). The maze and the society are interesting, but the basic plot elements yield nothing that's terribly original. For example, if you include a key and a locked door in your story, I'll become immediately annoyed with your unoriginal plot mechanism. (I will elaborate in the comments with spoilers if anyone asks).
The visuals and cinematography are really good. As someone with a background in 3D modeling and animation, I was impressed with some effects and can't even imagine how many people it took to build all of the environments. The vastness of the maze is real, though they do seem to cross the space rather quickly in the film.
I didn't think the acting was very good overall. The everyday happy nature of the trapped boys living in the middle of monsters didn't work for me. The maze and its sense of wonder and horror come through, but other than that, I didn't find the interactions very believable. These kids should be CRAZY and primal. Why aren't they?
Should You See The Maze Runner?
If you go to the movies for state-of-the-art-visuals, I don't think that The Maze Runner will disappoint and it is probably a better theater movie than rental. However, if good acting and originality are important, you may consider reading the book, or skipping the title altogether. For $9.00, I didn't regret seeing the movie.
What did you think of the Maze Runner?
Did you like The Maze Runner? Please leave a comment below and let me know if you're looking forward to the sequel which is currently in production.