The Maze Runner Reviews
Nate's Grade: B-
In this PG-13-rated adaptation of James Dashers novel, Thomas (OBrien) gets deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning he must join forces with fellow "runners" to escape a deadly maze.
Still, the novel's shortcomings don't take away from director Wes Ball's verve. This former effects adviser knows how to craft a sometimes terrifying crowd-pleaser. With Dylan O'Brien, he found a very capable leading man with great star potential. Coloring outside of the lines of an almost stock character, he runs Ball's rewardingly dour gauntlet to often great effect.
Bottom line: Running with Sniggers
Some of the film's action sequences happen too fast, that it is hard to tell what happened or who got hurt, hit, or killed. This is happening in a lot of Hollywood films. They need to slow it down, so that the audience can clearly see what is happening on the screen. Also, I found the film a bit confusing by the end with the big revelation in regards to Patricia Clarkson's character and what she says. It raised more questions than answers.
Dylan O'Brien, who is good on Teen Wolf and in The Internship, is good here as Thomas. Kaya Scodelario reminded me a lot of Kristen Stewart. She would be perfect playing Kristen's sister in a film. Will Poulter, who was hilarious in We're the Millers, is great as the antagonist here. Thomas Sangster, who was great in Love Actually, also does a good job here.
It is clear that the studio was trying to make a new franchise along the Hunger Games or Twilight movies, with this film. Already a sequel will come out next year. I only hope the sequel will slow the action sequences and will be less confusing than this film.
enthralling. I am skeptical that the epic scale of the fantasy world can be sustained in the sequels, but the first entry delivers.
Comparisons with Lord of the Flies, Battle Royale and Hunger Games are obvious references but accurate. I thought it a bit too scary for children. The ending had me thinking and I am looking forward to the sequels.