Ah, TMR. What to say... Well, firstly, it exceeded my expectations by a lot - which is great, seeing as my expectations were low (those promotional posters are really not nice). The best part of the film is, I think, seeing the tension and the Maze actually come to live - being able to see it, not simply visualise it in your head, is amazing. Add a dramatic (manufactured, theatrical) soundtrack and some alright actors and bam, you've got The Maze Runner. Dramatic, mysterious, and with just as many loopholes as the book (except you don't really care, because this is one thrilling action).
Not underwhelming, not overwhelming, but somewhere in between.
Let me preface this by saying: I am inextricably, incredibly, unapologetically biased. If I Stay is by far one of my favourite books ever, and that can make or break a movie adaptation. In this case, it made me far more lenient. Sure, so maybe Adam's casting was unexpectedly fitting and Chloe, although talented and wonderful as always, wasn't exactly how I pictured Mia; maybe the directing was questionable (honestly, who wanted to insert a horror montage?) and the rule-of-thirds used a little awkwardly and the transitions mildly stilted, and maybe it wasn't enough to make this silent-crier not-so-silent, and yes, holy shit am I mad about Adam's line (one of the most important lines in the whole book, imo) being cut and if I'm honest this adaptation wasn't really all that great and I even managed to be 15 / 20 minutes late and even then I arrived in time for the car crash but hey.
Maybe it's a little insensitive, but I would be lying if I said this movie didn't make today one of my better days.
I honestly do not know what message Lucy was trying to convey. I was ready, even before I watched it, to forgive its debunked premise. I went in with no expectations whatsoever (except for satisfaction at Scarlett Johannson and Morgan Freeman), yet somehow this movie managed to both bewilder and alienate me. The directing is poor, the atmosphere bemusing and overall the movie may have been better off with a whole other direction.