27 November 2017

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner 2014
  • Director: Wes Ball
  • Based on the book by James Dashner
  • Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Li, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Thomas Brodie Sangster – Star Wars, Wolf Hall, Doctor Who, Nanny McPhee, Love Actually
    • Kaya Scodelario – Wuthering Heights, Moon
  • Why? Quite enjoyed the book
  • Seen: 12 November 2017      

       A teenaged boy with no memory has a terrifying ride up an industrial lift, ending up in a kind of boys’ camp called the Glade. He’s told his name will come to him. It does; it’s Thomas. He’s told there’s a new boy sent up every month. He’s told that the massive wall that surrounds them is off-limits. The only ones allowed into the Maze are the Runners.
       The Runners run in the Maze every day, trying to find a way out. But the Maze changes every night.
       It’s a grim, merciless macro-world but the boys have each other.
       The premise is intriguing, the suspense almost unbearable at times.
       Any film with a cast of two dozen boys and one girl already has a few strikes against it and it has some sentimental moments and an over-simplified rebellious hero vs rigid rule-follower but it’s visually impressive and I find myself caring about these kids. Better than expected.

3 * of 5   

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