The Maze Runner: Movie Review

Gripping, intriguing and intense, "The Maze Runner" simply works with its well balanced pacing and plot elements that tease and ultimately surprises once the veil of mystery has been revealed. The film had us from the get-go with its more than usual premise but had our full attention the whole 120 minute run time with its overall tense tone. A film that stands out in a very crowded young adult genre, the mature and realistic tone is a breath of fresh air as well.

Brought to a dystopian world where the only memory remains is his name, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up to a land, known to its inhabitants as the Glade, surrounded by massive walls and the only way out is a world of shifting mazes, rife with ruthless monsters known as Grievers. Along with the rest of the other trapped young adults, Thomas bravely (or stupidly) chooses to challenge rather than accept the horrible fate that awaits them. With this decision, Thomas not only obliterates the rules that have made the tribe survive for more than 3 years but more importantly, he may just solve the chilling mystery on who, what and why they are trapped in the Glade.

"The Maze Runner" has a lot of elements that works to creating a very successful big screen adaptation. First, it was able to sustain its very intriguing premise with a well-balanced story. It consistently brought in perfectly timed doses of mystery that will keep you on your toes and completely engrossed with its world the whole time. Additionally, the action sequences were also intensely engaging. Most of it can be credited to how well done the Grievers were created. Put simply, they are scarily majestic and definitely intimidating to say the least. But we also liked the direction of Wes Ball. It's a mix of slow anticipation, lightning quick sequences and wide angles that give the audiences a clearer view of what's around the corner. Acting-wise, the film was superb. It was emotionally-engaging and you definitely care for a majority of the cast. Standing out would be lead Dylan O'Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The only negative thing we can say about the film is the cliffhanger ending that will frustrate most and we felt that some characters were underutilized like Theresa and Gally. Overall though, "The Maze Runner" is one of the better young adult oriented films we have seen this year. It's definitely worth a look and more.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the film is engaging from start to finish
- the action sequences were outstanding

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some characters are under-utilized
- the cliffhanger end is extremely frustrating

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