On Friday I went to see The Maze Runner. I had been anticipating the release of the film for awhile now as I began reading the book series a few years ago. I was so excited to finally see the film, and I was not disappointed. Keep reading if you want to hear some of my thoughts about the move. Oh and don’t worry this review does not include spoilers!
For those of you who don’t know anything about the premise of the trilogy by James Dashner or the film, they are both set in the post-apocalyptic future and chronicle the journey of a group of kids who are trying to unravel the secrets of their world and stay alive. The main character Thomas awakens in a moving lift with no clue of his identity.
When he surfaces he is met by a group of boys who have also had their memories wiped and left to live in an enclosed space, which they call the glade. The group of rowdy boys have been systematically sent up to the maze over the course of three years with a new boy and supplies being sent up through the lift every month. The glade is surrounded by an unsolvable maze, and they believe that the only way to get out is to solve the maze. When Thomas arrives things begin to change and the maze becomes more dangerous than ever.
Now on to what I thought about the movie. Let’s start with the cast. I absolutely Dylan O’Brien and I was really excited that he was portraying the lead character. He didn’t disappoint. His portrayal of Thomas was true to the character and he really pulled through in the dramatic points of the film that called for deep emotion.
I am also a huge fan of Kaya Scodelario, however, I thought that her performance as Teresa was kind of blah and just off. She is the only girl sent to the glade and like Thomas, her presence in the glade is a turning point for the gladers. I don’t know what it was but I just didn’t believe her character. This was really surprising because I have seen her give some great performances.
The plot was on track with Dashner’s story and I didn’t find that anything major was left out of the film as far as the plot goes.
The special effects of the film were up to par and the way that the creators portrayed the maze and the glade was much so much more amazing than what I had imagined.
All in all I was extremely pleased with the film. It was such a thrill ride and it really keeps you on your feet. I think that it translates to people who haven’t read the books as well; the friend that I went with hadn’t read the books, and she loved it.
The end of the film left me very excited for the Scorch Trials, so here’s to hoping the sequel is coming soon!