“The Maze Runner” Review


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The film “The Maze Runner” is based on the book by James Dashner. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic time period where the main character Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, wakes up in an unknown place called “the Glade”. Remembering only his name, Thomas and the other boys stuck in the Glade look for an escape every day by entering a dangerous maze where they face monsters called grievers.

The movie remained mostly accurate to the book with a simplified plot. First-time director Wes Ball used a lot of computer generated imagery (CGI) to make the set and action-heavy scenes come to life.

When watching “The Maze Runner”, I noticed a lack of character development, and  struggled to feel a close connection to any of the characters. This made deaths and other scenes designed to be emotional seem unimportant. Nonetheless, this quick-paced action film kept me sitting on the edge of my seat.

The movie concludes with a cliffhanger, making the audience eagerly look forward to the anticipated sequel in this series.