The Maze Runner Review

TMR_w300GRADE: C+

RATED: PG-13

NOT IN 3D

RPX? Why not? You get a free Tee-shirt.

By no means is The Maze Runner a bad film, it’s better than some of the more recent YA films (I’m looking at you Ender’s Game, Divergent, TFIOS, and the Giver) and it boasts some fine performances, especially from Dylan O’Brien. I’m going to be honest, I hated the book, I almost finished it and just couldn’t bring myself to the end, the movie was definitely better than the book in plenty of ways. The special effects weren’t anything special, but it did what is could with a $34 million budget. The film is about a boy, Thomas, who wakes up in a rusty elevator one day and can’t remember anything but his name. He is brought up to the Glade. The Glade is a grassy area surrounded by a massive maze. It’s difficult to explain the plot much more without giving too much away so I’ll leave it at that. The film’s issues were complication, how predictable it was and poor cinematography. The film did a good job of explaining nearly nothing, which was definitely a bad move. Towards the extremely anti climactic ending, nothing made sense, and it had more sequel set-up than Back To The Future. The idea was fairly unoriginal (amnesiac hero that is in a place where kids kill kids… where have I seen that before?) and the script was full of cliques. The film’s twists were far too obvious (“You’re never gonna go in the maze… gee, I wonder what’s gonna happen next), and I could tell the whole theater was disappointed. The cinematography wasn’t very well done either. During conversations you’d get awkward close ups and shaky cam. When you’d want shaky cam, it wasn’t there. Parts of the film were well done, but others weren’t so. If you loved the book or just want an opinion, I’d see this if I were you.