Movie Review: The Maze Runner

Maze Runner
Credit: 20th Century Fox

The Maze Runner is the latest film adaptation from James Dashner’s novel trilogy directed by Wes Ball. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up to find himself in an unknown place with a community of young guys welcoming him to the Glade. Thomas along with the other guys have no memory of their past, all they do know is that they have to escape the Glade, a land completely surrounded by a concrete Maze.

The first half hour of the movie is Thomas getting to know some of the guys in the group, there is Alby (Aml Ameen), the group’s chosen leader, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), second-in-command and Gally (Will Poulter), Thomas’s enemy. This is where you start to see who are going to be helpful later on for Thomas by their reaction to his arrival and the way they speak to him.

After the slow start, the tension starts to build up when Thomas breaks all the rules by going into the Maze to save Alby after he is stung by Grievers, scary looking robot-like creatures. Grievers live in the Maze and only come out after dark, when Thomas first meets them it is a bottom on the edge of your sit moment as he is close to being spotted by them. Grievers make a regularly appearance after this which is the action that has been building up since the start.

This movie never failed to impress me, from the anticipation of events to the scariness of the Grievers. The atmosphere while the characters were in the Maze was frightening and intense, hoping and praying that Thomas and Minho (Ki Hong Lee), the main Runner come out alive. When you thought they were say something else would happen to cause trouble thus keeping you on your toes.

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