Based on yet another novel that delves into a post-apocalyptic world where young adults are subjected to some pretty horrific things, Thomas (O’Brien) wakes to find himself in an elevator that delivers him to an area known as The Glade. He remembers nothing except his name.
Thomas is greeted by a group of young men who inform him that he is trapped in a maze with no way out. He is taken aside by the group’s leader Alby (Ameen) and introduced into this strange world where a new boy, and a few basic supply items, arrive every 30 days.
Nobody knows why they are here and nobody has ever escaped.
In order to survive, the boys have created their own micro community, complete with leaders, farmers, builders …… and runners. Runners have the least enviable yet perhaps the most important role. These boys run the maze each day trying to find an escape for them all. Oh did I mention that each night the maze changes? So there’s that too.
The maze opens and closes at the same time each day and the runners must be back before it closes because no boy has ever survived a night in there. Within the maze live these horrible spider-like creatures they call Grievers and they kill the boys. No there are not a lot of nice things about The Glade or The Maze.
A day or so after Thomas arrives, a girl is sent up on the elevator. She is the first girl to be sent to The Glade and arrives unconscious with a not saying ‘last one ever’. The boys become increasingly anxious that a girl has been sent, that it has only been 2 days since the last arrival and that she arrived with no supplies. More things begin to happen that are out of the ordinary for The Glade and the race is on to find a way out of The Maze or die.
With comparisons to The Hunger Games inevitable ….. you can read my reviews here and here ….. I found this story to be more Lord of the Flies than anything else. These kids banded together in order to survive and they do a pretty damn good job of it too. There is order, structure and routine, possibly more important to them because they live in such a hostile environment.
In amongst all the movies of the last few years dealing with this type of post-apocalyptic future, The Maze Runner steps ahead of the pack. It is a great story that is always moving forward and is well acted. The stand outs were O’Brien, who gave Thomas with enough guts to be brave without any arrogance….. and Will Poulter who’s menacing, thug boy Gally was the perfect foil for Thomas’ good guy.
With the opening perfectly timed for the Aussie spring school holidays, this really is a must see movie. But be warned…..it will leave you with more questions than answers.
Love Flick xx
Director : Wes Ball
Starring : Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Kaya Scodelario, Chris sheffield, Joe Adler, Alexander Flores, Patricia Clarkson
Running Time : 97 minutes
Release Date : 18 September 2014