By Thomas Torres | Staff Writer
On Sept. 18, director Wes Ball’s adaptation of the young-adult novel The Maze Runner, by James Dashner, was released to theaters worldwide.
The Maze Runner is a trilogy which includes The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure. There was also a prequel written after the trilogy titled The Kill Order.
The movie features Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), a young teen who wakes up in a cage elevator and remembers nothing of his past except his name and a few strange dreams of a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. When he reaches the surface he is greeted by a group known as the Gladers. Among this group are their leader Alby (Aml Ameen), Chuck (Blake Cooper), a young boy who befriends Thomas as he struggles adapting to the Glade, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Alby’s close friend and seemingly second in command, and a rude brute known as Gally (Will Poulter).
They welcome Thomas to the Glade, and Alby gives him a tour as he is informed of the rules. Alby then proceeds to inform Thomas that they receive a new male Glader every 30 days along with supplies. He then learns about the maze that traps them in the Glade, as Minho (Ki Hong Lee) runs out. Minho informs Thomas that the Gladers believe that the maze is the only way out, but it’s difficult to map due to its ever changing pattern. This spurs Thomas’ curiosity and encourages him to become a runner. Two days later the cage comes back, but this time with a comatose girl named Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) who recognizes Thomas. This leads to changes in the Glade and sparks Thomas’ curiosity even more.
Within the following days the nightmarish Grievers, who are nocturnal for the most part, begin pursuing the Gladers and chase them throughout the Glade, as well as the maze, in broad daylight.
The movie follows the book’s storyline pretty well and has actors that capture the characters excellently.
Some people may argue the movie is mistitled due to the maze being more of a labyrinth, but the issue isn’t important. Even for movie watchers who haven’t read the trilogy will still enjoy the movie.
The Maze Runner is still an excellent movie to kick off the fall, featuring great fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the Grievers who plague the Gladers, mysteries and cliff hangers that leave the viewer on the edge of his seat wanting more. The movie is rated PG-13 for good reasons, because some scenes may frighten children, and there are a few gory scenes.
The movie’s filming was excellent, possibly due to having a $100 million dollar budget. The sound quality was excellent, and its sound effects fit every scene.
There were no uneccesary effects, and they really spared no expense in the movie’s production. It’s pretty obvious that the producers managed to use every penny through the movie’s quality .
Having raised over $81.5 million worldwide within a three day period, the second installment of the trilogy, The Scorch Trials, is already scheduled for release on Sept. 18, 2015.
Will you enter the maze?