I watched this movie with my sister the other day and I thought it would be the perfect choice for my first film review for HOB. The Maze Runner was released earlier this month, the 10th of October, and is still in the pictures if you fancy catching it. It is based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner and is part of a trilogy plus one prequel (and there is talk of another prequel to be released sometime in 2015). Being part of a trilogy, I would assume that the movie franchise will aim to have three movies at least. But as for the first one, I thought the film was alright actually. It’s riding the wave of the seemingly popular (if not overdone) genre of dystopian young adult fiction. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t mind that genre at all. Scratch that, I’m lying, I love them – they tend to be thought provoking and often question the human identity, and that is always fun to question.
In The Maze Runner‘s post-apocalyptic world we find a group of young boys living in a place called the Glade, which happens to be in the centre of a massive labyrinth or maze. The maze is magnificent, I like the idea of it a lot and in the film I think the scenes inside the maze are some of the better ones. Dylan O’Brien plays the lead role of Thomas, and his character is an interesting one. He is very likeable and O’Brien played him well – I was expecting to just see Stiles from Teen Wolf when I saw he was in the film so I am pleasantly surprised.
I would have liked there to have been more lead females, I haven’t read the book so I am unsure as to whether there is some particular reason why the cast is so male-heavy. I wasn’t thrilled with Kaya Scodelario’s Teresa – it might not be her fault, it might be how the character is meant to be but I found her a bit annoying. Again that is another reason why I would have liked more girls in the cast.
I did find it an enjoyable watch though and would happily get the book and read how it is meant to be. It is an unusual twist with the maze and I won’t spoil it on you but the ending is surprising, but good – really good! It is fast paced and doesn’t get boring at all so if you like films like Divergent or The Hunger Games then this film is worth the watch!