The Maze Runner (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
113 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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The Maze Runner Review


Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

The Maze Runner (2014) is a USA / Canada / UK science fiction mystery film filled with action and thrills. Director Wes Ball (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), Beginners (2010), A Work in Progress (2002)) did an excellent job executing this movie that makes me think if it can be real one day, so many things are possible in our world today. The film contains intense action scenes, suspense, violence, creature, death, sitting on the edge of your seat moments, and boys trying to survive. I enjoyed this movie and had watched it twice so far with my family because the fast-paced action scenes are so intense that you find yourself rooting for the characters and the movie is very entertaining. I was shocked at the ending because I did not see the twist coming and did not think that the outcome was the cause for everything happening. The young actors did a fantastic job with their respective roles. The special effects could have been better as well as the camera angles and makeup although the atmosphere was creepy and mysterious.

The Maze Runner - Thomas starts by introducing us to Thomas (Dylan O’Brien - Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), Teen Wolf (2011), The First Time (2012)) who is a 16-year-old boy. Thomas wakes up in an underground service elevator and does not remember how he got there or anything. He saw a world of about 60 male teenagers who greeted him in a grassy field (the Glade) with tall stone walls surrounding them. The teenagers called themselves Gladers and they learned how to survive in their enclosed environment with their own agriculture and supplies although additional supplies and a new boy arrives every 30 days. Each boy has a particular task/job, and they all eventually remember their names. Special trained boys that are called Runners search for a way to escape every day before night approaches. Thomas’ female friend comes to his rescue but will they be able to make it out alive after their environment is not safe anymore?

A few other things the movie contains are dystopia, maze, violence, dream sequence, killing an animal, interracial friendship, impalement, spear, eaten alive, monster, subjective camera, character’s point of view camera shot, serum, solar flare, child in peril, amnesia, battle, based on young adult novel, and post-apocalypse.

About The Maze Runner 2014

Title: The Maze Runner
Year: 2014
Runtime: 113 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Don McManus, Duane Cothren, Gustavo I. Ortiz, Bryce Romero, Mark Gibson, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Giovanni Silva, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, McKenna Pippen, Andrew Varenhorst, Darryl Harvey, Nick Killebrew, Will Poulter, Nicholas Bursavich, Chris Sheffield, Sheldon Maurer, Ki Hong Lee, Tyler Harrison, Travis michael Myers, Blake Cooper, Landon Hazel, Gary Hood, Seth Nichols, John Langston, Zach Nichols, Dexter Darden, Chad Martinez, Lester Millet
Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin, James Dashner
Director: Wes Ball