Synopsis: Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up in a lift that has emerged in an encampment of boys bordered by high walls, The Maze. He only remembers his name as do all the other boys. Then one day a girl appears in the lift.
Stan's thoughts: I'm a huge fan of young adult fiction and films, even though I'm old enough to be the target audience's mother, so I had heard about this film a few months ago, there was a bit of a buzz about it and the book its based on. Decided not to read the book (it's part of a series) and go into the film without expectations.
It is part Hunger Games with a hint of Lord of the Flies. The difference with the former is the not knowing why the boys have been put in the Maze. Without their memories there are no reference points. It certainly adds a delicious intrigue.
Maze Runner is also refreshingly shy of romance, there is no love story. Now I love a bit of soppy teen love but without it there are no distractions from the mystery and horror that is unfolding. This being the first of a trilogy (the second film is due out next year) you don't get all the answers by the end in fact you get a hold load more questions which is also satisfyingly frustrating.
It is also a great action movie with good characters at its heart, characters that you care about. Great to see Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Kaya Scoldelario flying the Brit actors flag. There is a sense of jeopardy that adds to the tension. It's nicely imagined, exciting and I really enjoyed it. Can you tell?
- Stan’s 80%
- IMDB 75%
- Metascore 56%
- Rotten Tomatoes 63%
- RT Audience Rating* 76%
* Based on number of people who rated the film 3.5/5 and higher