Synopsis: 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.
Firstly, I'll go into some pre-movie stuff. So, if you didn't know already from my newbies guide to The Maze Runner I've read the book this movie is based on. I also made my sisters and my mum read it. They all loved it so we all had high expectation for this movie and it did not disappoint any of us.
I saw this movie with my sisters and when we went into the cinema there were so many people there. The people there varied in gender and age and there wasn't really more of one gender than the other. So, this movie has a wide appeal. If so many people are loving it, you will too and here's why.
This movie is action packed. There's always something propelling Thomas forward and it was awesome to watch. Much like the book, the movie had me hooked from start to finish. There were no dull moments and the movie didn't shy away from killing off characters.
This cast was perfect. I really loved watching all of them but I especially enjoyed seeing Dylan O'Brien play Thomas. He acts not just with his face but with his whole body. It really makes you feel bad for Thomas and what he's being put through.
I think this movie was strengthened further by the amount of love put into it. Other YA adaptations have failed and I think this was due to the lack of love put into it. The people who made those adaptations didn't stick to the source material and you can tell that they were only using their adaptations for a cash grab. Thankfully, The Maze Runner sticked to the source material as much as possible. Changes were made but I understood why those choices were made. Packing too much into this movie would have slowed down the pace and made it a lot less exiting to watch.
I also enjoyed seeing the maze and the grievers. Both were terrifying and riveting to watch.
The only weakness I could see with this movie was the script. It had too many parts where they were just telling you stuff. It was lazy world building but I'll forgive this movie for it as it was really strong overall and it's the first entry in what will hopefully be a trilogy.
The Maze Runner is an action packed YA adaptation worth watching. If you like seeing an amazing story and watching a great cast then this is for you, regardless of your age or gender.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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