The Maze Runner came out in 2014 based on a trilogy by James Dashner and directed by Wes Ball. Most of the actors in this movie seem to be a bit younger, but there are some decent actors such as Will Poulter(The Millers) and others. The film is slightly reminiscent of Lord of the Flies except this movie(spoiler alert) happens to take place in a maze.
We follow the exploits of “Thomas” our protagonist who wakes up with amnesia while being pulled to the surface by a giant metal cage. Once there he finds the place to be inhospitable to say the least. His first moments have Thomas thrown into another cage by the local inhabitants for what seems like no apparent reason. The next day he awakens to be taken in by this society of amnesia cases all of whom look like they belong in high-school. It’s then that he learns the rules, don’t go in the maze.
After holding to the rules with iron like resolve for what seems like sheer minutes Thomas goes wandering towards the maze. Needless to say it’s not long before he’s dashing in the maze regardless of the other kids rules. Throughout his exploits Thomas begins to impress the others and leads them through the maze towards what they hope will be safety. I don’t want to spoil the movie, but it’s an interesting flick to say the least. Within the walls of a moving maze are dangerous creatures, and the mysterious hand of a resident evil-esque corporation pushing things around.
When I picked it up I really expected it to be a B movie, and that may have been what I got, but the production value impressed me. This wasn’t just some cheesy movie about a bunch of kids conquering the odds because one kid started causing trouble. This is a cheesy movie about a bunch of kids conquering the odds because one kid started causing trouble, with good graphics. Now it’s not much, but as a lover of cheesy B movies I felt I got more out of this movie then I was expecting, and you may too.
All in all i’d give this movie a 7.5/10