Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Maze Runner

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 53 min / Action - Mystery - Sci-Fi

What is it about?

A teenage guy wakes up in an elevator with no memmory. The top of the elevator opens to reveal a bunch of other teens. The area outside is enclosed with large walls on all sides. They tell him there are three rules. Don't harm anyone there, do your part, don't go into the maze. Of course he doesn't listen to that last rule. He finds out that a group of them called 'runners' go into the maze early in the morning and come back before sundown which is when the maze entrance closes. No one ever survives if they get trapped in the maze overnight.

You will like it if...

You liked the Hunger Games series of movies. It is very similar in the amount of teenage angst. The story is interesting and feels complex even though it is pretty straightforward. They constantly feed you bits of new information as the movie progresses to keep you engaged throughout. The pacing is excellent. The only complaint I have has to do with the action sequences. It's shot in extreme closeup so you can't tell what is going on at times. There are screams and grunts but all you see is a blur on the screen. When the grunting ends someone dies or the good guys win. In the end it's a good movie with an interesting storyline. If you like any of the other dystopia movies made from books (Divergent, Hunger Games, etc.) then you should enjoy this one.

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