Director: Wes Ball
Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin
Cast: Dylan O’ Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Patricia Clarkson
Studio: 20th Century Fox
“The Maze Runner” is a hard film to size up against the current influx of YA film adaptations. The films opens on a young man named Thomas getting his memory wiped and then dumped among other young men. Some of these kids just want to live day to day within the maze, while others have dreams of breaking out and escaping. Thomas plays among the group, while finding his favorite pals to form a plan. All the while, Thomas studies those that want to run and try to escape the ever-changing maze.
While some call it lazy, I get the metaphor at the heart of the tale. If you don’t take chances, then you never know what’s out there. Even if it’s a cliche Dystopian environment and you’re being manipulated by the government. Patricia Clarkson looked so bored in this and everything that came out of her mouth sounded like a kid trying to one-up everything he’s heard in old movies. That’s not to say that we didn’t get some insanely great kid performances. The little kid that Thomas befriends throughout the film is a charmer. However, it’s just that.
If anything, I can say that the film wants to be better than the sum of its parts. Unfortunately, we’ve seen this song and dance before. Hell, we’ve had far more people do the same thing recently and do a far better job at it. I don’t get the push to keep trying to find something new to say about kids living in a world that they can’t control. Life sucks when you’re under eighteen and it sucks when you’re over it. I just don’t need a film that borders on parody to tell me that.
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