Entertainment Hive 2017

The Maze Runner

Review by Honey B

Director: Wes Ball Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen and Kaya Scodelario Synopsis: When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. Verdict: The future doesn’t look so bright for the young adults in this latest sci-fi action flick. Following the well-worn path of The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies, director Wes Ball takes the first bleak novel in James Dasher’s dystopian series and brings it to the big screen. But really, this screen adaptation is more The Lord of the Flies than either of the previously mentioned movies. The lads – and one girl – are stuck in no man’s land surrounded by the walls of a giant maze which changes shape every night and houses something scary within its walls – something a bit like an alien and a spider called a Griever. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is the latest addition to the tribe and he is more curious than the other boys and questions why they have all been sent to the maze and he’s certainly not going to sit there for another three years and be part of the community. It all comes to a head when a girl, Theresa (Kaya Scodelario), is sent up in the box and it seems Thomas and Theresa have more answers than the other inhabitants. This thrilling action flick starts off slowly and mysteriously and gradually builds up steam as it starts to flesh out the young characters. There is plenty of tension and twists and turns as the tribe tries to take the upper-hand and work out who the puppet masters really are. Director Wes Ball has a background in graphic design and he uses this to great effect with the maze, which is a living beast. The young cast is also superb and stand-outs include O’Brien, Thomas Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen. Unfortunately Kaya Scodelario is under-used, but hopefully that will change for the better in the sequel. The ending to the film is a little chaotic and confusing, but again, it leaves audiences hanging for the next instalment in the franchise.
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