Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner (2014) movie review

Directed by Wes Ball
Starring Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen and Ki Hong Lee
Running Time: 1 hr 53 min 15
Based on: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Without knowing why or who he is, Thomas (O'Brien) provided by a verdant place. There is a society called The Glade, populated by a large number of other young men who all suffer from amnesia. The place seems like a utopian oasis, where everyone helps to survive and keeps society functioning. But there is no paradise, rather a prison: a place surrounded by a giant maze, whose gray walls towering in all directions.

On the day is a door to open and the maze runner runs out to try to identify it, with the hope of finding a way out. During the night closes maze and monstrous guardians patrolling and killing everyone that had not been returned. Thomas sees his chance to leave prison by himself become a runner.

This is a meeting of the "Lord of the Flies" and "The Hunger Games", but with more prominent detective theme, which is also based on a literary model. "The Maze Runner" starts to trudge and takes plenty of time to establish the characters and premise. Such a long time that I'm on the verge of being boring, but the mystery that is the basis for the plot keeps my interest up. Soon, it also takes off in earnest and the film churning out just enough bread crumbs to weave a sometimes really exciting story. But as it is with Dick stands and falls also on how it really fits together. "The Maze Runner" is continually questions: why are they there? Who sent them there? Why are they just men? But satisfactory answers swept away in favor of a cliffhanger for a supposed sequel. The plot hinges on the mystery - otherwise it is not also interesting: the characters are more than cardboard figures of people whose fates did not elicit sympathy. Although the environments - spunky special effects despite - becomes monotonous to watch.

Despite good conditions empties "The Maze Runner" into a far-fetched and pale resolution, which does not inspire any greater hope for a sequel.