Movie Review: The Maze Runner
Based upon the bestselling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is the latest in the recent wave of ‘Young Adult’ books to make it to the big screen.
The premise is fairly simple: a teenage boy named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up to find that he’s trapped in a massive maze and has no memory of what the outside world is like. From here, he must navigate his way around, all the time plagued with bizarre nightmares and flashbacks about a mysterious organisation known as WCKD.
Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can he hope to escape his unlikely predicament, but he soon learns he’s not on his own, and once he finds his way within the trap he starts to see there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
The film has drawn obvious comparisons with The Hunger Games, as well as with William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Japanese cult classic Battle Royale, in which a class of unruly high school pupils are drugged, dumped on a remote island and forced to fight each other to the death. Although you won’t find anything stunningly original here, The Maze Runner is nevertheless entertaining and engaging enough to justify the price of a cinema ticket.