Amazed with “Maze Runner”

LianFeng

In the unspecified future, a group of adolescent boys are trapped in a place called the Glade that is surrounded by a maze. Each Glader, as the boys call themselves, has arrived in the Glade individually, and none of the boys remember anything about themselves except their names. The only path of escape is through the maze, but it is terrorized by grievers, a kind of monster, and reconfigures after every nightfall. The arrival of the last of the Gladers, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien) and Teresa (played by Kaya Scodelario), starts the race against the clock to make it out of the Glade and solve the maze. This is “Maze Runner.”

At first glance, “Maze Runner” gives off the same vibe as the popular “Hunger Games.” Both movies have the same dark color scheme, and both books revolve around dystopian futures. The similarities end there, though. “Maze Runner” manages to be a unique screenplay with well-written characters and surprisingly on-point acting.

Mostly, the movie managed to hit all the emotional spots that I loved in the book. The only weak point was the character development of the antagonist, Gally, whose negativity toward Thomas wasn’t thoroughly justified in the movie as it was in the book. According to what I have heard from others, the ending seemed to be confusing and sudden, but I beg to differ. The ending, although a bit rushed and not as well explained in the movie, matched the end of the book with the perfect amount of drama and lead into the sequel.

Overall, I am satisfied with this book to movie adaptation. I was initially anxious on whether the movie would fully represent the mystery of the exciting plot that made me cherish the book so much. I loved the adrenaline rush and stunning cinematography that the movie offered. I definitely recommend it to students who have read the book and who have a taste for action movies with intelligent plots.

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