The Maze Runner, 2014

The Maze Runner

September 19, 2014
Dir. Wes Ball
Prod. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman
Genre: Science-Fiction Dystopian Action Thriller
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee, Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper, Patricia Clarkson

Alright, this wasn’t originally what I was going to be reviewing today. It was actually going to be a review of Iron Man, 2008 as I love Marvel and I haven’t really talked too much about Marvel films on here yet. However, I watched The Maze Runner a couple nights ago and decided now would be the perfect time to talk about it.

I really enjoyed this film. When you make a film like this it can really go one of two ways. It can either go really well or it can horribly wrong. There are so many dystopian novels and films now so the cast and crew have to work really hard to make their film stand out.

I think the cast did a great job at portraying their characters. Even an actor with multiple acting credits under their belt could be challenged by this sort of film. It takes place primarily in one setting and is very fast paced and I imagine this could be a challenge for actors. Especially since so many of these actors are part of television shows where things are slower than films and there’s various settings and new characters and actors, all of the actors did a fantastic job.

I was also vastly impressed by the prop department for this film. There’s one part in this film where Thomas (O’Brien) is taken into the middle of the forest by one of the other boys and shown a three-dimensional map of The Maze. My first thought when I saw that? Somebody had to build that thing. It looked amazing. Out of everything in the film, this prop that was shown for about a minute is actually one of the things that impressed me the most. The weapons, The Grievers, and everything else the boys use is so well done and a huge kudos has to go to the props department.

The scenery in this film was something else I immediately took notice of. There’s one scene near the end of the film where you see a wide air-shot of The Maze and you know it must be screen or a model because there’s no way they built that. But all throughout the film I was wondering, “Did they actually build that or is that green screen?” Now obviously you can’t tell and that’s a good thing, otherwise someone on the film may need to find a new career. But you really wonder what’s real and what’s not in these sorts of films and I really enjoyed that.

There is one thing about this film that, while it’s not bad and it didn’t make me enjoy the film any less, it did have me sighing a little. It’s very predictable. And I mean, very predictable. The Maze Runner is a lot like every other dystopian I’ve seen before. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, dystopian is what’s popular right now and there’s no way to make every single one completely different. However, there were numerous times throughout the film where I was like, “I bet this happens. I bet that happens. It’s going to go like this.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the movie and this predictability didn’t make it any less enjoyable. It just kind of had me laughing at certain parts that maybe normally wouldn’t have been laughed at.

Films like this can really go one of two ways. It can either go really well or it can go horribly wrong. Overall, The Maze Runner was a great film. A little predictable and a bit like every other dystopian film I’ve seen, but it was still enjoyable and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do with the sequels.

The second film, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, is set to come out on September 18, 2015.

What did you think of The Maze Runner? Are you looking forward to the second film?


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