Review: ‘The Maze Runner’ fails to amaze

Based on its epic posters and previews, “The Maze Runner” may seem like an intriguing film on the surface. But the film, based on the best-selling novel of the same name, does not do a good enough job as most would hope, and the negatives outweigh the positives, disappointing readers of the praised novel.

The film tells the story of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), a teenage boy whose memory is wiped out, and he is placed in a society of other boys facing similar problems who live inside a huge stone box. Thomas awakes in “the pit” a wooden cage where the new boys are put. Soon after, a man approaches Thomas and introduces himself. The man’s name is Alby, one of the leaders of the camp. Alby explains to Thomas that nobody knows why they are there, or how they got there.

When Thomas is finally let out of the pit, his curiosity is bigger than he is, as he breaks many rules in order to figure out why he was deposited into the box. Thomas soon learns that a door on one side of the box leads to a large maze that only “maze runners” are allowed to enter.

Hints are dropped throughout the feature, and Thomas tries to help everybody uncover the real truth. The entire population learns that the truth comes with a price, which splits the society of boys in half. Those who agree with Thomas, and those you agree with Galley (Will Poulter). Galley feels that things are okay, and nothing needs to change, while Thomas is eager to get out.

Throughout the entire film, Gally and Thomas argue their sides with weak dialogue that leaves you thinking, “Why would somebody think that?” Some parts of the film even seem like the actors forgot what to say.

As things pile on top each other, chaos is imminent. Thomas loses himself in the heroic leader role, almost making you embarrassed for him. Towards the end of the movie, the group has a decision to make: Whether to leave and look for escape, or stay in the box and hope for the best. Obviously, heroic leader Thomas leads the charge for escape.

Although “The Maze Runner is not an impressive film, it is an exciting one, and it may be a movie that someone would like to watch going out with some friends to have a good time. In some ways, the film could be considered a more mediocre “Hunger Games” and may appeal to viewers who enjoy watching that series.

Our Grade: C
Length: 113 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Mystery/Sci-Fi
Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter