The Maze Runner (12A): Review

In the age of increased teen action adventure movies The Maze Runner becomes a solid addition to the category. The film is an adaptation of James Dashner’s New York Times bestselling novel from 2009.

The film contains hints of themes from Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games. The Maze Runner is a solid adaptation with sound central performances from Dylan O’Brien and Will Poulter. The visual effects involved to create the maze are fantastic leading to frequent intense action moments.

However we don’t spend enough time with many of the characters to fully engage in their individual stories. The lack of depth causes audiences to view undeveloped onscreen relationships and unnatural sudden plot developments. The well delivered action sequences balance out the unfortunate poor dialogue of the film.

It’s similarity to The Hunger Games doesn’t stretch far. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the equivalent male and female duo have little impact in comparison. But it’s more directed towards the male relationships which unfold rather predictably and with no where near as much complexity as The Lord of the Flies, which it claims to mirror.

It must be said that The Maze Runner was heavily edited to reduce its certificate from 15 to 12A which will have had an impact on the film. Despite the criticisms, of which there are a few, it is a solid action adventure which will tee up the eagerly awaited third Hunger Games film later this month.

3/5

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