DVD Review: The Maze Runner
I have to say it, this is probably my favourite of the recent spate of young adult dystopian books that have been made into films. Sure, it’s basically the same storyline as all the others, but it has it’s own originality, and it doesn’t get bogged down by predictable romance. This is more Lord of the Flies than your typical fare.
Essentially you only know that this is a dystopian tale because of the marketing. The film begins with a scared male teen waking in a freight elevator that is shooting skyward to an unknown destination. What awaits is a kind of prison for presumably wayward males.
But it’s more than that, it has a very Cube like twist – there is a way out, but you have to decipher the maze to get there. The boy that comes up at the start of the film, Thomas is different from the other boys, but no one knows this – yet – or why. Everything is about to change.
It’s a fast paced tale that has a subtle similarity of Joss Whedon’s brilliant The Cabin In The Woods in it’s final stages, and despite a few minor hiccups, keeps you glued to the edge of your seat and sets itself up for the predictable, and much anticipated sequel.
Rating: M Violence.