This weekend I made it my goal to actually go out and do something. And since I was far too lazy to do anything substantial, or that involved movement, I decided to go see a movie. So I packed up a giant bag of War-Heads and headed off to the ghetto movie theater near my house in the hopes that there would be less people there. —I know this is completely not relevant to what I am writing about, but during the movie I ate way too many of the War-Heads and it tore the shit out of the top of my mouth. Adult problems are a real thing.
-First and foremost I would like to preface this movie review by stating that I have never read the book that this movie is based on so I do not know if it stays fully true to the original story. With that said, I almost preferred not knowing the story line with this film so that I could be fully surprised with the twists and turns along the way. This film is based on a young adult novel like the wildly popular book turned movie projects that have already come out, such as Divergent and the Hunger Games, but I found this one to be one of the more innovative, as far as the story has progressed through this first movie.
The Maze Runner – No Spoilers
The movie starts out fast, there is zero set up or explanation, this film just throws you right into the thick of the action. The movie follows the main character, Thomas, who is thrown into a completely alien environment with no knowledge or memory of who he is, other than his name.
It is explained to Thomas that every month a new boy is sent up through a box elevator (through which Thomas came) along with the essentials that they need to survive. Other than that they are all stuck in a giant forested area in the middle of a giant maze. Each boy has his assigned job in the community, including those who inspect the maze in the daytime in an attempt to find a way out. Each night the doors to the maze close while the maze reconfigures itself and deadly creatures roam the maze. Because of the danger involved, no one is allowed in the maze unless you are a chosen “Runner.” Getting stuck inside the maze when the doors close is a guaranteed death sentence. However, when Thomas arrives, everything begins to change.
— Though the film ends on a cliffhanger, I quite enjoyed it. I found this movie to be a refreshingly darker take on the dystopian society. The acting was strong from its young cast and there is barely a moment to catch your breath at the breakneck pace the movie takes, keeping you engaged throughout the entire film. Even just watching the actors in the movie do all that running, it made me tired to watch them. Though that could be because I hit record breaking levels of lazy. — A word to the wise. For those of you who may have a bit of a motion sickness issue with hand held cameras, there are a number of scenes where the camera-man is apparently suffering from the shakes. There aren’t so many to deter you from seeing it. Just be aware.
Even though there are a couple generic and cliched elements in the movie, it is an extremely fun and intense ride with several big twists and surprises that will have you hooked the entire time.