The Maze Runner

October 21, 2014

Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario in THE MAZE RUNNER.

Directed by: Wes Ball

Written by: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin

Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 113 minutes

If the LORD OF THE FLIES and THE HUNGER GAMES had a child, it would be THE MAZE RUNNER. As good as the aforementioned adapted films are, RUNNER is never able to outrun its silly premise. Based on James Dashner’s novel, the film centers on the arrival of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) to an all-boys civilized village at the center of a maze. Thomas spearheads a small group through the maze, avoiding the spider-like killing machines that inhabit it, in order to go home. The closer the film gets to the ending, the closer we get to the silly premise that is THE MAZE RUNNER.

Grade: C

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