When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way t...more
When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. less
“Don't give up on the young adult genre just yet because The Maze Runner and its mysteries will keep you absorbed almost till the very end. Despite the disappointing climax, the film is worth a watch for all post-apocalyptic enthusiasts. ”
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YA fantasy genre clichés aren’t too hard to find in Wes Balls’ ‘The Maze Runner’, an adaptation of the first installment of James Dashner’s trilogy of novels. It sets up a dystopian world with an air of strangeness that has rules of its own, where one bunch of people control the other bunch in what is some sort of an experiment/operation; the protagonist gets thrown into the world but reacts differently than others who just seem to have conformed to the rules… you know the drill. What sets ‘The Maze Runner’ apart from the usual fair is the assured and confident way in which it’s been handled. It unravels at a frenetic, even pace; with the twists coming in thick and fast; and, for a change, there’s a feeling of the twists building up to something big in a thematic sense instead of being mere plot points. As the plot moves along, the film compulsively draws us in; and instead of throwing questions at us, it compels us to ask questions like, say, who is controlling the activity inside the maze or what their objective is. And like a deftly realized suspense thriller, it just as expertly holds back its answers, only revealing what is necessary to keep us hooked without giving away the whole thing. As a result, although ‘The Maze Runner’ is standard genre fare, it never feels generic. The action scenes carry a charge and urgency, and unlike most blockbusters these days that rely on CGI-generated grandeur, the action here feels grippingly visceral. The only niggle I have is that instead of providing a fully realized finale, the film goes for a deliberately loose ending in order to set up the stage for the sequel. As a result, although there are abundant hints of there being some sort of a political angle – a “statement” being made – to the proceedings, the film as a unified whole feels little else but an engaging genre fare. The feeling of having seen an incomplete film becomes particularly problematic here since what feels missing here isn’t just the story (in a “what happens next” sense), but the entire thematic concern of the film itself. Thoroughly gripping stuff nonetheless.