MTV Review | The Maze Runner
Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter and Co score four stars for their first instalment of the flick...
UK Release Date: October 10
Running Time: 115mins
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Director: Wes Ball
Plot: Thomas (O’Brien) ascends into a lush Glade on a rickety old elevator. He has no memory of who he is or where the bloody hell he is. Greeted by a band of boys who call themselves “Gladers”, they tell him the green Glade they’ve called home for the past three years is in the centre of a massive inescapable mega maze full of hidden dangers. The “Gladers” have grown a community with law and order; a big pond and boring chores. Thomas is an inquisitive fella and soon wants to run the maze and maybe find a way out which ruffles a few of the Gladers feathers especially Gally’s (Poulter) CUT TO: Everything going wrong. And when a Tersea (Scodelario) comes up the elevator, everything really goes wrong.
Best Scene: Thomas disobeys the Gladers’ code and legs it into the maze. His act of naughty boy rebellion nearly gets him a grizzly death when a butt-ugly robot bug thing called a “Griever” pursues him.
Best One Liner: “For a moment there I thought you had the chops to be a runner - until you face-planted!” Thomas faces up to the fact that he was being ambitious with his maze runner ambitions.
Date Movie or Mate Movie: A society of boys behaving like men in the middle of a sci-fi maze without any girls or women to tell them what to do? This is a mate movie!
Scene Stealer: Tersea brings some girl power to the Glade. The Boys-meet-Girl introduction gets off to a rocky start when she… well, launches rocks at them.
WTF Moment: Ben gets stung by a Griever and contracts gross blood fungus. The compassionate Gladers come to his aid and push and prod him into the maze with big sticks where he will certainly die a painful death.
Summary: The Shining. Labyrinth. The A-maze-ing Spider-Man. Three great movies involving a maze, sort of. (And The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t amazing, more like The Alright Spider-Man.) The Maze Runner’s Lord of the Flies set up, and Hunger Games action, makes this teenage sci-fi adventure cracking edge of the seat cinema. The cast play the community of boys excellently and a notable shout out for Will Poulter’s “Gally” who is the self-appointed Glade law enforcer who just wants the boys to behave themselves. The concept of the Maze Runner was very curious and the action never dipped or dragged. All in the all, The Maze Runner is simply: A-maze-ing Entertainment.
By Michael Currell @MTVUK