THE MAZE RUNNER (2014) – My rating: 8.5/10

TheMazeRunnerThe Maze Runner is based on a 2009 best selling Science Fiction book by James Dashner .  The movie directed by Wes Ball, is well done.  The Maze Runner seems like it’s going to be the same old story but it is truly different.  It also seems to be a combination of Hunger Games, Divergent and The Giver, where someone is controlling and manipulating the youth.  As a result, lives are paying for that manipulation.  Thomas played by Dylan O’Brian, wakes up inside a rusty elevator called “The Box”, which is centered in a semi quasi hostile environment. Thomas has no memory of his name or where he came from, he only knows that he is deposited in an outdoor arena/forest surrounded by a maze.  There are many other boys who made the trip long before Thomas.  They must all rely on one another to survive their circumstances and find a way to escape.  Food and other supplies are sent in the same way new recruits are, The Box.  The forever present, huge and powerful maze must be deal with.  Runners are sent into the maze every day looking for a way to escape, where alien looking monsters, called Grievers, are ready to hunt and kill them instantly.  They must return from the maze before night fall, as no one has ever survived a night in the maze.  There is also jealousy and other problems among the boys.  As if that is not enough, they must be careful not to get stung by these Grievers or they will die a slow death, as their bite contains a virus that turns you into a ranting lunatic, then ultimately, death.  The one thing we know is someone is controlling all of this, but why?  Many surprises are revealed and the ending all but announces a sequel for which I can’t wait to see.  The Maze Runner is worth a ticket and your time to see it.  I was thoroughly entertained and was also delighted that The Maze Runner was not predictable.  Check this one out.

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