It has been ages since I’ve done a movie review here, but I figured that since I finally watched one in theaters, I’d give it a go. I saw The Maze Runner with one basic intention: to watch Dylan O’Brien for two hours doing whatever the magical thing is that he does to make me love him. Was that a sentence? Not sure. Anyway, I knew it was a Hunger Games-esque futuristic dystopian teen thing, but I didn’t really know many details other than the fact that there is a pretty big maze involved.
The movie centers around O’Brien’s character, Thomas, who one day wakes up and forgets everything about his life. He is thrown into a group of boys who live in what they call “The Glade,” which is a essentially a large field with some woods that is surrounded by tall metal walls. The Glade is a peaceful, orderly place until of course, Thomas arrives and screws everything up. The caste system in The Glade sorts the boys into basically this world’s version of Divergent‘s factions. They are split into groups who are assigned different tasks, one of those being “The Runners.” Beyond the walls of The Glade, there is a large maze, presumably with a way out. The runners try to map the maze in order to find the exit. Long story short, the movie more or less is about these boys trying to escape the maze.
I am writing a review of this movie in the first place, because I actually did enjoy it. There were a few, “oh god I can see them all trying so hard to act” moments, but overall I really liked it. My only complaint would be that I had no idea that this movie was based off of a trilogy. I thought I could get some satisfaction out of the ending, but of course, I just got a lovely cliffhanger for the second movie, and the third (which is hopefully not split into two parts).
I really wish that this film had tried a little harder to provide a conclusion. Instead, there’s an almost ending, followed by a five minute scene during which all is revealed, and then the characters are shuffled into the sequel. Maybe if I had read the books, I’d have been okay with this, but there was no closure at all. I basically have to see the next movie if I want to know what actually is going on. I really liked the whole first three quarters of this movie. It was compelling, interesting, and something new. However, the movie’s “solution” so to speak is slowly revealed throughout the film in choppy dream sequences, and I should have known that a moderately disappointing ending was coming just from seeing those. Overall, I loved the movie, but I hate that I have to see the others if I want any real closure. The story is intriguing, but is it worth another ten dollars, and ten more after that to know what happens? I’m not sure.
Just on a small tangent, I kind of wish that sci-fi YA authors would stop writing trilogies. I think that these stories like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner could all be fantastic in a single book format. I feel like there’s just so much build up with trilogies, and then by book three the authors don’t know what they’re doing, and we get left in the dust. Just a thought.
What do you think?