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Sci-Fi - Dystopian Future

The Maze Runner

Released 2014 Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A novel of the same name by James Dashner
Writer/s script Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S.Nowlin
Director Wes Ball
Starring Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson
Elevator Pitch A young man finds himself in community, living in a world enclosed on all sides by vast concrete walls (The Glade). During the day one wall opens to allow access to what seems to be a maze, populated at nights by malevolent creatures. When a single girl arrives with a note “This is the last one EVER” he decides to lead the group in an effort to escape through the maze.
Content A general brooding atmosphere, touching on “Lord of the Flies”. Escapades in the maze and fights with the creatures. Clues are provided as time passes as to how the group might escape, but no indication as to what lies outside since all have had their memories erased.
A View Like the members of the group we wonder what the hell is going on, and hope for an explanation at some time. When it comes we are not really surprised, but that aside it was watchable. Since the group was entirely composed of young men, why were they not pleased when a girl arrived? (Just my question). But obviously the book was popular because the film nearly made its money back on the first weekend, and so there are sequels.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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