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We Review – The Maze Runner “An interesting, well acted, film that failed to make me want to read the books.” – MR

The Maze Runner (film)

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The Maze Runner
Theatrical release poster

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Wes Ball
Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Wyck Godfrey
Marty Bowen
Lee Stollman
Screenplay by Noah Oppenheim
Grant Pierce Myers
T.S. Nowlin
Based on The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
Starring Dylan O’Brien
Aml Ameen
Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Kaya Scodelario
Will Poulter
Ki Hong Lee
Music by John Paesano
Cinematography Enrique Chediak
Edited by Dan Zimmerman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • September 11, 2014(Mexico)
  • September 19, 2014(United States)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $34 million[1][2]
Box office $102,218,901[1]

The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner‘s 2009 book of the same name. The film is the first installment in The Maze Runner film series and was produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Lee Stollman with a screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin. The film starsDylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee and Will Poulter.

The story follows sixteen-year-old Thomas, portrayed by O’Brien, who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he’s been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth — all while establishing a functioning society in what they call The Glade. Principal photographybegan in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 13, 2013 and officially concluded on July 12, 2013.

The Maze Runner was released on September 19, 2014 in the United States by 20th Century Fox. The film received mainly positive critical reviews, with praise aimed at the cast’s performances as well as the film’s intriguing premise and refreshingly dark tone. The film was also a commercial success, as it topped the box-office during its opening weekend with a $32.5 million debut, making it the sixth-highest grossing debut in September. A sequel, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, is set be released on September 18, 2015 in the United States.[3][4]


Sixteen-year old Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up inside a rusty elevator called The Box. When he arrives at the top, he is greeted by other boys in a grassy clearing called the Glade, which is surrounded by tall, gray walls. Thomas is unable to remember anything about himself, but Alby (Aml Ameen), the leader of the Glade, tells him that it’s happened to everyone and that his name will come to him soon. He shows him the Glade and how it is entirely run by the Gladers, as they call themselves. Thomas wonders what is beyond the opening in the wall adjacent to the Glade, but he is warned not to go through there, as it is a maze. Thomas meets Chuck (Blake Cooper), and the two become friends.

There is a party that night to welcome Thomas, the newest arrival. Every month The Box sends up a new person, along with supplies. Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), second in command and gardener, explains that the most able Gladers become Runners, who are the only ones allowed into the Maze. They search for an escape route during the day, but return before nightfall, as the Maze entrance closes at dusk, and no one has ever survived a night in the Maze. Thomas ends up in a fight with a boy named Gally (Will Poulter), during which he suddenly remembers his

Our Thoughts:

The Maze, itself, was interesting, and the acting was up to par, but the premise for this score of boys (and one girl) being left in the maze wasn’t fully explained and I suppose since there were a trilogy of novels, we will learn more as the story progresses.  The movie ends with very little resolution and throws us right into the sequel that is sure to come.  If you’re bored, and into teen based fantasy/sci-fi, go see it.  I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and give it 3.5 stars.  The maze, it’s half mechanical creatures, and effects alone are worth a look.

Overall I say this is an interesting, well acted, film that failed to make me want to read books two and three to see what happens next. – MR

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