[Ellie Pilcher | Contributing Writer]
The Maze Runner is the story of Thomas, a boy who wakes up in a metal box without his memories. He is greeted by a bunch of boys he has never met and enters the Glade: the home of these ‘Lost-Boy’ lookalikes, which is surrounded by a seemingly endless maze and huge walls. No one knows what they are doing there or how to get out of this maze. Everyday Maze Runners, hence the name, search the maze for an exit, but after two years they are still far from finding an escape route. That is until Thomas arrives.
Played by the deliciously good-looking, and very talented actor: Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf, The Internship) He makes Thomas a likable and interesting character to follow through a coming-of-age drama which also involves disgusting slobbery creatures called Grievers, an intense amount of fighting and something called ‘Moonshine’ (a mixture I’m sure we students are familiar with by now!).
There are many twists and turns along the way of the film including the arrival of a girl: shock horror. Kaya Scodelario (Skins) who makes a compelling Teresa. She arrives comatose – except for the moment she briefly awakes to shout: “Thomas!” Although she and he have supposedly never met before. Were these two meant to be together – like Bella and Edward? – or is it more that they have something in common – like Four & Tris?
The movie is fast-paced, full of action, moments of horror, and definitely a lot of bromance thanks to the inclusion of characters such as Alby, the leader of the Glade played by: Aml Albeen, Newt, the second-in-command played by: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who is forever that little kid of Love Actually and who interestingly is the only British actor, out pretty much an entire cast of British cast, allowed to keep his accent!) Minho, the head runner played by: Ki Hong Lee and Gally, the main antagonist and creator of that disgusting Moonshine played by: Will Poulter.
All these boys, and the girl, intend to escape this maze and with the arrival of Thomas, the boy who will not listen to rules such as: ‘Keep out of the maze’ or ‘Don’t upset anyone’, they may have a chance…because he doesn’t listen to the rules and upsets everyone because of it, like all good protagonists.
Needless to say this is another Young Adult (YA) film to add to your collection, deservedly so, and also one to add to your YA book collection. The difference being this YA film compared to others is that this one does not focus on a love triangle or indeed relationships more difficult than friendship. But when you’re trapped in a maze, half going out of your mind due to nightly jaunts in a labyrinth surrounded by slobbery mechanical spiders who want to kill you, the knowledge that you are forever trapped between four walls until you face said-slobbery-mechanical-spiders and the inability to remember who you are on top…love is probably the last thing on your mind.
The sequel is scheduled for release September 18th 2015. You don’t want to miss this series if you’re a fan of action, thrillers, YA or dystopian films!