Film Review: The Maze Runner

I will admit that I have to come clean and state that I did watch the Maze Runner film prior to reading the novel (gasp). I typically am not one to do this, because I have found from personal experience that when a film is developed from a pre-existing book, the film tends to leave out a lot of information and crucial aspects of the text. I am reading the book now, however, and although I am not too far into it yet, I have noted already that the film did leave out a tremendous amount of textual detail.

Back to the movie. I watched this film last weekend, and I was unsure of what to expect. I read the synopsis of the film plot, and it certainly sounded intriguing, so I gave it a whirl. The film depicts the experiences of the protagonist, Thomas, as he is thrown into an entirely foreign world nicknamed The Glade. Thomas has zero recollection of his life prior to arriving in the Glade, and he is sent to such location in a cargo elevator. When he arrives, he cannot recall a single aspect of his identity other than his name, and he soon becomes acquainted with the other individuals situated within The Glade, all of which are boys. Thomas learns that The Glade is surrounded by an enormous maze that alters every night, meaning it is seemingly impossible to escape. The maze is filled with horrifying monsters titled Grievers that savagely murder anyone who encounters them, and the doors leading into the maze remain open during the day but seal shut at night, meaning if you fail to arrive back inside The Glade before their closing, you will not survive until morning. I don’t want to give anything significant away, but Thomas essentially learns how to cope with living in this foreign location while simultaneously plotting a means of escaping.

The author of The Maze Runner, James Dashner, is what I would recognize as a good writer. His writing is nothing spectacular, but his plot is, and that is what makes the text so enthralling. His characters are incredibly realistic and believable, and his formulation of The Glade and the maze are truly captivating.

The Maze Runner is the first of five novels in Dasher’s pentalogy series, and I am looking forward to reading the rest.

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