Film review: The Maze Runner

Their memories have been erased, and they remember nothing except their name — barely. Dozens of teenagers are stuck in the middle of a giant maze, where there is a constant struggle for power, but there is also camaraderie, because they share the desperate daily hope of surviving another night, while the maze around them teems with metal creatures called “Grievers.” They have been there for at least three years, and they are yet to find a way out.

In the opening scene of Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner, as happens once a month in the world of the film, a new addition is sent up along with supplies. This one is called Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), and he asks a lot of questions. In fact, he is so curious, whereas the others merely follows the rules laid down by those who have been there the longest, that he quickly gains the respect of some and the ire of others.

It certainly seems like slightly post-apocalyptic settings, controlled by a handful of people that only wish to quash an uprising from within the carefully manipulated bubble of a world, are the order of the day again in recent films.

To read the full review, visit The Prague Post. The Maze Runner is currently on wide release in Bulgaria.

(Still of Aml Ameen, Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O’Brien in The Maze Runner. © 2013 – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)