Earlier this year, I decided that I wouldn’t read this series. Thing is, I was just a little over the dystopian YA books after The Hunger Games and Divergent. And I must say. I’m glad I didn’t. No, it’s not because the story wasn’t good. But I’ll get around to that eventually.
Title: The Maze Runner [The Maze Runner #1]
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter
Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T. S. Nowlin (Screenplay) James Dashner (Novel)
Synopsis: Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
I thought the plot and concept of the movie was pretty good. At first I was thinking, “Oh they’re trapped in a Maze, how’s that different from The Hunger Games?” It is different because these kids/teens aren’t trying to kill each other for the amusement of people or to earn food for their families.
The Maze is basically a test but no one has been able to figure it out and everyone seems to have given up on ever finding a way out of the maze. All the teenagers sent to the maze are boys. Then things start to go differently when a new guy Thomas shows up, then one month after Thomas’ arrival a girl, Teresa, shows up with a message saying she’s the last one ever. From there more things happen until they finally reach a point of choosing. Do they try to get out of the Maze or stay there forever?
Warning: There are probably some spoilers coming up but nothing too big that it’ll take away from the movie.
Yes, this does seem like a sick game but then there’s a pretty good reason for it -to test these children for the greater good of humankind. That’s all I’ll say on that for now although if you haven’t watched this or part 2 yet you’d want to skip the next movie review.
How it compares to the Novel
I’m no expert here, haven’t read the book and all but I’ve read a summary of the book and there is only one “significant” difference that’s apparent to me.
The general idea seems to be there and I think that’s important in a story based off a book. I could honestly say that people having compared the story to the Hunger Games and Divergent are way off. I think that after people have read or seen these two movies they think dystopian in YA means we’ll divide people into groups and control them. I wouldn’t necessarily consider this story dystopian but more post apocalyptic.
Overall though, I like that it wasn’t too childish for adults to enjoy and also, easy enough to follow for children to understand.