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  • Summary: When Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze canWhen Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Sep 18, 2014
    88
    Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Sep 15, 2014
    75
    Wes Ball's background is in animation and effects, and he certainly has an eye for composition. Thankfully, he doesn't just lean on visual flash in his debut feature, the adaptation of the first of James Dashner's four books, and his skills allow him to build a convincing world around his appealing cast without losing them in it completely.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    Director Wes Ball doesn't have much experience with actors, but for once that's a plus; his background is in animation and art direction, and the design of the maze (brutal slabs of concrete and steel) and the attacks by the spiders ("Predator"-like clicks, then stabbing violence) make the movie gruesomely watchable.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Sep 9, 2014
    60
    As world-creation YA pictures go, The Maze Runner feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 19, 2014
    60
    It's also both intense and entertaining enough to leave audiences hungry for the inevitable sequel so clearly set up by its cliffhanger ending.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 18, 2014
    50
    Ball tends to slice and dice action sequences in a way that drains them of energy, and his attempts to churn up emotion fall disconcertingly flat. But he does stage a couple of effective adrenaline-pumping chases through the maze's industrial wasteland.
  7. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 18, 2014
    25
    Fans of the novel might get some minor thrills from the big screen adaptation, but it's hard to understand what made the material so popular in the first place.

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  1. Positive: 71 out of 102
  2. Negative: 17 out of 102
  1. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    I wasn' expecting much until the ending, and altough the cinema was very empty this did turn out to surprise me slightly in the ending whenI wasn' expecting much until the ending, and altough the cinema was very empty this did turn out to surprise me slightly in the ending when you expect everybody to be either dead and the survivors barely figure out their situation. This is going to be an episodic like Twilight but with a different kind of story/premise. Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Amazing movie! Very nice, thrilling from the begining till the end. Wow, when I see this movie, my heart beat faster and faster.. I guess the director was good in directing the stories. The character, the conflict, the tension.. Everything goes so smoothly. Although i wonder how the hell that Gally manage to get out of the glade and survived and sad ending when Chuck died. I can't wait to see the second movie, coz it's worth to watch. Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2015
    8
    The movie was great, I haven't read the books and I'm not going to read it either(Not because I didn't liked the movie, but because I hateThe movie was great, I haven't read the books and I'm not going to read it either(Not because I didn't liked the movie, but because I hate books). Great actors, but really have to say Dylan O'Brien was clearly the actor who I would like to see more of in these movies. Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2014
    7
    The Maze Runner is another film adaptation of a popular novel for teenagers, much like the Hunger Games series and other books like Divergent.The Maze Runner is another film adaptation of a popular novel for teenagers, much like the Hunger Games series and other books like Divergent. I did not read the book. It certainly aims for teens as their target audience. Visually the film is great, the details of the Maze and creatures inside it are very well done. However there are some clich├ęs hidden in there that seem to arise in any movie for teenagers. The main character has an unneeded amount of courage and the protagonist hates him for really no reason at all. However the movie is a complete mystery in the beginning but the writer managed to tie all the ends up by the ending. The film also sets itself up for a sequel, likely based on the next book The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. I believe the second movie may even be in development now. Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2014
    6
    This is one of those movies where you say to yourself that it is the best movie ever. But when someone asks you what you think of it you justThis is one of those movies where you say to yourself that it is the best movie ever. But when someone asks you what you think of it you just say it was okay. Expand
  6. Apr 27, 2015
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Seems to be riding the wave of the "let's make a movie out of a series of books and target it to teenagers for some reason" craze that people turned into a thing after Harry Potter and possibly LOTR. The movie was actually halfway decent, with an interesting, shifting maze to explore, and a bizarre scenario in which the characters found themselves. Too bad the movie spent about 60% of its time focused on the encampment, rather than out exploring the maze. Also, I was very upset that we only got to see the characters learn and uncover secrets of the maze rather than getting to uncover the mysteries ourselves. Rather than present any sort of mystery to the audience for any length of time, it felt like we were quickly shown solutions to mysteries in hindsight, or in passing. The maze exploration was the best part of the movie, but only accounted for about 5% of it. Another 25% of the movie was action sequences that were also halfway decent, but didn't substitute for much less budget-intensive mystery, suspense or exploration.

    The vast majority of the acting and drama was of a made-for-TV style and wasted frames of the movie; the black guy was the worst actor I think I've ever seen in a movie, using "black sounding" lines that felt forced and totally unrealistic: way too friendly for how little he knew the new recruit. Unrelatedly, at the end, as the group stormed the command center with only sticks and primitive found objects, they discover a massacre and handguns are lying in reach of the dead. Rather than, you know, upgrade from STICK to GUN, their primary concern is to gently kick the guns away from the dead. Oh yeah, that's totally what I would have done. It should have been a weapon upgrade shopping spree moment, but instead, it was the common "kick the gun away" routine / gesture on autopilot even though it made absolutely no sense for them to do that there. Then someone got killed.

    I'd watch a sequel, though.
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  7. Dec 18, 2014
    0
    this movie was so disappointing and boring, hardly made any sense i only made it 45 minutes through it and was a waste of my time.

    don't
    this movie was so disappointing and boring, hardly made any sense i only made it 45 minutes through it and was a waste of my time.

    don't waste your time like me watch another movie
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