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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. Expand
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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 68
  2. Negative: 14 out of 68
  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
    The Maze Runner has delivered a great visual spectacle, with an interesting plot and tense movie moments that makes us stay at the edge of ourThe Maze Runner has delivered a great visual spectacle, with an interesting plot and tense movie moments that makes us stay at the edge of our setas holding our breaths, and most parto of it was loyal to the book. Expand
  3. Oct 8, 2014
    8
    I have read the book first before watching the movie. There were a lot of changes in this movie. For some reason, I don’t feel any remorseI have read the book first before watching the movie. There were a lot of changes in this movie. For some reason, I don’t feel any remorse about these changes. In fact, I am okay with these changes. It’s understandable that these changes were made to make the movie more action-packed. In the book, the plot moves itself and the character development are just fun, interesting parts to read.

    The plot is just as good as the book and it’s really fast-paced during the entire movie.

    The cast performances were great at the most part. I really enjoyed the performances of Dylan O’ Brien, Thomas Sangster and Will Poulter. They acted as if they were born to play Thomas, Newt and Gally! I am not so sure about Kaya Scodelario's performance about Teresa. She did not convince me enough that she is Teresa, not an actress playing Teresa. I think she is a good actress so I hope she improves her acting in the sequel.

    The visuals of this movie are so breath-taking. It’s better than I imagined. It’s amazing and realistic and I said “Woah!” out loud in the cinema. The design of the Grievers were much more scarier than I imagined so it gives props to the visuals as well.

    The direction from Wes Ball is really excellent. He cared about making this movie even in the smallest of details.

    Lastly, the action scenes made me close to the edge of my seat. It was really well-choreographed which attributes to the cast’s performances.

    For people who have read the books, you’re not going to be disappointed despite its changes. And with excellent cast performances from Dylan O’ Brien, Thomas Sangster and Will Poulter, amazing visuals and direction, this movie makes the entire Maze Runner trilogy a promising, better replacement for The Hunger Games.
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  4. Dec 7, 2014
    6
    The acting quality in Maze Runner could use a little polish, but the concept and story is interesting enough for you to look past it. Not aThe acting quality in Maze Runner could use a little polish, but the concept and story is interesting enough for you to look past it. Not a fantastic movie series, but one that could grow to be better in the future. Expand
  5. Sep 19, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's a fun and energetic movie for the most part, and Dylan O'Brien (the comic relief from "Teen Wolf") is an excellent new leading man. It almost felt like the entire first season of the CW's "100" in 2 hours. However, much like many other of YA novel-to-movie flicks, it ends with a massive "to be continued" scenario, so you never really get to the guts of what's going on. Sure, I'll probably see the second one, but this trend in not creating first-installment sci-fi films that can stand on their own (like the initial Star Wars) is becoming troublesome. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2014
    5
    While I enjoyed the set up and the first 2/3 of the movie, it fell apart in the last 1/3. Fine performances, if not a bit hackneyed, and notWhile I enjoyed the set up and the first 2/3 of the movie, it fell apart in the last 1/3. Fine performances, if not a bit hackneyed, and not bad direction. But that ending! God, what a flub that was. I will probably see the second one (on video) just to see if they right the plane and make sense out of it. Expand
  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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