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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
Dylan O'Brien, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario Will Poulter and Ki Hong Lee

Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: September 19, 2014 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) awakens in a massive field with no memory of the outside world. An organization known as W.C.K.D. (Wicked) has sent him there from an ascending elevator known as 'The Box'. Each month for the last three years another new arrival appears at 'The Glade' surrounded by the towering walls of 'The Maze'. Yet, after all this time no one has escaped. While W.C.K.D. is secretly observing the 'Gladers', this group of young men, persist in entering the maze each day looking for a way out.
Escape appears impossible since the walls are supposedly too high. They believe the only exit is going directly through the 'Maze,' which is home to the dreaded Grievers.
The idea of climbing the wall is briefly mentioned, but never expanded upon. After years of failing to escape the maze, they could have fashioned climbing ropes and scaffolding to breach the top, but that might have been too logical.
Instead they choose to map the entire maze which somehow reconfigures itself on a regular basis. I just couldn't take the entire premise of this film seriously. There were some great visuals, the maze itself was scary, dangerous and claustrophobic. But again, why would anyone choose to go in there ?

At the end, we have already been set up for the sequel.

I can only hope that its follow - up is a bit more plausible.

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