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The Maze Runner: Not As Bad As I Expected 

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The Maze Runner is yet another movie which falls into the dystopian category which has been sweeping through YA culture for the last few years. From The Hunger Games to Divergent, both which have also been made into movies recently, dystopian themes from authors like George Orwell and Ray Bradbury have resurfaced and made frightening and undesirable societies desirable again. So much so that every time I introduce a new book I’m reading to my parents, their first comment is something akin to “let me guess, it takes place in a dystopian world.” Dystopians let us explore what our world would be like if shit completely hit the fan without having to, of course, live in a world where shit has completely hit the fan. We can explore ideas and theories about the future without having to be subject to the cruel and malevolent all-powerful governments that are running rampant in basically every single dystopian story ever.

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Saying that, The Maze Runner is not a plot-driven film. Aside from the general concept of “we have to get out of this maze guys,” there isn’t really much world building or a plan which the story seems to follow. The Maze Runner isn’t really a character-based film either. After the credits rolled, I didn’t really feel like I had a deep personal connection with many of the characters or had gone with them on some sort of life-altering path of self discovery. No, this film is a gritty, intense, action-filled look at a group of boys (and a girl who ends up there for seemingly the sole purpose of saying Thomas’s name and making everyone else suspicious of him) stuck in the middle of a maze filled with robot-monster hybrid creatures that literally just want to kill them.

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It mixes a Lord of the Flies-esque community with a bit of intrigue, mystery, and plain old fashion life-or-death chase scenes. There are kids trying to run their own society. There are lots of fight scenes and plenty of red shirted background characters that get picked off along the way. There are gross things pulled out of dead creatures. There is blood and gore and spears sticking out of chests. And it does that really, really well. It’s fast. It’s dynamic. It has enough terrifying monster-fighting scenes to get your blood pumping and enough not-monster-fighting scenes in between to let you calm yourself down again. The music is amazing and consistently fits the mood throughout the entire film. The visual effects are at best breathtaking and at worst still pretty damn great. There aren’t really any boring parts in this film, with the music transitioning between scenes wonderfully. Some character arcs are a bit predictable and slightly cliché, but it doesn’t detract from the film overall too much.

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All in all, The Maze Runner was a pleasant surprise and I liked it so much more than I was expecting to when I walked into that theatre. Fingers crossed they keep it up for the sequels.



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