The Maze Runner finds the movie it deserves.
Wes Ball’s first big direction venture can’t be ignored. Albeit Dashner hands him over his brilliant tale on a silver platter, Wes still makes it appear equally great.
Dashner’s The Maze Runner is a reflection of our real world. It makes you ponder, if we too are a part of something inexplicable, that our life is a maze and we are just surviving. Are we also pawns of someone’s experiment? Are we supposed to search for a door? Our lives have inevitable elements like Gally, like a religious preacher who stops people from going out or finding a door, forcing you to stay in the labyrinth, following rules that conventions made! And like Alby who was the oldest who created them for mere extant! Will Poulter was brilliant as Gally and Dylan worked really hard to get into Thomas’ shoes! His acting is developing. The movie packs in surprises as it climaxes which were subtly portrayed.
The screenplay hasn’t much to offer, visual effects are fine. There are some flaws that can be ignored for the amazing concept. Pointing some – The deadly Grievers becoming suddenly less fatal when sticks were poked at them, the clichéd bit of Chuck’s fate, the knock that brought Thomas’ name back, a gal Teresa who has to be there even though she didn’t have a purpose, questions like why couldn’t they make a ladder Maze-tall in three frigging years? At least they could have seen where they were at, or if the walls were concrete and they had weapons couldn’t they create fractures in the wall and try to climb?
Overlooking every such minute bits it was overall a great movie on its way to become an even greater franchise!