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THE MAZE RUNNER – A review by Aidyn Sevilla
2014 – Wes Ball
I must confess, I missed the book phenomenon and first heard of the story when I saw the trailer. My inner boy-adventurer was awakened and excited at the prospect of disappearing into yet another strange world of the future.
Maze Runner is a great piece of entertaining action and mystery. At first glance, you think you’re in for a slightly-older-kids movie with a predictable plot, shallow characters and more stunts than drama. There are those things in the film, but then, for the viewer prone to introspection and critical evaluation, there are a few surprisingly rich themes to be explored. This might be one late-summer action flick that’s even worth watching twice!
A boy wakes up in a cage ascending a shaft that leads to a lush and fertile glade surrounded by four impenetrable walls at least a hundred feet high. The glade is in the center of an extensive maze that changes every day and is patrolled by deadly monsters. The boy has no memory of anything but his name. For the rest of the story, our boy Thomas is on a quest to learn all he can about who he is and was and how he’s going to escape the maze.
No real deep surprises. The twist at the end is that the world outside the maze is not what anyone thought it would be. Altogether, the plot moves along at a predictable pace with predictable steps and predictable character drama and development. Execution is not too bad, and by this I mean pacing. The story hops quickly from one epiphany to the next action sequence with just a bit of character introspection in between.
I have the book on hold at the library and, when it arrives, I’ll be curious to find out if the books are so insanely deep and complex that they had to cut 60% of the story out to make a decent movie like with the Harry Potter books. We’ll see.
Thomas finds himself in a tribe of boys who run their own self-sustaining community complete with their own garden, government and penal system. With no authority higher than the boy who’s been in the glad the longest, their world has a hint of Lord of the Flies written all over it. Bonds are deep, rules are strict, punishments are brutal.
The tribe is marked by characters who have a range of responses toward change. There’s Gally who is suspicious and hostile toward anything new that threatens the current order. The leader Alby who walks a precarious balance between preserving order and discovering truth. Newt is likewise tasked with protecting the tribe, and in the end, abandons the traditions of the tribe when he learns that the traditions will no longer protect anyone from the new threats. Minho, the first maze runner, has knowledge that no one else does, and he could use it for his own advantage, but instead chooses to submit to the personality he perceives as most able to do something useful with it.
Thomas is insatiably curious and driven, though we don’t really know by what. At first he gets startled by everything, but generally doesn’t seem truly afraid of anything. He’s generally likable, takes foolish risks that end up saving the day and quickly comes to care about the other boys in the tribe. Most of his successes seem possible because of help from his friends or sheer luck. Toward the end, we find out that in his past life, he had something to do with putting the other boys in the glade. He’s not happy about this, but the only other character who has a problem with this is Gally. Thomas’ character development all happens in relation to what he learns about the maze and how he relates with the other boys.
The lone girl character, Teresa…..
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