"Lord Of The Flies and The Hunger Games come together to bring us The Maze Runner"
Talk about a 500 yard dash..lol Have you watched "The Maze Runner" yet? It's this movie based off of Dashner's trilogy of the same name. When you watch the film it kind of puts you in the mind of Lord Of The Flies before kicking in some survival, Hunger Games style.
Or was it Gangnam Style? Who knows, but we've watched it and are here to share what we thought of the film. So you ready to see if it lived up to the hype? Wanna know if it's worth your money? Let's Unhinge..
Waking Up In A Strange Place
"The Maze Runner" is one of those movies that unravels tiny bits of the plot with each minute you watch. What this means is that your find out things just before or at the same time the hero, Thomas(O'Brien) does. So what's it about?
Well, Thomas awakes to find himself staring back at what appears to be the island of lost boys. You have some alpha males, along with a few followers, but each boy seemingly appears to have his own job and place within their small collective. Thomas does his best to fit in, but he's curious, he wants to explore. This curious approach to his new surroundings is appropriate since he doesn't even remember his name, at first.
As the movie goes on, Thomas learns of the Maze which is an endless puzzle of corners and dimensions only a few of the lucky boys or young men are privy too. Thomas tries to branch out and explore, but is quickly shut down and must learn to obey the laws of new surroundings. That is until..
Teresa(Scodelario) arrives with even more curiosity and questions that make the other children on the island question a fate that they so easily accepted. Why are they even here? Why can't they leave? And how can they survive a night in the maze without being killed by the Grievers?
As the story plays on, Thomas begins to push the limits and test his boundaries as he enters the maze as a leader rather than a follower. Now, it seems that Thomas has a new set of problems. Will the boys accept him as their savior or will they try to destroy him before he can find out the truth and reason for the maze?
Politics Seem To Be The New Theme
As you watch a few of these trilogies that have been rolling out lately, you begin to see the political edge cutting through most of the stories. You remember how political things got and are getting in "The Hunger Games" right? Well, it's the same in this one, but a little different.
Just think about it for a sec. How do all these children end up in such a place and what's the reason they are still alive? How are all these children of various backgrounds able to co-exist without killing each other? That's the interesting thing about people, we establish systems and rules just as quick as we can to maintain a sense of security, even if it's false.
You'll see just how deep the rabbit hole goes with this one, once you watch the film :p
Is It Worth The Money?
Is it worth the money? Of course it's worth the money, especially if you like adventure and are wanting to immerse yourself in another compelling trilogy. Isn't that what going to the theater is all about? Losing yourself in someone else's story and forgetting about that long day at the office?
Well, we've said all we're going to say about this one without spoiling it for those that have yet to watch. So, if you haven't gone to see "The Maze Runner" yet, it's in theaters now...the adventure awaits : p Thanks for reading!
Looking for more adventure? Try: The Hunger Games | The Hunger Games-Catching Fire