Another successful book adaptation to the Silverscreen!
It seems every time I turn my head Hollywood are inflating the film market with a teen flick fiction based off a “best-selling novel”. It reminds me of the Twilight phase, and the current Hunger Games and Divergent franchises. Today I’m here to review The Maze Runner, NOT to fire shots at the unoriginality of Hollywood, tempting as it is, to comment on its failure to take risks on creative projects. The film takes place in spring with a community of boys who have no knowledge of who they who are, except their name. The boys live a structured life of order yet their life is not entirely simple. Their community is surrounded by maze which is believed to be the key to their identities and also their escape. When Thomas (Dylan O’brien) the newest member of this community arrives he begins to question the systems in place and is elevated to position of Runner where he begins to unravel the secrets of the maze. By doing this he creates turmoil and hostility in the community. What this film has done well is demonstrate an ability to capture a broad audience. I feel most films never truly capture what the human mind can visualise when reading the written text. The film has a suitable level of Hollywood that strayed from the book to make a Box Office Success. Fans of the book will be aware of the term “Wicked” used as a symbol in the text. This is changed to W.C.K.D just to make things more relatable in a real life context. One of the major concerns with the film was the set design, particularly the layout of the maze. The maze felt repetitive and reused. As a member of audience I felt as if I had the entire maze memorised and this made the title of “Runner” feel rather redundant. Each area of the maze looked like a rehashed version of the previous section which indicated a lack of creativity from the Set Designers and made it more apparent that such a key component of the film had not been aesthetically committed to. All up, The Maze Runner is an enjoyable flick for both readers and newcomers to the franchise. With its Lord of the Flies flavour it will be well received by audiences even if the maze is more like a scenic obstacle course that has 90% of characters bowing down to it like the Mayans of old did. It won’t be a classic but it will be a box office success nonetheless.