"It's Called 'The Changing'"
That all being said, having nothing to compare this film to, I had a pretty fun time with “The Maze Runner”. A lot of aspects of this movie actually make me feel a little optimistic about the genre, particularly the way it doesn’t seem to take itself as seriously as its predecessors. This film uses tropes adeptly and with precision, from “girl in a box” (my personal favorite) to “expositional recorded transmission” to “kill the cutie”. It does so without any self-consciousness or apology. It’s got, dare I say it, a sense of fun.
The film I want to compare “The Maze Runner” to is “Logan’s Run”, and not just because they both involve cardio workouts. Both films are adaptations of novels, and both films go from focusing on a small, secluded world to branching out into a big, brave new one. “Logan’s Run” got a lot of flak for its shoddy adapted screenplay, but the audience who loved it doesn’t remember it for its dialogue. They remember the quest, the impossibly high stakes, the enemies, and the excitement they felt when their heroes managed to buy themselves just a little bit more time.
Every time Thomas and his friends enter the maze, the audience is already prepped for what’s ahead. They know that the heroes have a time limit, they know that there’s a nearly unstoppable enemy following them that could appear at any time, and they know that victory for these characters is literally finding anything new to lead them to the next part of their quest. The film doesn’t dick around with extraneous details, sacrificing character development for dramatic tension. And despite the lackluster handling of the emotional moments, and some lack of clarity during the action sequences, this tactic works. I’m not going to be waiting on pins and needles for a sequel, but I will definitely watch it. This film caught my attention. And in an oversaturated genre of film, that’s all it needed to do. Let’s see if it can keep that attention.
Moonshine? That's what one of the kids looks like he's drinking. Scotch might be a better bet.
-Drink whenever someone uses Glade slang
-Drink for flashbacks or dreams
-Drink when someone runs
-Drink when one or more Grievers appear
-Drink when Gally tries to shoot down Thomas' plans
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "The Maze Runner" is produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is rated "PG-13" with a runtime of 113 minutes.