Review: Teens fight for survival in “Maze Runner”

I have seen the Maze Runner series a few times and now I am finally going to review it. The maze runner is a dystopian type of movie. In case you didn’t know what dystopian means, it’s  basically an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, or environmentally hurting, and usually takes place in the future after some catastrophic event.

Maze Runner is about this group of teenagers trying to escape a  deadly maze. All of their memories are erased and the only thing that they can remember is their first name. They have made up rules to keep them in order. (Lord of the Flies, anyone?)

The maze changes each night to make it difficult to get out. As if that wasn’t enough, the maze also is filled with monsters called grievers. They (both the kids AND the grievers) have been trying to get out of the maze for years now but have not succeeded.

One day a new person came along. His name is Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), and he is very rebellious. He keeps defying the rules — one of the main rules is to never go into the maze unless that is your job. But since Thomas is very defiant,  he goes in anyway with the other runners. They find a new clue that could possibly be the key to get out of get out of that horrible maze.

The major themes are bravery, the importance of friendship and never lose hope.

To be honest, I think everyone did such a good job and they all played their characters pretty well. I couldn’t imagine another cast playing the movie.

The movie is rated PG-13 because of the bad language and extreme violence and gore. I think the movie is more appealing to teens, young adults, and adults.

I really like this movie. It’s one of my favorites. The part that I like the most is the beginning. The opening scene already had my attention because of the set and what was happening.  But there were parts that I disliked, including the ending. It’s a sad cliffhanger. I was hoping they would stick more to the book, but the movie is very fast-paced so they could only stick with a few things from the book. 

I give this movie a 4.5 out of 5 popcorn buckets.