The A-maze-ing Maze Runner

Christina DeBenedetto ‘16
EE Staff Writer

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.” This quote from the back of the novel The Maze Runner perfectly describes the movie that was released on September 19, 2014, and adapted from the novel, which was written by James Dashner.

The movie was surprisingly good, despite negative comments and reviews I had heard prior to seeing it. It follows the main character, a teenaged boy named Thomas (played by Teen Wolf actor Dylan O’Brien), through the unforgettable experience of being trapped in a maze with about thirty other boys.
However, he is unsure of how he arrived there, or even who he is. All he can remember is his name. In fact, no one there can remember more, and this memory loss was an unusual plot twist for this type of action movie.

Thomas’s struggle to understand who he is and why he is in the maze and his battle to find a way out are only the beginning. His story opens when he arrives in an elevator-like caged box into the glade. which is an area of land that the boys are living in surrounded by the maze. During most of the movie, Thomas is trapped here.

The “society” in the glade that their leader, Alby, sets up has runners who run into the maze, attempting to find a way out along with the regular boys who do chores in order to ensure survival. In his time there, Thomas meets and befriends Min Ho, Alby, Newt, and Chuck. Alby was the first person put into the glade, therefore, he is the one who is in charge. Min Ho is the lead runner who, alongside Thomas, attempts to find a way out of the maze.

Throughout the story, the viewer anxiously watches Thomas’s attempts to get out of the maze, only to have surprising twists at the end. Even though Thomas thinks getting out will solve all of his problems, the outside world might just be as scary as the maze.

Throughout the entire movie, I was completely captivated and immersed in both Thomas’s world and his adventure. There was never a boring moment in the storyline and it was definitely fast-paced. I would give it 4.5/5 stars. All in all, don’t miss it!

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