‘Maze Runner’ will keep you on the edge of your seat

Dylan O'Brien, left, and Kaya Scodelario star in "The Maze Runner." / Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Tribune News Service

Reviewed by Caroline Carpenter
Times-News correspondent

   “The Maze Runner,” based on the first installment of the “Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, transports viewers into the unsettling story of teenagers stuck in a dystopian world.
The movie focuses on the newbie, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) in “the Glade.” The Gladers were living in their little ruts of life up until he arrived: living off the land, never remembering anything about their past, receiving a new boy each month and the “Runners” trying one day at a time to figure out a way out of the maze that surrounds them.
Thomas has a curiosity about him that none of the other Gladers has.
This draws unwanted attention from everyone. He is attacked by other Gladers, questions everything about their way of life, and breaks one of their few sacred rules: running into the maze. He is the first person to ever survive a night in the maze without getting torn apart by the monstrous man-made “Grievers.” This causes much tension within the group, but also earns the respect from the leaders of the Glade.
That is, up until a newbie comes only a few days after Thomas and there’s another hitch — she’s a girl. She arrives with a mysterious note from the people who put them in the maze and with the memory of only one person: Thomas.
This film keeps viewers on the edge of their seats as they watch in fear of the Gladers. The computer-generated imagery and effects are all perfectly executed on the screen, and the metallic and horrifying noises of the Grievers will find their way into the memories of everyone in the theater.
The acting is phenomenal; every character is brilliantly portrayed. Each emotion is convincing and genuine.
This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images. “Maze Runner” will have you running back to the theater to buy another ticket.

 Caroline Carpenter is a sophomore at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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