Viewers navigate maze of emotion

Based on the first novel of James Dashner’s bestselling trilogy, The Maze Runner presents a suspenseful and dark version of dystopian ideals found in films like The Hunger Games and Divergent.

 

The movie begins with 16 year-old Thomas waking up inside of an underground elevator. When he surfaces, he finds himself surrounded by dozens of other teenage boys in the middle of a meadow.

Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario star as Thomas and Teresa in the recent young adult movie The Maze Runner. TNS

Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario star as Thomas and Teresa in the recent young adult movie The Maze Runner. TNS

 

He doesn’t know where he is, why he’s there or even who he is. Apparently, none of the boys can remember anything about their past lives either, recalling only their names.

 

The group lives in a primitive camp built in the meadow, dubbed “The Glade” by residents of the dystopia. The boys call themselves “gladers,” and have made a life in the rough, green setting by building their own homes and growing food.

 

Anything else they need is sent to them once a month through the mysterious elevator. Along with the necessities comes a new boy, who is introduced to the lifestyle and encouraged to adapt to the strange circumstances.

 

Some gladers have lived there for years, and many have died there as well.

 

But why are they stuck in The Glade, and why can’t they just leave?

 

Surrounding the camp on all sides and towering in all of its ivy-covered glory is the solid stone walls of the maze. The only way out is through the maze, but very few enter it.

 

The brave kids who volunteer for the treacherous task are called “runners,” and it is their sole mission to run the course, mapping and charting all of the alleys and passages in hopes of finding the escape route.

 

However, there are a few problems with navigating the maze. The “runners” must return to the Glade before nightfall, because the opening to the course closes until early morning.

 

No one has ever survived a night within the walls, thanks to the Grievers — large, grotesque creatures that haunt gladers’ nightmares.

 

To make things worse, the maze changes each night as walls shift and new pathways open, making the possibility of finding a way out even more challenging.

 

Shortly after the arrival of Thomas, everything changes when the first girl shows up in the elevator, holding a written message.

 

Do they stay and die in the Glade? Or should they face the maze and all its dangers once and for all?

 

Sacrifices will be made, alliances will be formed and many will die before the maze trial is complete.

 

The Maze Runner proves to be both entertaining and thrilling. It’s a little slow in the beginning, but once the events start rolling, one after another, the audience is greeted with non-stop action until the end.

 

Fans of The Hunger Games or Divergent will flock to theatres for this flick, which promises action, danger and constant entertainment.

Author: The Bells Staff

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