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“Wicked is good.”

The Maze Runner is a completely a punch-on-the-face to some skeptical thought about YA adaptation franchises. Surprisingly, it’s no carbon copy of other YA adaptations prior to this; it has completely groundbreaking premise, more likable characters, and less-cliche in its narrative presentation.

Like many other YA franchises, it sets in an unknown dystopian world, where Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is sent to an all-boys community with his memories erased. Just like Thomas, the audiences are as confused as him, as clueless as him; this is where this movie becomes more interesting. Soon, we begin unraveling mysteries inside the maze and learns that they’re trapped in a giant maze that moves every night—a maze that hinders them from the outside world and hinders them from their true identity. All of sudden, a young girl (Kaya Scodelario) is sent to them with a note; then, clues are unraveled and something bigger has come approaching wrapped in a fast-paced, tense narrative that becomes more exciting as it goes.

With plot as tight as that, The Maze Runner indeed tries to pull back its identity which has been scattered all along the duration. And lucky, with such gritty survival narrative, romance takes no part. To compensate that, we’re invited to get attached deeper to the protagonist; to feel alienated with less-known actors (only Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster I ever know) and to predict nothing from director Wes Ball’s directorial debut.

VERDICT: The Maze Runner invite us to be in the story with groundbreaking premise, likable characters, and less-cliche in its narrative presentation but with less knowledge to the actors and the director.

The Maze Runner (2014)

Action, Sci-Fi, Mystery, YA Adaptation Directed by: Wes Ball Written by: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin based on  a novel by James Dashner Starred by: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario Running Time: 113 mins Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images

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TRIPLE REVIEW: The Interview (2014); 22 Jump Street (2014); The Maze Runner (2014)

  1. The Interview is silly, funny but silly. It is going to be the most-watched comedy movie of Seth Rogen simply for the controversy alone. Although because of This is the End (which I loved), I think I’m starting to expect that kind of quality in his movies, comedy that simply wouldn’t go away after you watch the movie.

    22 Jump Street was awesome, didn’t expect it to live up to expectation. I re-watched it recently, and it was still funny. I did like the Hill-Tatum tandem, with Tatum really having a blast with his character.

    I didn’t expect to like The Maze Runner, initially dismissed it. However, it was pretty decent, and I’m looking forward to where the story goes. Hopefully the next movies would also be good!

    Great review to all three movies!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I actually missed 22 Jump Street and The Maze Runner on the cinema, cause i dont quite like sequel and YA adaptation. But, both turns out manage to be a real hit and people love it!
      The Interview is pointless, but funny. I really love it although it’s not as great as two Rogen-Franco previous movies.

  2. I really have no interest in The Interview, even before the whole SONY hack debacle. But then again I’m not a fan of Rogen/Franco’s style of raunchy humor, I just don’t find that kind of thing funny. Happy New Year Paskalis!

  3. Glad you find the movie funny! I think the pointlessness was defeated by the hoopla around the film, it’s kinda a symbol for freedom of expression now so it will be immortalized. But it’s a good thing it was actually hilarious and not an awful piece of shit 🙂

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