The Maze Runner: Film Review

By SOFIA MARTUSCELLI

A young man wakes up inside a rusty elevator. When he arrives on the last floor, he is greeted by other like him in a grassy clearing, surrounded by tall walls. Suddenly, he finds himself unable to remember anything about his life, except for his name.

This is the beginning of the new American film The Maze Runner, which was released in Italy on October 8. The film is set in a dystopian society and is based on James Dashner’s novel by the same title published in 2009. The film is the first installment in a longer film series and was directed by Wes Ball.

The plot of the feature follows the life of Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, who suddenly wakes up in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn that he has been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth, all while establishing a functioning society in what they call “The Glade”.

If you enjoy action movies, The Maze Runner is the right film for you. The film, just like the book, uses logic methods and rational, analytic skills and requires your full attention in order for you to understand what is truly happening in and outside of the labyrinth. You are transported into a surreal world where you are guided by Thomas and the others trapped in the maze. The finale will leave you asking one simple question, “When is the next film coming out?!”

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