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The Maze Runner Film Review

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Hello! I’m Grace, I’m 14 years old and I’m your average teenager. Well, apart from a small (it’s bigger on the inside) obsession with TV programs such as Doctor Who and Sherlock! I live with my Mum, Dad and a little brother. I also have a Labrador called Ruby. Most of my time is spent at school and doing school work for my GCSE’s (dull!). But in my spare time I enjoy being with my friends (or messaging, texting, skypeing, snap chatting, intsagraming  them), listening to music, reading, writing, drama and especially watching films… this is why I am going to be writing some reviews to let you know what I think is hot or not! (If you enjoy what I write, you may be interested in my blog called Diary of a Teenage Film Fanatic! Find it here:

The Maze Runner

UK Release 10th October 2014

The Maze Runner is based on the first book of the best-selling young adult trilogy by James Dashner… think The Hunger Games and add a maze!

It is the story of Thomas, a boy with secrets even he can’t remember. He finds himself transported into a community of boys living together in a place called the Glade, growing their own food and living in makeshift houses. The glade is surrounded on all sides by a terrifying maze, with high walls and huge doors which open during the day but close automatically at night. The internal walls of the maze change shape every night and inside holds terrifying creatures, which stop the boys being able to escape. Some of the boys have been living trapped in the Glade for three years, and no-one seems to know why, or who put them there, or has any memory of their life before. When Thomas arrives, everything changes.

The film stars many young actors, such as Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, Blake Cooper as Chuck, and Kaya Scodelario as Teresa. None of these actors I have heard of before, but the film did also star Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt (Simon in Nanny McPhee) and Will Poulter as Gally (Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader).

In the cinema the audience was full of many different ages from young to old(ish!), it was bursting at the seams! Everyone seemed to enjoy the film and at certain points you could feel the tension in the room. This plot was full of twists and turns, just when you think they are safe something else goes wrong!

Before going to see the film I read the book and thought it was very good, however the film did miss out certain elements of the books that I thought were quite important. (I heard that the film had to be substantially edited to bring it down from a 15 certificate to a 12, so perhaps that’s why some significant parts were missing). The second film of the trilogy – The Scorch Trials – is due for release September 2015. As for the third film… I do not know whether this film series will follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games and split its last film into two parts but I hope it doesn’t as I am getting a bit fed up of that now!

As always, the film reviews for The Maze Runner have been mixed. One film reviewer on IMDB  said that ‘The film isn't predictable, and viewers are kept on their toes from start to finish… For a young adult adaptation, the writing for the film was decent, and the performances by all the up-and-coming young actors involved were surprisingly strong.’

However, there have been some bad reviews, for example another IMDB reviewer wrote that ‘it was so incredibly bland, run-of-the- mill, predictable and A-B-C, I actually fell asleep during the movie. It didn't help that the movie was twenty minutes too long and that I knew what scene would take place four scenes ahead.’

Personally I am a big fan of dystopian movies such as this and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as have many of my friends. Overall I would say that this film is definitely hot and will go on to be the new Hunger Games! 

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