Thomas wakes up in a box elevator which sends
up to a place
called the Glade surrounded by a mysterious ominous maze with no exit patrolled
(at night) by dangerous cyborg creatures called Grievers. Everything starts
to change with the arrival
of Thomas where no one remembers anything else except their name. Then Thomas
breaks the rules to try to save
two of the Gladers by going into the Maze, but it gets more complicated when a
girl named Theresa arrives saying his name.
The Gladers must solve the mystery of the Maze before it is too late as
events have put a few things into motion.
THE MAZE RUNENR is a frustrating adaptation of
Dashner novel as some of the changes works for the movie while other changes
goes against what made the book a good read.
The movie has a compressed time frame where the story takes place over
three to four days where the book takes place over weeks. Also most of
the character development of the
book is tossed aside along with a few plot points that make some of the choices
in the movie make less sense. The
casting and production are top notch, but the Griever creature design isn’t as
cool as imagined the Grievers in the book.
All of this may make me seem like a book purist, but I know book and
movies are different mediums and the right changes can still make a good movie
be a good adaptation. I do like some of
the design of the maze better and how they discover the Griever Hole in the
movie more, but I do think the script tosses aside the plot of the other
Runners aside too much to just focus on Miho and Thomas too much. Even some
of the relationship between Thomas
and Theresa is thrown aside for the script.
There is one good change for every bad change from book to movie. THE
MAZE RUNNER isn’t one of my favorite
adaptations. Adaptations that really
work are movies such as DIVERGENT, THE HUNGER GAMES, and TWILIGHT where THE
MAZE RUNNER is a mixed bag of frustration.
I think people who have never read the book will probably enjoy the
movie more where the ones who loved the book may find a problem with this
movie. I say go read the book and wait
to rent this movie. I hope they do a
better job with the adaptation of the sequel, THE SCORCH TRIALS, but part of me
wish they could remake THE MAZE RUNNER now with a better adaptation of the material.
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