Throwback LRI Review: The Maze Runner

This review was originally posted on DiamondsInDaSky.com on September 23, 2014, and does not abide by the current grading system.


This week, I learned there is far too much of a good idea in watching The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball, and starring Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Kaya Scodelario.

I may be on a bit of an "angsty-young-adults-usurp-maniacal-adults" theme overload, so please excuse the impending snark contained within this review.

The film starts as we watch a young Thomas, who doesn't know who he is or what's going on, getting launched in a cage-like dumbwaiter up a concrete chimney at a high rate of speed.

So yeah, it's that kind of nonsense.

Thomas immediately meets the rag-tag group of young men who are in a Lord of the Flies-like situation, only instead of an island, it's a ginormous, shape-shifting, spider-robot-infested maze.

I'm sorry. I've been there and done that with this storyline. First, it's The Giver. Then, it's Divergent. Now it's this (mostly) all-male, slightly gay-baiting movie?

Granted, I may be slightly biased with The Giver since I grew up reading that. And I might be a little biased on Divergent because of my feelings on an expert soundtrack picking up the slack for the rest of the letdowns. But The Maze Runner is trash. Pure, stinky, melting garbage.

I freaking hated every inch of this and I wouldn't recommend leaving it on after leaving your house, to give the impression that someone is home because that would give the film a play count. And they don't even deserve that. Thankfully, I used my MoviePass to watch this movie, so I only paid my monthly subscription for unlimited movies!

1/1/17 Update: Movie title links have been updated to include iTunes affiliate links.