Release Date: Sept. 19, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 113 Mins.
Director: West Ball
Studio:20th Century Fox
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter
The Maze Runner is a movie with big time box office potential. It has a young cast of actors playing teens locked inside of a giant maze. They don’t know who put them there or for what reason but they band together to survive. The premise sounds like sure fire success with all the Hunger Games madness starting again. But the picture only delivers for the first 2/3 of the screen time.
The acting from the focal point characters is not the problem. They all deliver rather well. Especially the super likable Chuck. The suspense is real and you can feel it as the boys try to figure out what’s going on. The area they all live in called “The Glade,” is lush and beautiful as they farm the land and make their own shelter. They work as a community and even have celebrations. The movie slowly builds revealing the threats around them bringing you in to their world, and then, BAM ! Then finally the director hits you with one of the worse endings I’ve seen in a while. What’s more is that the studio is pushing a sequel with the ending. It’s a pet peeve of mine when a movie studio does that. It undermines anything I just watched.
Maybe I’d be OK with the prospect of a sequel if a sequel wasn’t being shoved down my throat. I just don’t know if this will make the money it needs for a sequel or garner the praise it needs. If it does get a second chance it has a lot of work to do in order to undo the damage of a terrible ending to an initially engaging film.