Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
It s an intriguing premise, at first anyway, but the more we learn about Thomas and Teresa s shared nightmarish memories, and the closer the movie gets to its requisite "to be continued" climax, the less interesting it all seems.
Consistently engaging, although never outright challenging.
As world-creation YA pictures go, "The Maze Runner" feels refreshingly low-tech and properly story-driven, based on James Dashner s popular 2009 fantasy novel.
I couldn t help getting hooked by the combination of fine acting, intriguing premise and riveting scenery -- even if the story, at times, was a bit too easy.
Rare is the movie based on a best-seller that is vastly superior to the book that inspired it. "The Maze Runner" is just such a rarity.
The Maze Runner bucks the conventions of its genre by functioning as a pure cliffhanger machine, fueled by mystery instead of melodrama.
I was quite riveted.
There s a pleasantly low-fi, bare-bones kind of storytelling here, at least before the movie s mysteries are boringly explained - another apocalypse to parse.
What s intriguing about "The Maze Runner"-for a long time, at least-is the way it tells us a story we think we ve heard countless times before but with a refreshingly different tone and degree of detail.
A sci-fi thriller set in a vaguely post-apocalyptic future must create a fully drawn universe to thoroughly captivate the viewer. But Maze Runner feels only partially formed.