The Maze Runner: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

By Hannah Aven Guarin | 2 years ago
The Maze Runner: Synopsis and Review [WATCH VIDEO]

The 20th Century Fox’s “The Maze Runner” is a young adult film directed by Wes Ball. It is based on James Dashner’s best-selling novel of the same name. The cast members include: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Aneen, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Blake Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. It opens in theaters on Sept. 19, 2014. Read on to learn more about “The Maze Runner” synopsis and review.

“The Maze Runner” Synopsis:


The film opens up with Thomas (O’Brien) arriving at the Glade, hardly remembering anything from his past. Just like the other boys there, Thomas wakes up in an elevator with some stuff. Alby (Ameen), the very first who arrived at the Glade, and Newt (Brodie-Sangster) form the leadership of their makeshift society. Meanwhile, Gally (Poulter)  ensures that the others perform their duties.

Every night, the Maze shifts. Every day, the Runners, guided by Minho (Lee), set out in a quest to find a way out. However, they must get out of the Maze before nightfall because of the Grievers, like giant spiders, roaming around the Maze.

Teresa’s (Scodelario) arrival, being the only girl, changes the social order, specifically her strange connection with Thomas.

“The Maze Runner” Review:

As of this writing, the film received a 60 percent rating from the critics in Rotten Tomatoes, while 98 percent of the moviegoers would like to see it.

Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter (THR) mentioned in his review that the film’s ultimate challenge will have to do with managing the expectations of the fans. He also noted that even if the film can be engaging, it was not challenging.

“Aside from some uneven handling of the cast, Ball competently styles the action sequences throughout the film and capitalizes on his VFX expertise with pulse-pounding scenes tracking the Runners through the Maze battling Grievers,” wrote Lowe in his review in THR.

Meanwhile, TheWrap’s Alonso Duralde wrote in his review that as the film nears its to-be-continued ending,it gets less engaging.

“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,” said Duralde in his review in TheWrap.


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There you have it for the synopsis and review of “The Maze Runner.” It opens in theaters on Sept. 19, 2014. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming films.

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