Directed by Wes Ball, starring Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter and Kaya Scodelario, The Maze Runner jumps straight into the action with our protagonist, Thomas being transported into the maze. With no memory of how he got there or why he we put there, the audience is taken on a journey of discovery with Thomas as he attempts to find the missing puzzle pieces behind the mystery of the maze.
To be honest, I was quite glad that I hadn’t read the books and I watching the film as just that, a film. The anticipation of seeing the story fold out was brilliant and I found myself on the edge of my seat many times throughout the film. Thomas didn’t know why he was there and neither did I. One of these scenes would have to be when Thomas went through the entrance to the maze at the last minute and the large concrete walls continued to close in. Even though logically, we knew nothing would happen to our hero, my hand was still over my mouth.
In terms of its characters, Chuck was the cutest thing ever and I was (spoiler) devastated when he got shot at the end of the film. It’s only female character (a part from the WCKD lady) Teresa, played by Kaya Scodelario was a breath of fresh air when it came to young female characters in similar films. Can I just shout hallelujah to the fact that Thomas and Teresa proved that a non romantic hero and heroine couple is possible and that they really can just be friends but still care for each other.
On a final note, I loved how Teresa’s hair was actually a mess and not magically clean and styled like we find in so many other films! It was thick and looked like it hadn’t been brushed in days because, gee, it hadn’t!
Overall I would have to give this film an 4/5. I cannot wait for ‘Phase Two’ and I look forward to learning more about WCKD as Thomas does.