Riveting sci-fi thriller
‘The Maze Runner’ is an engrossing, absolutely riveting sci-fi thriller set in an island where a group of youngsters find themselves trapped.
Name : The Maze Runner
Cast : Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scode-lario, Thomas Brodie-Sang ster, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson
Direction : Wes Ball
Genre : Sci-fi
Rating : ****
Like : Script
UnLike : The role of Kaya Scoldelario
‘The Maze Runner’ is an engrossing, absolutely riveting sci-fi thriller set in an island where a group of youngsters find themselves trapped. The key to their escape is a maze. A mysterious organisation called W.C.K.D (whatever that stands for) is involved. But as a clue these youths find messages like “wicked is good” and “there will be a change” meant to guide them.
Our hero in the film is 16-year-old Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) O’Brien, who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of his name or his past only to learn that the other boys too have come into the maze in the same way. It is a high walled concrete structure and from time to time the walls keep closing in on those trying to escape, crushing them to death. In this Maze lurks a Griever, a deadly spider-like creature meant to feed on humans.
It is a strange new world graphically recreated and designed to send a shiver down many a spine. What’s more, the brilliant screenplay is imbued with “what’s next” appeal and it unfurls like peeling the layers of an onion. The characters of the young fellows too have been well etched. There’s chubby Chuck (Blake Cooper), Chinky Minha (Ki Hong Li), an argumentative Gally (Will Poulter), who later on tries to split the group. And like how God created woman, there suddenly appears Teresa (Kaya Scoldelario) who seems to have a past connection with Thomas or is it just sprinkling suspicion like mustard?
But unlike most of today’s films, ‘The Maze Runner’ does not peter off in the last quarter. On the contrary, the narrative is gripping right up to the very end, when all the strings are neatly tied together. Whatever it be, director Wes Ball makes most of Enrique Chedick’s caressing camera work and Zimmeramn’s editing skills. Of course competent performances by a set of youngsters, especially Dylan O’Brien and Blake Cooper add a great deal to the film. Kaya Scoldelario is merely decorative in this not-to-be-missed thriller.