Year Released: 2014
Main Stars: Dylan O’Brien , Blake Cooper , Will Poulter , Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Review Date: Ferbuary 2016
Last watched: January 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
Increasingly there is less of a line between what is real and what is computer effect in films. Maze Runner is one of those that does a really good job of making you forget the technology and although the wall and the monsters and the maze must be green-screen, there isnt even a hint that the cast are not fighting real monsters and running through a real maze. Very well done.
The plot and acting are not so good. Putting aside the glaring plot holes (torches to hide with, helicopters, massive tech to create the whole place, etc.) there is also a lack of need for most of the cast. Unfortunately the one girl in the entire group is not needed at all. Perhaps she’s a lead in for the next movie – clearly going to be one – or just a token gesture.
The real acting, not over dramatics, is from Will and Blake who make it look like they’ve always been there waiting for a film to be made around them.
Lots of effects, lots of running, lots of arguments and if you’re happy to put your brain to rest for a while and concentrate on the visuals then this is actually a fun adventure, despite the overly-serious nature of the script. There are worse films to watch.
DVD Extras: A couple of lame deleted scenes and some commentary. Not worth bothering about.
Watch if on TV?
Yes, for a bit of maze-lovin’
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
More of a hug than a snog.