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  • Writer's pictureShantanu Rastogi

The Maze Runner (2014)

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”

I do have a soft spot for this film trilogy, majorly since I used to read the books in my school days and I loved them. Revisiting the films once again and here we are with the first one!



Synopsis: From the moment Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up in that mysterious lift, the movie grips you. He’s catapulted into a world where he has no memory of his past, surrounded by a group of boys who call him "Greenie." The Glade, their new home, is a verdant prison bordered by insurmountable walls that form a complex and ever-changing maze. The boys have built a rudimentary society, complete with rules and roles, but the looming threat of the maze and its monstrous Grievers adds constant tension.


The film does an excellent job of creating an eerie and foreboding atmosphere. The production design and special effects are top-notch, bringing the maze and its horrors to life in a way that is both visually stunning and deeply unsettling. The Gladers, especially the maze runners, navigate this perilous labyrinth daily, mapping it in the hope of finding an escape. Thomas’s arrival disrupts the fragile equilibrium of their world, leading to a series of violent and near-fatal events that keep you on the edge of your seat.


 

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As the story unfolds, the cast delivers strong performances that add depth to their characters. Dylan O’Brien as Thomas is particularly compelling, capturing the character’s blend of fear, determination, and hope. The supporting cast, including Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Will Poulter, bring sincerity and energy to their roles. Their interactions and evolving dynamics help to ground the fantastical elements of the plot in genuine human emotion.


TSHC Score: 7.5/10

Despite its intense build-up and engaging storyline, the film’s ending does feel a bit slipshod, clearly setting up for a sequel. However, this doesn’t detract too much from the overall experience. The Maze Runner is a thrilling ride that combines mystery, action, and character-driven drama in a way that keeps you hooked from start to finish & leaves you eager for more!


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