The Maze Runner, with Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter & Blake Cooper. Director, Wes Ball. Though the trailers looked enticing, we all know they can lead to a mediocre or terrible film. I was astounded that this film, which is chock full of early twenty something’s, was excellent, entertaining & well done. Though flawed with a couple of details which, were I to complain at length, would spoil the film.
It’s the story & the whole production that rescue the homely O’Brien from over the top earnestness & just plain immaturity. Though he’s not the worst to sprout lately, his portrayal of a young man dumped into the middle of a crisis, in the middle of the maze, amidst a host of Lord of the Flies children; would have been a disaster if not for excellent direction & VFX to distract. I’m sure, he’ll step up to the plate, sooner or later. Unless; one of a number of lookalikes excel first to the number one spot for that body type & facial appearance. If you know what I mean. Success doesn’t favor sameness.
I really did like the film, surprisingly. Movies with such a young cast usually appeal only to that age group. However; this film had the gusto & insertion of maturity; giving everyone something to cheer. The graphics were superb & not overdone. No overt predictability or slow downs.
There were unlikeable characters, as well as those who were endearing. A nice mix, as a background to an excellent sci-fi piece.
I do recommend the film. It could have been released a month ago to qualify as a valid blockbuster. But what do I know!
Perhaps the movie will do well enough to merit a sequel. Then they can actually cast a female role with substantial face time. Otherwise, it’s a boys’ club, all the way.