2014, Movies

The Maze Runner (2014, Wes Ball)

Thoughts (Including major spoilers, but I don’t care because you should not watch this piece of shit):

  • So there are trees everywhere. Why don’t they build a scaffold? (Instead of that stupid treehouse.)
  • This is one of those movies where conflicts would disappear if the characters would only open their mouths…
  • It’s like one of my fucking teenage fantasies.
  • “The Changing”??? Jesus Christ
  • There doesn’t appear to be water anywhere yet everyone is very clean. (Eventually, they revealed a pond, so never mind.)
  • Also, where’s the map? (Oh, never mind on that too.)
  • Is this based on a video game? It sure feels like it was. (No, just a shitty YA trilogy. Of course it’s a trilogy.)
  • It appeals to the egocentrism of young adults: they can be the Jesus figure, the saviour, the uniquely gifted individual that nobody’s ever seen before (within their peer group)
  • When they are being chased by the “Griebers,” everyone runs around with torches. Is this because they’re idiots or because they are teenagers? It is never made clear.
  • Shouldn’t the Chinese dude be the leader? He’s the most competent.
  • The protagonist has amazing recall for a guy who just got there.
  • “World Catastrophe Kill Zone Department”??? You have to be fucking kidding me. How is this author allowed to write? I hope he sleeps at night. (I bet he sleeps on a pile of money…)
  • The ending is the worst kind of reveal, where the audience had absolutely no way of guessing what was coming – no inkling at all.
  • They’re in the fucking desert?!?!?! You have to be kidding me. Didn’t it rain earlier?
  • And then, after the bullshit reveal, there is a bullshit twist. Fuck this movie.
  • But… SEQUEL!!!

3/10

PS: Yes, I was in an uncharitable mood. 3/10 might be slightly cruel. But 4/10 feels generous.

  • Directed by Wes Ball
  • Produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman
  • Screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin, Based on The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Starring
    • Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, the last male to enter the Glade
    • Kaya Scodelario as Teresa, the first and only female Glader
    • Aml Ameen as Alby, the first male to enter the Glade and the leader of the Gladers
    • Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, second-in-command of the Gladers
    • Ki Hong Lee as Minho, the head runner
    • Will Poulter as Gally
    • Patricia Clarkson as Ava Paige, the Head of W.C.K.D.
    • Blake Cooper as Chuck, a very young Glader
    • Dexter Darden as Frypan, a cook
    • Jacob Latimore as Jeff
    • Chris Sheffield as Ben, a runner
    • Joe Adler as Zart
    • Randall D. Cunningham as Clint
    • Alexander Flores as Winston
    • Don McManus as Masked Man, an armed soldier who rescues the Gladers
  • Music by John Paesano
  • Cinematography by Enrique Chediak
  • Edited by Dan Zimmerman
  • Production companies: Gotham Group, Temple Hill Entertainment, TSG Entertainment
  • Distributed by 20th Century Fox
  • Release date: September 19, 2014
  • Running time: 113 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $34 million
  • Box office: $348.3 million

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