The Maze Runner is a great kids movie. It’s mysterious, full of action, full of danger. Like the Hunger Games, Divergent and other young adult movies, the premise is kind of ridiculous and you just have to kind of take it at face value. It’s in the script. For some reason kids are being deposited in a bucolic “Glade,” which is a central park-like wilderness. The kids have had their memories erased and they have to learn to work together to get through the day. The Glade is surrounded on all sides by these huge stone halls that they can’t get over. But during the day, huge walls slide apart revealing an entrance to a maze. They can go explore the maze, but at night the doors close and no one who’s trapped in the maze at night ever survives or is seen again.
So what are the boys going to do? How are they going to get out of the maze? Should they even try? When Thomas, our hero, arrives on the scene. He’s just like the other boys. His memory has been erased. He has know idea about who he is, why he is there, or how to survive. But for some reason the fragile balance of existence the boys have established in the Glade starts to unravel. And when the mysterious forces driving the scene introduce a girl into the community things go even more haywire, especially for our hero Thomas.
But not in the way you’d think.
I liked the movie because not only is it a well-paced action movie, it shows kids dealing with their fears, learning to be brave, learning to be independent thinkers, and learning to to take action and make shit happen.