DIG Box Office: On the contrary, 'The Maze Runner' misses its mark
BY: SARA BERKSON
There seems to be trend of post-apocalyptic movies involving kids being isolated. From "The Hunger Games" to "Divergent," and now, "The Maze Runner," everything seems really familiar. You would think that there would be more original ideas out there. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner, "The Maze Runner" is about a boy named Thomas who wakes up trapped in a mysterious maze with a group of other boys. He remembers nothing of the outside world and can only hope to escape with the help of his reoccurring dreams about an unknown organization called W.C.K.D. From a reader’s perspective, "Maze Runner" took the wrong path due to the blatant mistakes made by the director and producer. Plot devices that are really important to the story line are missing and other parts are added that are significantly different from the books plot. Some aspects and scenes change the story completely. However, if you have never read the book/series, you will probably really enjoy this film, especially if you’re a fan of other films in this genre.
The author made it really easy to paint a picture of the setting, which was on point when it came to the movie screen. In fact, the first 15 minutes was pretty accurate to the book and followed the story quite well. It was when the action scenes happened that the movie strayed. I’m worried about how they are going to incorporate relationship aspects between Thomas and Teresa in the next movie (The Scorch Trials) when they were absent in this movie.
I know that people say that a book is always better than its movie, but at least with other movies (The Hunger Games, Divergent, even Harry Potter) they didn’t add things that didn’t even happen. I understand that movies are to be made in about a two-hour time period, but maybe leave the script writing to someone who actually read the book.
The Maze Runner wasn’t a flop, but if your looking forward to a movie based on a book, you probably should check out something else.