Maze Runner – Another distopian teenage thriller

Distopian future, good looking people with a likable persona, a love interest, the world to save, losing newly made friends along the way, twists and turns only to find out the reality isn’t what it seemed.

BOOM! Welcome to the Summer block buster of this season and every season for the last decade served with a side of explosions and a cake with not enough layers on it.

In a society governed by people whose objective seems logical on a broader scale yet not ethical. But often there is something more selfish behind the what appears to be logical solutions where humans are treated as guinea pigs and the hero questions if the one live sacrificed (usually his love interest) is worth all that and usually ends up saving the girl friend and the world welcome to every distopian film focused on an teenage audience who wants more something more than the traditional romance or the action flick. Something and I quote ‘deeper’ , hello call me a sci-fi nerd if you like because I saw all of the 100 million dollar budget sci-fi’s with the pretty girl next door persona girls would you guess where oh yes the iMax.

It reminds me of a scene from Black Books

Bernard: You’re going on holiday. You want trash. But you want different kinds
of trash. (To female customer) You’re a woman, you want social themes,
believable characters. (To male customer) You, you want plots, suspense. This’ll
do you both.
Female customer: Hmm…
Bernard: (holds up another copy of the book) There’s this temp, right? She’s 29,
she can’t get a boyfriend, oh my god.
Female customer: Sounds great!
Male customer: No, no way.
Bernard: And she’s got 12 hours to stop nuclear war with China.
Male customer: Great.

This film is all that is written above and some things more. What I do like about the film is that it has less of a romance that you would expect from others of the same genre which makes it a bit better. Everything else is pretty much the same the chosen one who goes against the rules, breaks them and succeeds. Isn’t popular with the older leaders but everyone loves them, because well he is giving them more than the typical good life that they were used to before. Now its exciting there is hope, drama and dead bodies.

This group of young adults is stuck in a maze. Where they are there is food, shelter and all you need to survive but they are stuck in a maze run by they don’t know who. Are they alien? Are they scientists? Does the world exist as they knew it who knows. Anyways so the maze opens its doors everyday and closes them at night if you don’t make it by the night, you’re dead what kills you is a mystery.

There are different classes, the runners are the Alpha who run the maze memorize it and perhaps find a way out one day. In comes our rebel hero, sacrificing, charming, fast and all. The rest is no mystery.

There are some twists and turns and yes they do leave that chuky is still alive moment at the end. Since its not in cinemas anymore , you can watch it with some folks over if you want to test out the new big speaker that you just acquired.

imdb : 6.9/10

my rating : 6/10

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Fahim Akhter

Fahim is a product manager with over 10 years of experience currently working as product head at MONT5. He focuses on user centric centric design, especially on brand, user experience and revenue product challenges. Prior to joining MONT5, Fahim's has worn multiple hats during his career from game production to product development but the emphasis has always been on creating unparalleled user experience and to help startups to make complex products more engaging. He has worked on diversified portfolio of startups including games, apps, education and e-commerce with product reach of 10M users across the globe. Fahim is a computer science graduate from FAST Islamabad. He volunteers for education and mentors students and startups, to help them grow and drive innovation.

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