The Maze Runner Movie Review

September 17, 2014 9:45 PM

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The Maze Runner Movie Review

It’s the ultimate nightmare of being the new kid at a boys’ high school. You find yourself in an elevator hurtling upward, fast, until it hits the top, and you are disgorged into a huge field bordered with high prison-like walls. You remember nothing, not even your name; the couple dozen other boys call you Greenie. They are lifers in this Glade, with virtually no hope of escape, and they tell you their three rules: 1. Do your part. 2. Never harm another Glader. 3. Never go beyond the walls.

But rules are made to be broken, especially by the young heroes of YA adventures like The Maze Runner, James Dashner’s trilogy of novels. In the mode of The Hunger Games and Divergent, Dashner puts teens of the future through harrowing tests of stamina, usually outdoors. It’s a sadistic teacher’s ve...

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