Mixed-up, confused kids with no directions home

September 19, 2014 7:05 AM

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Mixed-up, confused kids with no directions home

The Maze Runner is an existential horror story that mixes the fraternal feuding of Lord of the Flies with the giant tentacled menace of 1950s sci-fi monster movies such as Tarantula, with the Kafka-esque social order of the 1960s cult series The Prisoner, with the garbage-compactor scene from the first Star Wars.

Multiply that last one - two giant slabs of concrete closing in on Luke Skywalker and crew - a few thousand times: The band of boys who live inside a big encampment in The Maze Runner, their memories erased, their purpose unknown, are ringed by towering walls that shift and clang with ominous author...

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