While reading the book and then watching the movie worked well in the case of Gone Girl, it really fell flat in The Maze Runner for me. Although I didn’t particularly love the book, to me the movie really went off track to what the book was about.
Firstly, the book was what I found to be an intelligent read with heavy world building, especially in the form of the slang. These Gladers who live far away from human civilization have learnt to describe words and people in different ways, and this came out in the form of 2 words in the actual movie. I also found the book to be quite clever in the way Thomas solved the secrets of the maze, and the mystery and intricate world building around it.
Unfortunately instead of communicating essentially what I felt was the core part of the book, the movie cut out most of the boring parts or the parts that would take too long to explain, and made it full of action. That’s not a bad thing in any case, but it just felt like the book and the movie were two separate entities which are based off each other.
Want to know why there is a maze? How did they find their way out so easily? Why is there a mysterious girl and what are the secrets of the maze? Well you’ll be left hanging, because the movie felt like such a condensed version of the book that it doesn’t answer any of these questions as all.
Instead of attempting to demonstrate how Thomas solves the maze, his connection with the mysterious girl, or why people go crazy when they’re stung, they just decided to put that in the “too hard basket” and just go with the easy convenient explanation. Everything just felt so darn easy and it was full of loopholes and unexplained answers.
The actors did pretty well and for the most part, all the visuals of the maze captured the dark and foreboding feeling of being trapped in the maze. It was full of action and it was great to see on screen how the Runners had to be really fit to navigate the maze and how scary the Grievers were in person.
The Maze Runner movie is one where you’ll have to leave your brain at the door and not think too much about it. I think those who haven’t read the book (or read it a while ago) would probably enjoy it, because you don’t really know what you’re missing and you’ll see an action movie set in a maze. If you read the book a long time ago and don’t remember the specifics, you can enjoy it as an action movie too. But for me, I just felt like it changed the element of the book and ending up feeling like just another action flick.
Verdict: See it or leave it.
What did you think of the Maze Runner movie?