By: Crystal Vo~
Would you survive an apocalyptic world? Or would you burn in the fire? If you are interested in action, adventure, and being on the edge of your seat during an entire movie, you definitely need to watch Maze Runner. It is an American dystopian science-fiction film directed by Wes Ball. It takes you to a new, futuristic world, where you can escape from your stressful lab reports and midterms. Maze Runner is a series of movies based on the novel trilogy written by James Dasher. The story is about a teenager named Thomas, who wakes up trapped inside a simulation of the world where his only way out is a massive maze that constantly changes shape. He and a group of other boys have no memory of their past before the simulation, besides their names. In order to escape, Thomas must piece together various clues. The second book in the trilogy, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, continues after Thomas has escaped. He has come to know that the world that he was once trapped in is now in a post-apocalyptic trance, in which a deadly virus has taken over. The third and final part of the series, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, illustrates Thomas’s fight in a life-or-death battle against the company that started the simulation.
The three movies starred Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, Kaya Scodelario as Teresa, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, Will Poulter as Gally, and Patricia Clarkson as Ava. All three movies were suspenseful and action-packed. Dylan O’Brien was also a sight for sore eyes. The films really immersed me in this new, dystopian world. The third movie would have to be my personal favorite. It had multiple plot twists, character development, and even an open-ended finale that could lead to another sequel.
The third movie also included an Asian-American character. Having such characters in the film was important to me since Asians aren’t regularly presented in the entertainment industry. I believe every race should be depicted in films because it is important to include diversity within the field of entertainment. However, the characters all touched my heart, and the movie met my expectations for thriller and action. The movie not only withheld information from the character, but also from the audience, making the plot twists even more dramatic and unpredictable. This dramatic irony really added thrill and suspense to the plot, making it very enjoyable to follow.
Maze Runner creates a new twist on post-apocalyptic worlds and I think it is important to experience this movie in case the world ends due to a virus like rhinovirus.