The Maze Run­ner

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Star­ring Dy­lan O’Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster Grant Park, Kil­do­nan Place, McGil­livray, McGil­livray VIP, Polo Park, Polo Park Imax, St. Vi­tal, Towne PG 114 min­utes ½ out of five into a fur­ther tizzy. Are they doomed to a slow death by iso­la­tion, or will the Griev­ers get im­pa­tient and storm in to wipe them out? The big walled ob­sta­cle course and not-so-itsy-bitsy spi­ders keep one from con­fus­ing James Dash­ner’s The Maze Run­ner with last month’s The Giver or last spring’s Di­ver­gent or this fall’s lat­est Hunger Games. Plainly, th­ese au­thors all picked up the same copy of Joseph Camp­bell’s The Hero With a Thou­sand Faces or Vladimir Propp’s The Mor­phol­ogy of the Folk Tale. That’s what the grumpy teen walk­ing out of the the­atre ahead of me meant when she griped, “Why do th­ese things all look alike, and al­ways need se­quels?” Yeah, they’re all alike, just alike — sim­ple quest tales with lit­tle

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