Young adult epic fail

Buff ac­tors? For­mu­laic and in­com­pre­hen­si­ble plot? Must be the the lat­est YA movie, writes Tara Brady

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FILM REVIEWS -

THE MAZE RUN­NER ★★ Di­rected by Wes Ball Star­ring Dy­lan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scode­lario, Will Poul­ter, Ki Hong Lee 12A cert, gen re­lease, 113 min

Whither post-apoc­a­lyp­tic young adult sci-fi? With two movies to go, Hunger Games al­ready feels overly fa­mil­iar. Di­ver­gent’s pretty out­siders seemed to emerge from mis­trans­lated mash-up of Ni­et­zschean ethics: Will to Pout, any­one? But The Maze Run­ner is a gen­uine cause for despair.

The lat­est bid to trans­form some ran­dom work of dystopian teen fic­tion into a box-of­fice business op­por­tu­nity sees Teen Wolf’s Dy­lan O’Brien wake up, sans mem­ory, in a glade pop­u­lated en­tirely by buff teenage boys: pic­ture a PG-rated ba­nana-boat cruise. This im­plau­si­ble agrar­ian so­ci­ety comes with nice look­ing back­packs and is sur­rounded by un­scal­able walls. Be­hind th­ese walls lies an elab­o­rate maze po­liced by steam-punk spi­dery things

Lost boys

A tal­ented cast at­tempt to breathe life into a bonkers script

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