Young adult epic fail
Buff actors? Formulaic and incomprehensible plot? Must be the the latest YA movie, writes Tara Brady
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
A talented cast attempt to breathe life into a bonkers script