Felt like a reality tv version of what a clash of Lord of the Flies with Battle Royale would be, with no audience or TV. That amazing idea of a absent Big Brother is really good. And it works. A lot better than Hunger Games. That society of kids, that behave , like Lacan would say, as if there was a Big Other watching, that would see and judge. It's clever. and a good metaphor. The premise is solid, again, unlike HG.
Another YA effort trying to capture that 'Twilight/Hunger Games' business that fares pretty well pitted up against the other adaptations of late. The main problem is one of logic. So...the world is burning up and civilization is failing and we put our hopes in a bunch of teenage boys in a facility that must have cost a country's GNP to build? Good in that leave your brain at the door kind of way, just don't think.
Riding on the coat-tails of the The Hunger Games' success, The Maze Runner is standard, disappointing PG12 fayre; part apocalyptic parable, part Lord Of The Flies, with echoes of a story that anime so often does better. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (different class) seems to have stepped in from a different and wholly more serious film, and he alone makes it watchable.
For a teen thing, it is actually entertaining. Although I find the plot being somehow stupid (the ecofriendly-look-at-our-future shtick doesn't stick to it), I really think the casting choices are good. Not memorable, but neither terrible.
Despite the infuriatingly aggravating faces of the not-so-good lead performers, and the incomprehensible shaky-cam effect during action scenes (particularly at night), this was much more entertaining than I anticipated. Thrilling and suspenseful action is its strongest point, while an unintelligent story masquerading as a contemporary hat tip to William Golding is the weakest.