By Kyra-lin Hom
The Maze Runner (2014) is the newest YA (young adult) book-to-screen adaptation to try for the big leagues. This first movie, just opened in theaters, is based on the first book of James Dashner's trilogy+prequel bearing the same name. It's a dystopian, post-apocalyptic, Lord of the Flies-style adventure story wherein memory-wiped teenage boys are dropped in the center of a massive Lovecraftian maze with no explanation and have to survive.
Unlike my approach to the Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent, Percy Jackson, etc. franchises, I accidentally stumbled across this one and know almost nothing about the books. Coming in blind has given me a fresh perspective.
Frustrations with the movie first. The days of the stand-alone film adaptation are gone. Though I did enjoy the film despite some epically bad dialogue, the in-movie realization that this was but part one of (at least) three was frustrating. The end was vaguely unsatisfying for movie goers and obviously in place to tease those who knew the books.More ›