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Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.



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Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment, subsisting on their own agriculture and supplies. A new boy arrives every 30 days. The original group has been in "The Glade" for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze that surrounds their living space. They have begun to give up hope. Then a comatose girl arrives with a strange note, and their world begins to change. There are some great, fast-paced action scenes, particularly those involving the nightmarish Grievers who plague the boys. Written by KelseyJ

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El corredor del laberinto  »

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$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,512,804 (USA) (19 September 2014)


$91,770,093 (USA) (23 October 2014)

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W.C.K.D is pronounced as wicked, because in the book the acronym was W.I.C.K.E.D.; standing for World In Catastrophe, Killzone Experiment Department. See more »


When Thomas and his group of Gladers are escaping the maze, Teresa found out that they had to enter a code. Minho says the code out loud and the code is accepted. Except they couldn't have known in what order they had to enter the code, since the code was the order in which the sections of the maze change, but they couldn't have known what the very first section was that changed ever. See more »


Ava Paige: I am sure by now you all must be very confused... angry, frightened. I can only assure you that everything that's happened to you... everything we've done to you... it was all done for a reason.
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"Lord of the flies" meets "Labyrinth"
19 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Film Review: The Maze Runner (2014)

By: Mohamed Buhendi

The Maze Runner is a 2014 Sci-fi/Action film, directed by Wes ball, and based on the book of the same name by James Dashner. It stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie- Sangster, Will Poulter, and Ki-hong Lee. The film tells the story of a group of boys that each, one after the other, find themselves trapped in a place known as "The Glade". Inside this place lies a dangerous maze where mechanical spider-like creatures known as "The Grievers" roam in the night, looking for their next prey. Among this group of boys are a chosen few known as "The Runners", that once a day, run through the maze and try to learn everything about it, in order to find a way out. "Thomas" (Played by Dylan O'Brien) is the last boy brought to this mysterious place, and it isn't until his arrival that the spark of rebellion ignites.

The film was sort of like "Lord Of The Flies" (1963), meets "Labyrinth" (1986). Due to all the time they've spent together in "The Glade" the boys form a brotherhood, and learn the value of friendship and family, and try their best to protect one another from any harm. There are a string of ongoing questions that they keep asking themselves throughout, such as, "Why are they in this place?", "How did they end up here?", and most importantly, "Who Runs the place?"

The film isn't predictable, and viewers are kept on their toes from start to finish. The best thing about the film was the direction by "Wes Ball", which was clever and well thought out, and the action sequences were a sight to see. For a young adult adaptation, the writing for the film was decent, and the performances by all the up-and-coming young actors involved were surprisingly strong. "Dylan O'Brien", who plays the protagonist "Thomas", carries the film very well, and it's refreshing to see "Styles" being the independent one for a change.

"The Hunger Games" comparisons are unavoidable, but unlike other Young Adult adaptations that were hyped up to become the next big hit, "The Maze Runner" doesn't try so hard. It doesn't have forced love triangles, cheesy dialogue, mythical creatures, or magic. Instead, it's a simple and pleasing adaptation of the book by "James Dashner", and it succeeds without trying to be the next "Twilight" or "Hunger Games". Overall, "The Maze Runner" is a smart and thrilling theatrical adventure, and if it does really well, and the studio ends up making sequels, then I have no complains.

Grade: B

Similar Movie: Lord of the flies (1963) / Labyrinth (1986)

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