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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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19 September 2014 (USA)  »

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$34,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$101,813,353 (USA) (19 December 2014)
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Kaya Scodelario's favorite day on set was when she spent an entire shooting day on the top of a tree with O'Brien. She said that was when they really spent time together as actors and got to know each other better. See more »

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In the middle of the film we see all of the gladers taking shelter as it is raining hard as a storm passes over, but then at the end of the film we see that the maze is set in the middle of a desert and by looking at the dusty remains of the buildings it is clear that it has not rained for a long period of time. See more »

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Worth a watch but nothing special
28 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was basically a very low-key version of Divergent.

I wasn't particularly impressed but it's entertaining enough so I'm just going to give a brief overview of the good and bad points.

Bad points being that it literally is a low-key version of every tween film ever made - I think they spent about 5 seconds quickly pointing out all of the gangs and establishing which was the 'cool' gang. It's all about 'being chosen' and 'being special' which I think is very damaging to young children's personal development because that's not how life is. The white guy is the saviour of literally everyone. They all seem a bit too well adjusted for people who have been kidnapped, no insanity or OCD habits and ticks. As usual the monsters have this weird thing where they are extremely agile with lots of legs and extra tentacle-claws so theoretically they 'should' be able to catch and/or kill the people they're chasing fairly easily but movie logic ensures they can't. At least until the script requires it.

Good points are that enough things happen to keep the viewer's attention and whilst it's not believable that there weren't more arguments, this actually made the film easier to watch because it's annoying when there is too much opposition. One bad guy is enough. The scary monsters were genuinely scary and I thought the twist(s) at the end were good.

I'd watch a second film but this one is so unoriginal that I have to give it a 6.


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