Movie review: The Maze Runner

Movie review: The Maze Runner

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SINGAPORE - Is The Maze Runner this generation's Lord Of The Flies?

For those who studied William Golding's 1954 best-seller as a literature text will see the many tropes that The Maze Runner author James Dashner borrowed for his own dystopian fiction.

The Maze Runner is also set in a society where boys govern themselves and live off the land - just that here they are in the middle of a gigantic, elaborate maze where there's no way out.

Newcomer Dylan O'Brien is an adequate lead as Thomas, the one who creates cracks in the seemingly peaceful arena by wanting to escape the maze.

The maze itself is visually stunning, and adequate thrills make this a passable YA flick that focuses on survival instead of romance.

But those who desire more should consider picking up Golding's revered text instead.

- Joanne Soh

This article was first published on September 10, 2014.
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