Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Osarague Otebele (Hollis F. Price Middle College High School)
Released in September, Maze Runner has quickly captured the hearts of viewers everywhere. A strong cast, action and suspenseful scenes makes it one of the best movies of 2014.
The movie is based on the book The Maze Runner, written by James Dashner and published in 2009. The plot revolves around Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), a teenager, who arrives in “The Glade” at the center of a giant labyrinth. Similarly to others dumped there before him, he has no memory of his previous life. Thomas quickly becomes part of the existing group and soon demonstrates a unique perspective that scores him a promotion to “runner” status- those who patrol the ever-changing maze to find a possible escape route. Together with Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the only female, Thomas tries to convince his cohorts that he knows a way out.
The cast certainly bring the movie to life while doing the original book justice. With great chemistry, and even better acting the cast made the movie worthwhile. O’Brien killed his role has Thomas; Fans who know him as Stiles from ‘Teen Wolf’ will love him even more after seeing this. His great acting skills and his ability to become totally immersed in a character really makes him stand out. Scodelario did not let being the only female character in the movie hold her back; she took every scene seriously and made watching the movie a great experience.
Minho (played by Ki-Hong Lee) is the fun-loving character who never seems to let the fact that they are all trapped in a labyrinth stop him from enjoying himself. Newt (Thomas Sangater) formed a special relationship with Thomas and they two will forever be known as one of the best bromance’s ever. Gally (Will Poulter) was the villain of the movie, the one that never trusted Thomas. He quickly turned into Thomas’s first enemy. With a great cast, amazing acting and suspenseful scenes, The Maze Runner really deserves it title as one of the finest movies of 2014.