The Maze Runner (Trailer #1) Review

This to my great surprise looks really good! I remember some vague talk of this film but this looks really good, I won’t to see it now. As an example of my high opinion I bumped my already late ‘Lego Movie review’ to my Friday slot because I wanted this review out as close to its trailer release as possible. It feels an awful lot like Attack on Titan plus lord of the flies, and wow that is one nutty combo and I like it. The cloths, the walls, the colour scheme, they all link back to a live action version of Attack on Titan, the more I watch it the more I see it. As for lord of the flies it’s pretty obvious, the group of boys (teens), their rituals and the isolation from society. It’s a male oriented tween film as well which is something new to try out on the big screen. The film also boasts a fantastic group of young actors, all very talented which is nice to see and quite rare in these ‘tween’ films. Enjoy the review and please tell me your initial reactions to this new trailer, more so if you disagree.

“Who put us here? What’s out there?”


My Score: B+

Release date: 19th September 2014


Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young 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.

What I liked

#6. Claustrophobic?


I am not Claustrophobic but I do get effected when watching stuff like this, start to get tense, take a breath. Quite like that effect and this looks to have a few of them to play with. Remember The Descent? Never going into a cave again.

#5. Single Lady (Literally One)


1 girl 50 guys, hmm. Don’t get this whole thing, not sure why there are only boys, not sure why that has changed now, but we’ll find when we watch the film. Kaya Scodelario is also a very good actress, whilst I don’t care all that much for Skins, she was good in that show so hope she does well.

#4. Effigies!!! 


Where did they get that cow skull from? Are there cows in there? Burning an effigy is always pretty powerful imagery so am guessing it builds a lot of the culture the boys have created from no memory and complete isolation.

#3. The Menace?


Some sort of robot scorpion from what we get to see in the trailer. Looks pretty neat and we don’t see it all so we still have some suspense, still don’t think it matters too much in this film.

#2. That’s Cheating!


First thing that came to mind watching this is how can they not get out if they have a map? However I am assuming this is built by them from past attempts or something they discover in the maze designed to trick them. Could be anything but that is a cool prop.

#1. Who Dares to Enter?


Boy does those walls look ominous. Also the angle of that shot is great and makes the walls look bigger and the boys smaller in comparison. I just really hope this film is good and please kill characters off and make it bloody, or not as its PG. Make a uncut version for me.

What I Didn’t Like

  • Not liking the vague sense of chosen one’s going on. The whole why are ‘we’ different bit gives me doubt in an otherwise very promising film trailer. If anyone has read the books and wants to give me a spoiler free explanation for this I welcome it in the comments.

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Well that’s my views. Now what do you think about this newest trailer?

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20 responses to “The Maze Runner (Trailer #1) Review”

  1. bookworm996 says :

    Hey great analysis! I read the book so maybe I can put you at ease about the whole “chosen” thing. The reason why the main character is “different” is substantial, unique, and intriguing. Let’s just say he is not Harry Potter or Katniss chosen to be the leader or hero. It’s much more complex and interesting than that. Can’t tell you much else without spoiling, but I expect you’ll enjoy the twist.


  2. Hypersonic55 says :

    Great trailer analysis man, you’ve got me interested in this film too. I think I too remember hearing whispers about this film somewhere but haven’t seen anything until now and I’m totally getting the same vibes of Lord of the Flies and Attack on Titan. Looks unique and interesting, the only thing that made me sigh a little inside is this talk of the chosen one kind of shit, that plot element has been done to death, I want a little variation. But hey the film isn’t out yet so I’ll just it when it comes out. 🙂


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Thanks Curtis, glad I got you in the mood (That don’t sound right). Also glad you see the Lord of the Flies and Attack on Titan feel, didn’t know you liked Titan that stuffs good 😀

      Yeah that chosen one stuff just gets a little old, just have a smart character who stands up becomes the hero because he wants to 😀


  3. tajgreenemoviesinreview says :

    I saw the trailer this weekend and was def intrigued. Unlike you, the whole Why were we chosen theme made it more interesting, and likely the reason I am going to see this movie. I’m interested to know…lol

    I’m expecting a decent movie from what I viewed in the trailer. I hope I’m not disappointed! 🙂


  4. angie chui says :

    Lots of familiar young faces in this movie, and I read a lot of good things about the book. I’m glad this got turned into a movie. It looks great 😀


  5. Tom says :

    This looks like a different version of The Hunger Games to me, which in a way isn’t bad at all since we have seen how those books play out on screen now. I haven’t read either series of books. This just feels like a copycat, although a good one. And did you say this has a PG-rating? I can’t seem to find anything about that, but I sure hope it’s not. It looks like a PG-13 (at least) type of movie. . .


    • Tim The Film Guy says :

      Oh no its going to be PG-13, or 12A in the UK 😀

      I have heard from my cousins that this series of books is very good and have checked its following and lots of people have bought these books so maybe there is something special here.

      Am seeing it anyway and I am guessing you will too?


  6. unknown says :

    Reblogged this on MicKira.


  7. Consumed by Film says :

    The trailer enticed me too, and you’re absolutely right about the wealth of potential talent on board. Other than Catching Fire, 2013 wasn’t a great year for teen-aimed films, but with this and Divergent on the horizon perhaps 2014 with offer a steadier ride. The Hunger Games attracts a wider audience as it works on a number of levels, so maybe that’s the key to succeed in this genre. Good work Tim!



  8. lukebbtt says :

    It all depends on how well the child actors can cope. Looks good, but you kind of want a more adult actor in the mix.


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