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Julia Adams, Journalist • May 15, 2024

Why the ‘Maze Runner’ Trilogy is a Good Watch

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Most people have heard of this dystopian trilogy. It was popular throughout 2014-2018. It was popular during this time because dystopian movies were making headwayat this point. ‘Hunger Games’ movies were being released along with the ‘Divergent’series. These were incredibly popular for the teens, young adults, and adults.Dystopian is an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice.So, what is The Maze Runner? There are 5 books in this series, created byJames Dashner in 2009. The book titles being “The Maze Runner”, “The Scorch Trials”,“Death Cure”, “The Kill Order”, and “The Fever Code”. The books are an incredibleread, the last two are based on time before everything, so it should be read as the killorder being first, then the fever code, then the main three. I would recommend readingthe books, they are really good. They produce a lot of feelings and leave you on theedge of your seat. But let’s talk about the movies!The first three books have been made into movies, the two are left undecidedwhether to make a movie about them or not. Wes Ball was the director of all threemovies. The movies follow the books good, but there are a few details that are left out,just like any book-movie adaptations. The first movie was filmed on May 13, 2013, thenreleased on September 19, 2014. The second movie was filmed on October 27, 2014,then released on January 27, 2015. The last movie was filmed on March 14, 2016, butdue to the main star getting injured, the production was postponed. The movie was laterreleased on January 26, 2018.

The first film starts out with a young man trapped in a box-like elevator. He
wakes up there, not knowing where he is at or who he is. The elevator is then openedfrom the top, revealing around 20 boys peering down at him. They help him up andshow him the ropes. The boys, ages ranging from 15 to 18 years old, are stuck in alarge field area that is surrounded by 100 ft tall walls on all 4 sides. The young man iscurious, of course, as to where he is, but the boys don’t exactly know either. All theyknow is that they were send there by a company called W.I.C.K.E.D. (World InCatastrophe Killzone Experiment Department) The young man is shown around by the‘leader’. His name is Alby. (Aml Ameen) Alby tells the young man that there are threemain rules. 1) Do your part. Help around the field, whether that be tending to crop,making food, etc. 2) Never hurt another Glader. A Glader is what the boys callthemselves, making the field they’re in called the Glade. 3) Never go beyond the walls.The only people that are allowed beyond the walls are the Runners.Later it is revealed that the young man’s name is Thomas (Dylan O’brien) Heremembers his name after hitting his head. His curiosity gets the better of him, wantingto leave the Glade, he tries to go beyond the walls. This gets him in trouble by one ofthe other leaders, Gally (Will Poulter), him not being as nice as Alby. They get into anargument, and this leads to them being considered ‘enemies’.The next day, the Gladers sit patiently by the opening of the large walls. Therunners Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and Alby aren’t back yet. This is bad because the wallsclose at a certain time, and when you get trapped in the maze, there is no coming outalive. Thomas asks his new friend Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) if there’s anythingthey can do to save them, and his reply is no. They don’t want to risk sending out morepeople to die. Just when the walls begin to slowly close, Minho is seen dragging aninjured Alby in the distance. The boys shout and scream, encouraging Minho to getback before the giant walls close. But Thomas knows they’re not going to make it.Before the walls can fully close, Thomas runs at full speed towards the Runners. Healmost gets pulled back but makes it into the maze with the walls closing behind him.Thomas asks Minho what’s wrong with Alby and he says he’s been ’stung’. After awhile, Minho tells Thomas congratulations for getting himself killed.Night comes along and they haven’t gotten anywhere. In the distance they canhear the maze changing along with screeching and chirping. They’re not alone.They end up separating, leaving Thomas alone. He comes in contact with one ofthe creatures that ‘stung’ Alby. It is a large robot scorpion-like creature called a Griever.Thomas has to run away from the Griever and survive the night in the maze until thedoors open again. Thomas and Minho end up surviving and bring a dying Alby back.Then something happens that has never happened before, a girl Teresa (KayaScodelario) was brought up into the Glade with a note in her hand that read, “She is the

last one ever”. This started a lot of chaos in the Glade. The rest of the movie concludes
with Thomas becoming a runner and trying to get everyone out of the maze. They getout of the maze and are met with desert that stretches on for miles and miles. Ahelicopter comes and saves the remaining survivors, claiming that they are enemies ofWICKED. The group joins the ‘enemies of WICKED’ in the helicopter and they are to beled to a safe place. The movie ends with the main head of WICKED saying that phasetwo shall begin.To avoid Spoilers for the franchise, the next two movies will be a quick summary.The group of survivors are taken to a ‘safe’ place where there are many otherkids who have also been in a maze. Every week there is a group of those kids that aresupposed to be taken to a safe haven. Everyone is eager to be called, wanting to besafe. Thomas later finds out that the kids that are taken to the safe haven are actuallykept there and tested. Thomas sees that it is still WICKED they are with. This causesThomas to panic and try and get him and his main group to escape. They end upescaping and have to deal with the outside world. The outside world has been scorchedby the sun, making everything sand and desert. It also caused a virus to go around,making people turn into zombie-like creatures. They have to deal with all of this and tryto find their way to the safe haven. On the way, they meet a resistance group and sidewith them to stop WICKED. They meet two characters Brenda (Rosa Salazar) andJorge (Giancarlo Esposito), which later become important in this movie and the next.There is a short battle that happens which leads to WICKED taking Minho.The third and last movie is about Thomas and his friends getting Minho back andending WICKED once and for all. This movie is insanely intense and has a great plot.These movies are so good, especially for someone wanting an intense action-packed film. I really enjoyed these movies and if this is your kind of movie, then you willtoo!

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