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The Maze Runner [2014] (2 discs)

Director:Wes Ball
Writer:Grant Pierce Myers
Noah Oppenheim
T.S. Nowlin
Composer:John Paesano
Length:113 minutes
(1 hour 53 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Reaction: A unique type of YA novel turned into a pretty good action movie.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Wes Ball => Director
Grant Pierce Myers => Writer
Noah Oppenheim => Writer
T.S. Nowlin => Writer
John Paesano => Composer
James Dashner => Novel / Lab Tech (uncredited)
Alexander Flores => Winston
Aml Ameen => Alby
Blake Cooper => Chuck
Bryce Romero => Jack
Chris Sheffield => Ben
Dexter Darden => Frypan
Don McManus => Masked Man
Dylan O'Brien => Thomas
Jacob Latimore => Jeff
Joe Adler => Zart
Kaya Scodelario => Teresa
Ki Hong Lee => Minho
Patricia Clarkson => Ava Paige
Randall D. Cunningham => Clint
Thomas Brodie-Sangster => Newt
Will Poulter => Gally

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Brenton Thwaites and [?] Connor Paolo auditioned for the role of Thomas, but lost to Dylan O'Brien.
  • At the end of the film, the author of the book, James Dashner, made a cameo appearance as one of the boards men. It is the scene at the end where Ava Paige is talking, and the camera zooms in on her. The man on her right, is James Dashner.
  • Dylan O'Brien's character in Teen Wolf was unconscious for most of the episode "Lunar Eclipse" in order for him to finish filming The Maze Runner.
  • In the book, the walls of the maze were much, much taller which is why the gladers weren't able to climb them to the top. The maze is also contained within a dome. The sky and the weather are all artificial. Also, the Gladers all know their names when they first come up. It doesn't take a few days to come to them. In the book it states that it never rains in the Glade, but in the movie it does. Throughout the book they have the syringe with the cure for the changing. And in the book the grievers took the gladers one by one every night,instead of attacking all at once like they did in the movie. Also the Gladers have the Grief Serum the entire time and Gally was stung before Thomas arrived. Gally remembers Thomas from the Changing and that is the reason he despises Thomas.
  • Kaya Scodelario's favorite day on set was when she spent an entire shooting day on the top of a tree with Dylan O'Brien. She said that was when they really spent time together as actors and got to know each other better. Dylan O'Brien's favorite scene to shoot was the wrestling sequence with Will Poulter. Chuck's death was the last scene filmed. Dylan O'Brien's claimed this was the most difficult scene to film
  • Producer [?] Wyck Godfrey had his 3 boys offer casting advice. He would show his kids the auditions and get their feedback. His kids have read the books.
  • The production had to hire snake wranglers to make sure the areas where they were filming were snake free. Before filming began the wranglers found 25 venomous snakes. The biggest one they found was a 5 foot rattlesnake.
  • To prepare for shooting, director Wes Ball had the cast spend a night in the Glade set during boot camp.
  • Of the largely British cast, only actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays Newt, got to keep his accent.
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster would put a rock in his shoe so he would remember to limp.
  • In the book, Teresa and Thomas could communicate by speaking in each other's minds.
  • Many of the characters' names are taken from historical figures and most are from inventors, mathematicians, philosophers, or scientists to illustrate their intelligence (which was a major plot element in the novel): Thomas ([?] Thomas Edison), Alby ([?] Albert Einstein), Newt ([?] Isaac Newton), Chuck ([?] Charles Darwin), Gally ([?] Galileo), Teresa ([?] Mother Teresa), Winston (Winston Churchill), Ben ([?] Benjamin Franklin) and Frypan, in the novel also called Siggy ([?] Sigmund Freud). Author James Dashner has said that Minho is not named after anyone famous but his niece's Korean husband. The novel also featured other characters such as Aris ([?] Aristotle) and Harriet ([?] Harriet Tubman).
  • To gain the role of Chuck, actor Blake Cooper continuously campaigned for an audition via twitter. He would send director Wes Ball tweet after tweet after tweet stating that he was made for the role. Wes Ball eventually relented and told Cooper to send his audition to the casting director who stated that Cooper was the perfect Chuck.
  • Catherine Hardwicke was originally set to direct the film.
  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster auditioned for both Gally and Newt. Will Poulter auditioned for Gally and Newt too.
  • Dylan O'Brien's hairstyle almost cost him the role of Thomas, because director Wes Ball thought it was too "MTV". Ball reconsidered when he was sent a photo of O'Brien without his hair gelled.