2014’s Best Sci-Fi Movies: Brent’s Picks
10. The Maze Runner
Out of the big dystopian YA adaptations released in 2014, The Maze Runner was easily my favorite. Divergent just isn’t very good, and while I think The Hunger Games: Mockingjay will be fantastic when you can watch it as a whole entity, Part 1 is simply too much of a fragment to be truly engaging. An adaptation of James Dashner’s novel, The Maze Runner has a cool hook—a boy wakes in the middle of a giant, ever-changing maze with no memory of his past or who he is—a unique setting rendered especially well on a budget, and fast-paced, kids-in-peril action. This isn’t going to blow your mind, and many of the characters are underwritten, especially the sole female role, but it’s fun, adventurous, and harrowing, and if you’re looking for a taut, fast-paced film, you can do much worse than this.