The Radio Times logo

Freeview film of the day: The Maze Runner

The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies in an action-packed and gloomy young adult adaptation

Published: Friday, 16th June 2017 at 11:01 pm

The Maze Runner ★★★★ 
Premiere 10.25pm-12.35am C4

Advertisement

There are five novels in James Dashner’s bestselling dystopian Maze Runner series and two film adaptations so far, directed by art department graduate Wes Ball. In this first part, our lithe young-adult principals are dropped into a world that’s part Hunger Games, part Lord of the Flies, part Saw. A rather bland Dylan O’Brien wakes up in a lift that delivers him to the Glade, a clearing surrounded by stone walls behind which lies the MazeÉ it opens only at night, can’t be mapped and regularly allows nasty things in. Brits Kaya Scodelario (star of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean adventure), Will Poulter (The Revenant) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) liven up the cast – currently wrapping part three, The Death Cure, for 2018 release – and your enjoyment will rest on your taste for systematic puzzles and teen in-fighting. It’s action-packed, gloomy and just about allegorical of our times.

 For more of today’s free-to-air films, see our TV listings

 

116417
Advertisement

 Order your copy of the Radio Times Guide to Films 2017 

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Sponsored content