The Maze Runner ★★½

When it comes to the recent rash of YA adaptations, The Maze Runner is a singularly frustrating experience. It doesn’t just squander its abundant potential to break away from the stagnant tropes that have calcified its genre, it ultimately reveals that it had never had any hope or intention of doing otherwise. If The Maze Runner begins as an urgent and refreshingly focused addition to the canon of dystopian teen survival stories, it ends by exemplifying the worst of its kind (in part because it doesn’t really end at all).