There are a bunch of movies on the docket this week as we cycle out of the summer and into the fall season. There is some interesting stuff coming along, with teens running mazes, families sitting extended shiva, walking among tombstones and Kevin Smith doing some weird stuff.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Maze Runner
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If I woke up in a freight elevator with no recollection of my past and emerged into a world surrounded by a huge, unsolvable maze patrolled by monsters, I’d be fairly nonplussed. If this world was inhabited solely by teenagers, well count me out. Can you imagine the angst? It’d be unbearable. All these teens questioning their existence and running around an endless maze. Yeesh. Plus, everyone knows I’m a bit claustrophobic, don’t have the best spacial recognition and have no tolerance for sixteen year old know-it-alls. It’d be an uncomfortable setting for me.

See what I’m talking about in the trailer for The Maze Runner,



The Maze Runner is adapted from the novel by James Dashner. Basically, dude wakes up in a world surrounded by a maze. Lots of crazy stuff goes down. A girl shows up. Everyone runs around a lot. More crazy maze stuff happens. Guy falls in love with the girl (I’m assuming). There’s a bit of a power struggle somewhere. More maze running. You get the drill.

Young adult novel adaptations are all the rage, with those authors just clamoring over each other to create the next Hunger Games, Twilight, etc. The Maze Runner very much feels like the movie studios are just grabbing for the everything under the sun and adapting it hoping to hit gold. Probably is a bit of an overstatement, but I don’t think by much.

Directed by Wes Ball (a number of credits, but this is his first time helming a major film), The Maze Runner has been met with early mixed reactions among critics. Some see it as a worthy addition to the late teen movie world while others weren’t so psyched. I think as the week goes on we see it trend slightly negative with more critics finding the faults beyond a cool premise and some tight action scenes. And if you wake up in a world surrounded by teenagers and mazes, just stay in the elevator. You’ll be better off.

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