Every new YA movie that includes a supernatural or dystopian aspect now sits in the shadow of The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games has taken on an epic sci-fi approach weaving social commentary into its dystopian setting. Divergent is content to be a Hunger Games imitator. And now we have The Maze Runner, a film edging towards the mystery and sci-fi of The Hunger Games, but trying to find its own way by establishing a unique world that still plays with familiar coming-of-age themes. Thankfully, director Wes Ball‘s confident feature debut creates a distinct, intriguing setting packed with thrilling action scenes. Despite the lack of a strong lead performance, Ball has successfully translated a new young adult property to the big screen.