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The Maze Runner
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Director Wes Ball and co-screenwriter T.S. Nowlin
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Reviewed by Bakersfield on December 31st, 2015
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Ball and Nowlin are watching the movie together and they're clearly excited to talk about it (which is not that surprising, considering the fact that this is their first feature film).
There's a nice banter between the two and it's obvious they're good pals. Ball talks a lot about the difficulties of creating the massive Maze wall through CGI and sets, the small details that we don't see when we first watch the movie, and his ideas once he had read the book.
There is no dead air and that's something that Ball actually addresses. He says that he wanted Nowlin to join him for the commentary, because he did not like the idea of talking by himself for two hours straight.
The differences between the book and the movie are covered on this track, and there's also a lot of talk about the technical side of things (Ball talks about his inspirations, and meantions Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Bryan Burk, "The Goonies", "Hunger Games" and "Indidana Jones").
Improv by the actors, camera work, fan reaction, stunts, budget issues, script changes, CG creatures, tight schedule, green screen use, character interactions, and what's in store for the sequel - they talk about all of that. They reveal their favorite scenes and shots, and Ball admits that there were stuff he wishes he could’ve done in a different way if he was given a bigger budget.
Overall, this is a nice discussion/commentary that would definitely satisfy the fans of the movie.
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