A Toronto journalist considered walking out of 'The Maze Runner', but star Will Poulter was not about to let him get away without a fight.
On Dork Shelf on Thursday, film editor Andrew Parker published a withering review of the young adult novel adaptation, which he called “one of the worst films I have ever had the immense displeasure of ever sitting through.” And Will Poulter, a 21-year-old English actor who stars in the film, was not happy.
The latest teen blockbuster revolves around a young man, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), who is suddenly transported, with no memory of his past life, to a ‘Lord of the Flies’-type situation, where a dangerous maze is the only way to escape. (Poulter plays Thomas’s arch enemy Gally.)
Wrote Parker: “This might be the most clichéd film to attempt to cash in on the race for studios to land the next ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ or ‘Twilight’ … Every character is stock and worthless, performed by actors who are largely too green and untested to deliver only the most perfunctory of line readings.”
Parker also takes issue with the dialogue, the set, the technical design, the extreme violence, the gaping plot holes and inconsistencies and the tremendous lack of depth in this “kiddie equivalent of torture porn” which he claims makes Michael Bay look good. Oh, but he did praise ‘Love Actually’ alum Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who plays a friend of Thomas’) for his acting skills, so there’s that.
About five hours after the review went up, Poulter himself tweeted Parker directly.
Since Thursday, several fans have commented on the review, the majority of them negatively.
"Get out of your mom’s basement, wipe off the cheeto dust from your fingers, and find a life please…it’ll be for your own good," wrote bookreader.
"Was this a legitimate review or merely a bashing session?" asked Shannon Hutchins.
It wasn’t long before some of Poulter’s fans began to get angry with Parker on Twitter as well:
Of course, Parker wasn’t without his own supporters:
Despite the tense back and forth, Parker clarified that his issue was not with Poulter:
Poulter then apologized for his fans and Parker gave him props:
At least they didn’t have to run a maze to duke it out. You can decide who you agree with when the film opens on 10 October.
Photos: PA/20th Century Fox