Title - 'The Maze Runner'
Artist - John Paesano
'The Maze Runner' stars Dylan O'Brien ('Teen Wolf') in the role of Thomas, who wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys with no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovered in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose ... and a way to escape!
Composed by John Paesano - 'Dragons: Riders Of Berk,' 'How To Train Your Dragon' - the man who studied classical music with professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris, and who continued his studies at Berklee College of music in Boston, has created some very haunting themes here for 'The Maze Runner.'
Like an additional character to the film, Paesano's score is always riding the lines along with the actor,s but never steps over them; never smothers them. At all times, tracks like 'What Is This Place?', 'Banishment,' 'Going Back In' and both 'Maze Rearrange' and the quite brilliant 'Griever Attack' emotionally sweep you along without you realizing.
Indeed, as the action unfolds, as Thomas' memories and awareness develop, so the score matures musically from its subtle, purposefully unsure beginning. Themes that are first presented in an unfinished state slowly evolve into their fully realized form. Sure the score is predominantly dark in tone, but so too is the movie's theme, of course. That said, and not even a quarter of the way through, the underlying quality of hopefulness that reflects Thomas' point of view is clearly evident.