The Maze Runner movie poster.

The Maze Runner movie poster.

The Maze Runner, starring Dylan O’Brien (MTV’s Teen Wolf), is the story of a fearless teenager who changes everything in a dystopian future world. Sounds familiar, right? It is extremely similar to movies “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games.” Both of these movies were based on best selling novels, and “The Maze Runner” is no different, as it was adapted from James Dashner’s best seller published in 2009. The movie obviously is a bit different in plot and characters, but if you liked these other films, then you will definitely like “The Maze Runner.”

The main character, Thomas, wakes up in a strange place called the Glade surrounded by a group of other boys and he has no memory of the outside world save from a few confusing dreams about W.C.K.D., the organization that put them there. Thomas quickly learns that the boys are surrounded by a massive maze and have been trying to find a way out for three years. Somehow Thomas knows there is something that sets him apart from the other boys and from the moment Thomas sets foot in the Glade, everything begins to change. Thomas knows they need to escape soon, and he is willing to break all the rules in order to succeed.

If you have read the novel, you will not be disappointed in the movie. The characters are cast well, except, I was upset with the character Gally, who was played by Will Poulter from “We Are the Millers.” The whole time I kept picturing him in an RV singing “Waterfalls” in a ridiculously high voice. Although, apart from that the movie was an excellent adaptation of the novel.

I would recommend reading the novel prior to watching the movie as it may have been a bit more difficult to follow without the extra details in the novel. Also if you have not read the whole trilogy, the ending may be a bit unsatisfactory, as it is not a determinant ending. Without the second and third novels, the viewers will have to wait a year in order to reach the conclusion of Thomas’s journey.

Overall I would strongly recommend this movie to anyone, as it is appropriate for anyone. It is an exciting and engaging piece of science fiction filmmaking that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. While fitting into the same genre as movies like Divergent and The Hunger Games, it still has a rather simple backstory that makes it easier to follow the premise with less explanation. Disregarding its relation to any other young adult movies, it is still a solid science fiction film with great young actors and an awesome storyline.