The Maze Runner: What You Need To Know
Last year director Wes Ball took James Dashner's teen science fiction trilogy to the big screen, adapting the first of his series, The Maze Runner, into what looks to be the first of a three part film series, with a second film already in production. Ball's film is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from February 9th, so what can we expect from the first instalment? Here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
Given the nature of the film's narrative, this is a young cast that isn't packed with big names but Dylan O'Brien, who fans of the Teen Wolf series will recognise, takes the lead role of Thomas, while Skins regular Kaya Scodelario appears in the role of Teresa. There are also appearances from Patricia Clarkson, Aml Ameen and Will Poulter.
What's the plot?
Thomas awakes to find himself in an elevator in a place called The Glade. He has no memory of how he got there or anything of his life before he arrived, but he's not alone. A group of boys already inhabiting the place, known as Gladers, explain to Thomas that they are in the centre of a huge maze and that they too have no idea how they got there.
Each day at sunrise, the gates to the maze open and a team of runners try to find a way out before the sun sets and the gates close again. Anyone trapped inside the maze after sundown is never seen again, on account of something or someone hiding in the maze at night that the boys call The Grievers, who seem determined to kill anyone left inside after dark.
Thomas and the others try to find clues to who put them there and why, knowing only that there is an organisation called Wicked involved in their capture. When the Thomas manages to kill one of the Grievers, the elevator sends them something else; this time it's a girl, Teresa, who recognises Thomas before passing out. In her hand is a cryptic note saying only 'she's the last one ever'.
Then things start to change. The maze doesn't close at sunset and the boys in The Glade find themselves in a race against time to figure out how to escape before the Grievers take their revenge.
Does it deliver?
Given the success of the Hunger Games films, it's obvious that there's an appetite out there for these kind of teen-orientated sci-fi films, so if you enjoyed those and other's like Ender's Game or The Golden Compass, you'll probably find plenty to enjoy about The Maze Runner too. The film's young actors turn in some pretty impressive performances and even though it's clear aimed at a younger demographic, we think older audiences can enjoy this just as much. Roll on the sequel...