Nowadays, it almost seems as if you can’t watch a movie or television show without discovering it’s based off a novel you’ve never heard of. Though I knew The Maze Runner was based off of a book trilogy, it wasn’t until the movie was coming out that I had ever heard of it.
I had originally planned to bide my time and wait until I read at least the novel that inspired the movie before watching it. However, as I passed by the Redbox this evening, I couldn’t help but take the bait and rent it.
As story plots go, it’s a fairly simple storyline. A teenage boy, named Thomas, awakes to find himself being lifted upward in a metal box. As he breeches the surface, he discovers a small community of boys surviving under a code of rules in the middle of what turns out to be a maze. Like him, none of the boys remember anything more than their name and they only manage to survive because each month a new boy arrives with supplies.
In a sense, it almost has a Peter Pan and the Lost Boys feel to it. There’s one simple rule in the camp: Do not ever go into the maze. However, Thomas’ appearance seems to set into motion a series of events that turns the boys’ lives upside down.
It’s not a completely new concept in the world of literature, but as far as the movie goes, it at least keeps you interested enough to hope they will be creating the next movie, The Scorch Trials. I say this, because while you are glimpsed a bit of what lies behind the maze, you find in the last few moments that all is still not what it seems.
I give the movie a B and I am now looking forward to moving this book up on my “To Read” list.