Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson
Plot: Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape (IMDB.com).
Overall: As per usual, I didn’t read the book. I had a vague understanding of the plot before seeing the film, but had this overwhelming excitement over seeing the film anyway. I thought it was a very complex, well-thought out plot. There were a lot of layers and the film executed that well. It was like cooking and slowly peeling back the layers of an onion. At times, it was kind of slow, but for the most part, it was very suspenseful so it had you bouncing in your chair. My only complaint really is that the ending and the background of the plot was a bit confusing, or rather, dense. I’ll admit I wasn’t paying super close attention to the details, but I found it hard to follow exactly what the end of the film was getting at. Clearly, it was sort of like The Hunger Games – where there’s something bigger happening than what’s actually being portrayed at the time, but I guess it was just hard to “absorb all at once.”