Brief description: 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.
Would you believe I’m actually posting a movie review? When was the last time I did this? Well, I watched this movie last night and I thought some of you might like to know what I thought of it! I was very on-the-fence about watching this because it has been like 4-5 years since I read the book. I didn’t remember much about the book, but I knew some things. And my students are always talking about it or reading the books, so I thought I really needed to see it before someone spoiled something.
And really, it was pretty good. This is one of those rare YA adaptations that anyone could quickly understand, whether they had read the book or not. I felt that my long hiatus on the series didn’t hinder me, and my mom, who hasn’t read the book, seemed to be following along easily as well. Thumbs up for that!
The acting in this was pretty good as well. The boys are all varied in age, attitude, and physicality, but they all seemed to be similar from their shared experience in the Glade. That sounds weird. Here’s what I’m trying to say: there did seem to be a sense of camaraderie between the actors as well as the characters. There. That was much better. Anywho, there were definitely certain characters that seemed to be close. Like Thomas and Chuck. And I’ll throw Newt into it as well. They just seemed to radiate…something. Their relationship translated well.
Let’s talk about these actors. There are a few that will totally steal your heart. Chuck was fabulous, for starters. I unfortunately cannot remember his character from the book, so I’m not sure how much of the character comes from the actor and how much is the character. But he was great. And Alby and Gally have this presence about them that just exudes strength. One thing that Thomas was really good at was showing how curious he was about everything. He was always questioning something and you could just see the wheels turning in his head.
(Also, it was just really funny to try to match up where I knew some of these actors from movies I had seen them in before. So many familiar faces!)
There’s definitely a lot of action in this, as readers of the book are aware. Danger is constantly lurking. And some gore. Nothing super gross (like vast amounts of blood), but let’s just say special effects had some fun with a few scenes.
Let me just say those grievers were better than I could have imagined. Intimidating, slightly horrifying, a little gross, and just all around something the Gladers should definitely have been afraid of. I was impressed by the special effects on that.
Overall, it’s definitely an action/sci-fi film. (My mom didn’t like it much for that reason.) But it has great characters, awesome acting, and it’s easy to jump into the movie whether you’re read the book or not.