Lost boy finds way out of the maze

In the Glade, everything has always been the same. That is, until Thomas.

“The Maze Runner” takes place in a settlement populated with teenagers who have created a way of life that involves strict rules and jobs for each individual. One such job is that of the Runners, who set off each day to navigate and chart the towering stone corridors of the Maze that surrounds the Glade.

When first deposited into the strange landscape, Thomas cannot remember anything but his name, just like every other boy who had been left there for the past two years. However, Thomas soon realizes he is not the same as every other boy, and things start changing for the Gladers the moment he arrives.

I fell in love with the fast-paced action and snarkily humored dialogue of James Dashner’s novel, so I had high hopes for the movie adaptation, which came to theaters Sept. 19.

I was not even slightly disappointed.

The cast was superbly chosen, with stand-outs such as Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Ki Hong Lee (Minho) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt). The characters needed to have that spunk and brash quality that is so greatly represented in the book, while still being able to show true emotion and deal with the harsher reality and themes of the work. I found the cast to truly embody this feeling, so much so that I forgot they were acting.

But possibly my favorite screen depiction was not human at all, but that of the Grievers, massive half-slug-half-machine creatures who roam the Maze at night. They were the most successfully terrifying monsters I’ve seen in a long time.

Overall, “The Maze Runner” was a great adaptation and I can barely stand to wait for the sequel, set to release next year.