There’s something about elevators that people don’t trust. The first thing is that they should be called ‘lifts’, as elevators is a stupid word. Secondly, there’s always the fear that they will suddenly stop short of the required floor, leaving the occupants trapped in a hot, small, claustrophobic space. Something that you might not expect when you get into an elevator is for the roof to open, a large group of rowdy lads haul you out, and then find yourself trapped inside a giant maze with no recollection of who you are.
This is exactly what happens to Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) in The Maze Runner, a film adapted from James Dashner’s 2009 novel and directed by Wes Ball, who could be in the running for the shortest name badge in movie history.
Thomas finds himself trapped inside a giant mysterious concrete maze, with no memory of who he is, and where he has come from. The large group of rowdy lads have no idea who has put them inside the giant maze, so together, they are pretty clueless, except for the the information brought to them by the runners, a group of the faster boys, who every morning when the doors to the maze open, race inside to find clues to the way out. If they don’t return to the entrance before dark, they never return to the entrance again. Things get even more mysterious when a girl is brought up by the elevator, who appears to know exactly who Thomas is, and may have clues as to why they were brought there.
Also starring Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, The Maze Runner, which looks like it’s aiming for a similar audience to The Hunger Games franchise, is released in the UK on October the 24th.