I’ll be honest, this movie looks good, but I am completely unfamiliar with this series. It is a book to film adaptation, with the original story being written by James Dashner and the original original story seems to be “Theseus and the Minotaur.” The main cast is interesting: Thomas is played by Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Teresa by Kayla Scodelario (Skins), and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt (Game of Thrones). There are plenty more note-worthy players in the cast, but if I listed them all, you’d probably get bored.
Since this is a book, I decided to check out the Goodreads page for the trilogy. It honestly wasn’t that helpful except to tell me what was blatantly obvious; that this book, and film, are good for those people who also enjoy the Hunger Games, Divergent, etc. I also would like to note, that because the cast is all young men, with only one female in the mix of maze runner’s (is that what they are called?) this may be a good story for people not as interested in the love stories of the others. Although I haven’t read it: if you’d like to warn others of any sort of story line like this, comment below.
James Dashner’s webpage has more information, and lots more links. He does have a new book series out – The Mortality Doctrine – that had its second book release this week. If you are a fan of the movie or the books, you may like to check out.
So, as I mentioned above, the story seems based on Greek mythology; which, has definitely been a trend for quite a while now: Wrath of the Titans, anyone? I quite enjoy seeing myth in modern stories: they tend to be gateway drugs to history, and I am all for that. “Theseus and the Minotaur” is actually one of my favorite tales; although, if we’re talking true to the story, there are some certain discrepancies and differences as far as I can tell. One, the only gender being included being male, I don’t remember being the case, but that makes the appearance of a young woman to these guys in Maze Runner all the more special: signaling that something is off. Overall, I will probably see this movie, and, if it is good, I may just end up adding it to my pile of Young Adult fiction that I need to explore (I read nonfiction much more).
So check the trailer out, and let me know what you think down below. Do you plan to go see The Maze Runner when it comes out 19 September?