Released last month, this movie has been very popular, with many people interested in seeing how the movie would turn out in comparison to the book. Thomas, the main character, is played by Dylan O’Brien and Teresa is played by Kaya Scodelario. These actors did a good job portraying the feelings and emotions of the two main characters. Although some viewers complained that the actors looked a little older than they should, this was not seen as a concerning issue.
In the book, a boy is brought to ‘The Glade’ every month through an elevator. No one understands why or how, but they all work together, each having their own job in order for everything to function. Supplies are also brought through the elevator, but that is not a means for escape. The boys have been trapped there for a couple years, with no way out of the glade, except for the maze, which is outside the walls. However, there’s a catch. The doors open every morning and close at dusk. No one has survived the night in the glade because of the monsters that roam there. The runners explore the maze, and look for a way out. As soon as Thomas learns about the runners, he knows he wants to be one of them.
Right as Thomas starts to make friends, and become a part of the group, something unprecedented happens; a girl named Theresa shows up. There have never been any girls in the glade. This is not helped by the fact that Theresa seems to know his name. Since Thomas was the last one to show up, the others become suspicious of Thomas. Eventually, however, Thomas regains their trust and becomes a runner. Do they ever escape? Read to find out.
Surprisingly, the movie was very similar to the book, with no major plot differences. However, there are a few minor discrepancies. As readers may have noticed, Thomas regains his memory faster in the book than in the movie. Theresa also regains consciousness very quickly. Time is sped up which is very understandable because of the time limit for movies.
Also, in the book, the runners had the job of mapping out the glade every day, to see if there was a way out. In the movie, instead of maps, there was a 3D model that portrayed the maze. However, instead of detracting from the image, this provides a better visual of the Glade.
Overall, the movie was very interesting and action-packed. The sound effects were great and helped with the overall suspense. The vivid colors provided a good contrast between the characters and the background. I would definitely recommend this movie to others! Who knows, The Scorch Trials (Book 2) may be made into a movie next!