A guy wakes up in an elevator, making his way into an enclosed quadrant of greenery, and soon stands in a pit surrounded by a band of teenagers and a maze that every night shifts positions. They've all lost their memories. They don't know who put them there, or who they are, but after a couple of days they do remember the one thing that truly matters: their names.
There are runners, a selected few who wander out into the surrounding maze and try to find a way out, and he immediately aspires to become one. The gate to the maze closes at dusk every day, and opens at dawn, but you don't want to be out in the maze at nightfall because the grievers are there, and nobody has ever survived a night.
That's how it starts, in an isolated place shrouded by mystery. How do they get out? What awaits them? And who's really on who's side? An intriguing premises that puts me in the same mood as the first time I stumbled upon Lost.
It also turned out to an action flick that kept me at the seat of my chair all the way through, and close to tears at the end. I wasn't expecting it to be that much better than say The Hunger Games, but when you don't know anything about the world outside; when the threat lies in the unknown as well as its very perceptible danger... well, this is the effect you get.
The sceneries, though most of it definitely CGI, all seemed very realistic. The actors were all great, though I just recognize Will Poulter from some other movie. Most of them seem to be actual teenagers (well, everyone's always a little older than they look in the movies), so it seems they might all be at the start of great careers with this one.
It's based upon a book, apparently, the first in a series, which leaves me hoping, and (after Googling), looking forward to the sequel! It should be coming out next year. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle