In the case of my experience, I could not tell how much the story of The Maze Runner was different from that of the novel. Yet for what it was, this thriller's plot was enticing to say the least. The story throws you right into the thick of things, which made sense for the film's concept. With Thomas and the other members of the glades all suffering from memory loss, it made sense for the plot to have a sense of confusion around it. That is where the mystery comes. Throughout the story, there was a sense of mystery behind the overall plot; one that had me guessing to end. Though the twists of this movie will not be the most shocking you'll see, they were effective for The Maze Runner's story. The story was also quickly paced. It did not seem to take long to get from one action sequence to another. While the plot could moved rather fast, the film still manage to do a remarkable job at establishing the world of The Maze Runner; even for those who have not read the book.
From watching the preview, the cast for this film seemed average. However, I was rather surprise by ensemble of the The Maze Runner. What was made this cast effective was a sense of practicality. Though some of the cast were standard character types, the group was easy to comprehend. Their struggles and sense of survival made for great development, and it also provided the right conflict between each character. The cast had decent performances to say the least. Dylan O'Brian was a solid lead as Thomas; while Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen and Will Poulter provided tremendous supporting performances. Unfortunately, the only weak link was Kaya Scodelario as Teresa. Teresa served her purpose, but she lacked strong development and Kaya did not have a lot of time to give a full dimension to the character. Still, the cast of The Maze Runner felt like a group of survivors, which was an impressive feat for a film in this genre.
The thing that capture the movie's atmosphere was the Maze itself. The Maze felt like its own character as it loomed over the inhabitants of the Glades. It had an interesting design with its moving, yet solid, pieces. Plus the enemies of the Glades, the Grievers, were also unique in concept. The maze, and everything within it, created the perfect tone for the film,; and the score from John Paesano also added to the film's effect.