Synopsis: Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Release Date: September 19 , 2014
Thoughts: Ever since The Hunger Games premiered and maybe even as far back as the Twilight and Harry Potter films, movie studios are looking for that next big franchise starter. After a string of mediocre efforts that either saw their plans for sequels crushed (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures) or interest in future entries evaporate (Divergent, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), 20th Century Fox is putting their eggs in the basket of two films. Kingsman: Secret Service arrives in October but September will bring the big-screen treatment of James Dashner’s 2009 YA novel, The Maze Runner. Looking like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire meets Lord of the Flies, I must admit the young kid inside me weaned on the likes of The Goonies and The Lost Boys is a bit intrigued to see how this one plays out.