The story opens with a male protagonist waking up in a steel elevator, knowing nothing except how to speak. He can't remember anything. In his frightened state he is greeted by another character of about the same age. It turns out that they are all trapped in a maze, and none of the thirty or so others remember where they came from or how they got there.
The movie was definitely one of the better ones I have seen. The main characters were played by good actors, and the special effects were not bad. Unlike a lot of other movies released nowadays, it is not all action and explosions. The writers took their time and wrote a good script instead of writing a trashy one inflated by violence. What really bugged me about the movie was the quality of the extras and minor supporting roles, some of them were bearable but most of them were terrible. If they had spent a little more time casting the minor supporting roles, the movie would have been much better.
The Maze Runner is a quality movie made from an exceptional book. The script was written well and attempts to shy away from violence and unnecessary action. I recommend seeing it if not in theaters, at home once it has been released for dvd or on demand.
The Maze Runner: **** (4/5)