It seems that every studio is trying to produce the next “Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” no wonder considering that the two films so far released have earned close to a billion dollars while the five films that make up The Twilight Saga have earned significantly more. The thing is, for every “Hunger Games” or “Twilight” there’re films like “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” or “The Host,” that don’t manage to catch lightning in a bottle.
The latest entry is James Dashner‘s “The Maze Runner,” which has an intriguing premise. It deals with a bunch of young people trapped in a mysterious maze, with no idea how they got there, what they’re supposed to do, and most importantly, who put them there.
If the trailer is at all accurate, it plays like Vincenzo Natali‘s “Cube” for the younger set.
There’s a bleakness to the proceedings that I find appealing, though I get the feeling that at the end of the film the mystery of the maze will be solved, and everyone will go on their merry way.