The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian (as bad as can be; characterized by human misery) action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner’s 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in The Maze Runner film series.
Thomas, a 16-year old boy, wakes up inside an underground service elevator with no memory of his identity. A group of male youths greet him in a large grassy area called the Glade that is enclosed by tall, stone walls. Every month, a new boy and supplies arrive in the elevator. The boys, called Gladers, have formed a rudimentary society with each assuming specialized tasks. Alby, their leader and the first to arrive in the Glade, says every boy eventually recalls his name, but none remember their past. The boy learns that a vast Maze surrounding the Glade may provide the only way out. During the day, designated Runners search the Maze for an escape route, returning before nightfall when the entrance closes. No one has ever survived a night inside the Maze.
The survivors escape the Maze and eventually enter a laboratory strewn with dead scientists and technicians. A woman in a video recording explains that the planet has been devastated by massive solar flares, followed by a pandemic of a deadly, incurable virus called the Flare that affects the brain of the afflicted. We learn that the Gladers appeared to be immune to the virus. The Gladers learn that they were part of an experiment studying the way their brains worked as a resistance to the virus. In the end, the woman in the video shoots herself as the lab is being attacked by men with military-style weapons but dressed more like mercenaries. Gally suddenly appears armed with a gun he found. Delirious from a Griever sting, he insists they must stay in the Maze, then aims at Thomas intending to kill him out of revenge. Minho kills Gally with a spear, but not before Chuck is fatally shot protecting Thomas, who is devastated by his friend’s death. Masked armed men rushed in and take the group to a helicopter. As they fly over the Maze, it is revealed to be placed in a vast desert wasteland. Eventually, the helicopter approaches a ruined city.
The scene ends with the supposedly-dead scientists meeting in a room. The leader (woman in the video) notes that the experiment has been a success; the survivors are now entering Phase Two.
The end depicts that, how few powerful megalomaniac (Megalomania is a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, omnipotence, and by inflated self-esteem) scientists took a bunch of kids for a ride, making a fool out of them and getting in return what they wanted (carrying out their psychological tests on gullible kids).
Through my past experiences, I have a gut feeling that this film depicts a reality very carefully and intricately woven into a film. After having worked and studied in premier medical institutions and establishments, I could easily correlate with many of the real-life incidents similar to that in the film. These establishments very shrewdly harass their subjects, every time giving them (subject) the feeling that it is being done for their benefit, and after getting exposed make the subject feel as if everything was a misunderstanding on the part of the experimenter (Though there was every intention on the part of the experimenter to do away with the subjects during the process of experimentation).
These establishments give them the illusion that subject mistook every incident, as done with the exclusive intention of bringing harm to them (the subjects) or intentional harassment, and for the benefit of scientist/supervisor/superior/boss/guru/teacher.
So eventually all blame is put on the subject and his/her inexperience, lack of commitment and resolve.
5 Storytelling Lessons from The Maze Runner
Speak in the language of your clan (ahem, your audience).
Take a different approach (or, open a blank doc and start over).
Change or die a horrible death (or, adapt to changes in your environment).
Take others with you (as in, you can’t create in a bubble).
Be cautiously curious (or, listen and then ask the smart questions).