The movie itself was mediocre — not good or bad. Likewise with the acting. The entire cast is comprised of young inexperienced actors who do an average job — which isn’t a bad thing. No one stood out as great but at the same time no one stood out as horrible.
The best thing I can say about the movie is that the pacing is good and it’s easy to follow.
However, the story is completely unsatisfying. I didn’t read the books but if they’re anything like this movie then I’m perplexed as to why they became popular enough that someone thought they’d make a good movie series.
I realize there will be a series of movies to tell this story, however each movie needs to stand on its own and deliver some sort of satisfactory payoff at the end. Without giving anything away this movie ends with a bigger mystery than it began with. There’s a narrative that explains why they were in the maze but it’s cast in doubt just moments after it’s given. So I have no idea why they were in the maze and what comes next. And to be honest I don’t care. I wouldn’t bother seeing the sequel to this movie unless I had to.
I feel like my time and money were wasted on a cliffhanger so that I’d be compelled to see the next movie.