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Family Movie Review: The Maze Runner (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13          Length: 113 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. This adaptation of the YA novel is fairly faithful, so the PG-13 rating is mainly because of violence: huge spider-like monsters pursuing the young protagonists, fights between the two sides, and implied deaths of characters, as well as some cursing and bullying. The scenes in the titular maze are also somewhat claustrophobic, adding a fair amount of tension.

The film adaptation of ‘The Maze Runner,’ the best-selling YA novel, stays faithful to its source material and eschews the romance of other entries in the genre. But with an ending that is nothing more than a sequel setup, the story ends up feeling frustratingly generic.

By Roxana Hadadi

If you were to cross the classic British novel “Lord of the Flies” with the cult favorite TV show “Lost,” then you would probably get something pretty close to “The Maze Runner,” the latest dystopian-future young-adult novel adapted for the big screen. The bestselling novel by James Dashner is the first in a trilogy that was then followed by a prequel, and with the film version, all the story to come hurts the story being told right now. Director Wes Ball and his young ensemble cast deliver often with adequately thrilling action sequences and believable teenage relationships, respectively, but the conclusion feels like a copout.

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