Maze Runner, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Sci-Fi action mystery. Directed by Wes Ball.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Based on the first book in James Dashner's popular book series, The Maze Runner concerns a group of boys, and one girl, trapped in a glen surrounded by daunting cliffs and a gigantic door that leads to assured death. Thomas awakens on a fright-like elevator and deposited amid a community of teen boys. His memory has been erased and he soon learns they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

PREVIEW REVIEW: You know who I saw this film for, don’t you? Teens. I figured they’d be interested in the action-packed thriller because it featured protagonists their age, or about. But I also found it to be an action-packed parable with an intriguing premise.

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, including some disturbing images.

Trivia: The production had to hire snake wranglers to make sure the areas where they were filming were snake free. Before filming began the wranglers found 25 venomous snakes. The biggest one they found was a 5 foot rattlesnake.

DVD Alternative: The Hunger Games

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Four or five obscenities, mostly the s-word.

Profanity: I caught no misuse of God’s name.

Violence: Beware, the action, while staying within the PG-13 boundaries, is still frightening, with some jolting and grotesque imagery.

Sex: No time for sex, they’re running all the time.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Brief drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up

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