The Maze Runner

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Dystopian tale offers high-stakes action, mystery for teens.

PG-13 2014 113 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 226 reviews

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age 18+

Very violent and involving gang killing of a boy

So, this is supposed to be based on the book, one of my son’s favourites, but it is far too violent for its PG rating. In one scene the boys gang up to push another boy, who is screaming and begging for mercy, to his death in the maze, even though he is on his knees and crying in a very humiliated way, and which they ignore (it supposed to be for the best but this in itself undermines all of the other apparent “positive messages” in my view and is not suitable for children of the same age or younger to see). There is also machine killing of the boys and medical experimentation on children by adults implied. I mean, really, tho the actors are kids, how is this a kids’ movie? No way I would let my 11 yo watch this, not least because it would probably ruin the book for him it is so dark in how the themes and events are depicted in this horrible Hollywood version that in my view is more R than PG, and it is definitely horror.

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age 18+

Extremely selfish

This is basically a kid adventure movie with almost nothing to be concerned about with one exception. This is most definitely a Marxist propaganda flick. The story is set in the future when the human race is facing extinction from a super virus, makes Covid look fun. There are a tiny minority that are immune to the virus and the Organisation WICKED is attempting to find a cure for the entire human race. The unfortunate reality is that in order to discover the cure and save all of humanity a small number of subjects need to go through experimentation without knowing they are being experimented on. So the whole movie is based around the test subjects escaping with an emphasis on WICKED being considered an evil overlord type group. Pretty bad message overall.

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