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Lost in the dystopian nightmare of 'The Maze Runner'

Lost in the dystopian nightmare of 'The Maze Runner'

Bucking the femme-centric trend in YA fantasy fare, boys claim the dystopian spotlight in "The Maze Runner."

The story, based on the first novel in James Dashner's four-book series, finds the XY crowd with their work cut out for them: Deprived of their memories, the future-world teens are dropped into a mysterious social experiment that's a little bit "Lord of the Flies," a little bit "Hunger Games" and a little bit "Survivor."

The franchise launcher, directed by visual effects artist Wes Ball in his feature debut, gets the vision and the grit of the source material but finally feels more like a long trailer than an involving movie....

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