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  • Awesome Music: "This is a Revolution" by Ruelle is a very haunting and beautiful song.
  • Complete Monster: President Gray is revealed to be behind all the misery that the Espers children have to endure. When his son, Clancy, gets a mysterious disease known as IAAN, Gray performs various experiments on him and later uses him as a tool for propaganda so that he could make concentration camps for the Espers. In said camps, most of the children were mistreated with anyone who defies the soldiers being executed. He is also revealed to be the one who came up with the procedure of eliminating "Orange" and "Red" Espers leading to the near extinction of the Orange Espers in the process.
    • Clancy Gray is even worse, having usurped his father to build an army of Espers despite being an Esper himself. He tries to rape Ruby, and when she fights him off he smugly declares that he can just erase her memory of it and try again. He later decides to rewrite her mind into something more docile and agreeable.
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  • Critical Dissonance: The film has received largely negative reviews from critics (17% on Rotten Tomatoes, 39 out of 50 on Metacritic) for being a derivative YA adaptation without much to distinguish itself from the others, but audiences have been much more forgiving (76% on RT, 5.5 on MC).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film has made twice as much money overseas, with France being most appreciative.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Looks like Rue gets to be a part of the rebellion against a teenage dystopia for real this time.


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