‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ Review

Death Cure.jpgMaze Runner: The Death Cure is a dystopian sci-fi action film directed by Wes Ball and written by T.S. Nowlin, based on the novel The Death Cure written by James Dashner. It is the sequel to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the third and final installment in the Maze Runner film series. The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Will Poulter, Rosa Salazar, Patricia Clarkson and Walton Goggins. The story follows Thomas, Newt, Frypan, and Brenda as they attempt to rescue Minho and the rest of the immune children from WCKD headquarters, which is located within the walls of the Last City. Wes Ball does a great job directing what is the most action-packed installment in this series. The film opens with a chase sequence involving a train that is fun and exhilarating to watch. He manages to give the main characters mostly equal screen time while constructing satisfying endings to their individual arcs. What Wes Ball does very well is changing key plot points from the book to make the film an action thriller, which overall makes it better. The film also boasts stunning cinematography which is displayed in its vast backgrounds and locations. Dylan O’Brien turns in his best performance as Thomas since the first film. The audience can really feel his need to save everyone. This need even extends to Teresa even though she turned on them in the previous film. And it is this need to save everyone that makes Thomas no better than WCKD. WCKD is thinking of the bigger picture while Thomas is not. Just because it’s the path of least resistance doesn’t mean it’s the wrong path. Will Poulter returns as Gally after being assumed dead after the events of the first film. Poulter still portrays Gally as cocky and brash, though proving that he was never a bad guy. He is willing to fight against the injustices of WCKD and holds no grudges against his former friends. Thomas Brodie-Sangster gives an emotional performance as Newt. Revelations are made about his character that will just bring tears to your eyes. He is the glue that holds the team together and the lynchpin for the final sequence of the film. Kaya Scodelario turns in a fine performance as Teresa. She isn’t given too much to do in this film, but she does a lot in what little screen time she has. You feel how much she really wants to find a cure for the flare virus. She sides with WCKD because the ends justify the means. The film does, however, gloss over a few things that would help explain elements of the story. Things such as how did Gally survive being speared in the first film, how does the government in the Last City function, what is the state of the rest of the world. I give Maze Runner: The Death Cure a Decent 8.2/10. It’s a fine conclusion to what ended up being a fun series of films.

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