Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure poster Rating: N/A/10 (N/A votes)
Director: Wes Ball
Writer: T.S. Nowlin (screenplay by), James Dashner (based upon the novel "The Death Cure" by)
Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dylan O'Brien, Aidan Gillen
Runtime: N/A
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Released: 26 Jan 2018
Plot: Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare".

After a delayed production due to the injury of the lead actor, the final part of the adaptation to the Maze Runner trilogy of novels finally arrives.  Unlike other adaptations from series of books, this one hasn’t been unnecessarily split into two parts to milk the story dry.  We have director Wes Ball to thank for that, as he insisted on it remaining a trilogy if he were to stick around for the final film.  Kudos to him for standing his ground as the result is a more than satisfying finale to the story.

Picking up swiftly after the events of the previous film ( http://blog.filmfile.co.uk/2015/09/15/review-maze-runner-the-scorch-trials/ ), and wheras that film was more world building than character growth, as expected the payoff in this film is more than satisfactory as Thomas, Newt and Frypan square off against WCKD one last time as they attempt to rescue their friends and other kids from experiments.  With Teresa now recruited by the organisation to help develop a cure, loyalties and friendships are to be tested, and ethical dilemmas in the seeking of a cure must be faced.

The film spends no time pandering to anyone who hasn’t seen the previous two parts, or who didn’t pay attention – why should it?  This is the third act of the tale.  If you aren’t a fan of the series so far, then clearly this isn’t a film for you to jump into.  Did Return of the Jedi spend time recapping all the events of the previous films?   Of course not – so when I see people griping that this third part doesn’t bring you up to speed, and it is hard to remember what happened previously, I wonder why those folk bothered watching this one.  It has been almost a year and a half since I saw Scorch Trials, and I had no problem remembering the events.  On that point, just to clarify once again, this is a final act for fans of the story…and boy, what a final act.

Kicking off with a classic train heist scene, with the resistance attempting to free some kids from a transport train, the film lays its action cards on the table straight away.  Well paced, thrilling, and visually exciting, the scene launches you into the story, the main focus being the attempt to free Minho from WCKD.  As Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends seek the city where the organisation operates from, they encounter familiar faces, and an uprising of infected folk ready to spark a revolution at the walls of the Last City.   The cast, now more than comfortable in their roles, get a lot to do throughout this film, and whilst the story is once again quite formulaic and typical of the pulp sci-fi genre, the cast deliver their parts well enough to ensure that even the most cliché riddled moments pack some emotional resonance.

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(L-R) Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Cranks leader Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Brenda (Rosa Salazar).
Photo credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Wes Ball returns as director, having been behind the lens on the first two films, and this ensures a consistent vision and tone, and knowledge of how to use the cast involved to their best.  The action is a blast, the tension in scenes such as one where the gang have to traverse a tunnel-road is gripping, and the whole film, whilst running at 2hours and 22 mins, never feels dragged out nor rushed, but paces well and delivers a satisfactory ending.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is one for the fans – much like the third part of any trilogy would be.  If you were never taken with the previous films, or you haven’t seen them, then its safe to say jumping into the third part is kind of pointless.  For the rest who have awaited this delayed film, rest assured it closes the saga with confidence.

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