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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review

As the saying goes, “ All good things must come to an end.” That is the case with The Death Cure, the final chapter in the epic Maze Runner series, now playing in theaters.

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

These movies are so well made, complete with spectacular action sequences, like the opening train sequence that looks like something you would see in a Fast and Furious movie, and teary intimate moments. Director Wes Ball knows how to move his camera around a futuristic medical compound and the set pieces choreographed very well. The look of Earth’s last city reminds me a little bit of how the Capital looked in The Hunger Games.

The performances in this film were just remarkably believable. Dylan O’Brien was spectacular in this film and I would like to say that it was great seeing him finish what he started after is on-set accident. You could definitely feel that O’Brien put his heart and soul into seeing this series to the end in this film. Thomas Sangster does a great job playing Newt, especially with what his character goes through in this installment. Kaya Scodelario is great as Teresa but her character is so easily manipulated that I found myself either liking or hating her in this film.

I’m really thankful that they didn’t break it up into two parts and were able to finish things with one whole film. There’s a pleasing sort of B-movie-on-an-A+-budget clarity to Death Cure. With the mystery of why they’re all trapped in this hellscape in the first place resolved, the main players finally get to breathe and relate, at least when they’re not busy running and gasping.

It may be easy to find things to criticize the script on, but it’s hard to argue with the lessons it imparts: Be loyal, be brave, leave no friend behind.

With the amount of time it took to make this film, well over a year to allow O’Brien recuperate from his serious injury, Ball and team have made a movie better than expected and deliver a satisfying conclusion.


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