Maze Runner; The Death Cure is a 2018 American action-drama movie based on a book series by famed writer James Dashner. Directed by Wes Ball, this is the third and final film in the Maze Runner franchise which picks up where Scorch Trials left off. It sees Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), lead his team into the very heart of WKCD, an evil cooperation that is responsible for their predicaments in order to rescue his friend in Minho (Ki Hong Lee) who had been abducted as well as find a cure for the ‘Flare” virus; a dangerous infection that threatens their safety and survival.
As I mentioned in the American Assassin review last year, I am an avid fan of Dylan O’Brien; he is top class. Being the final Maze Runner film, he absolutely gave it his all and his performance stood out. In fact, it stood out so much that the movie’s release date was pushed by a whole year in order to allow Dylan to recover from injuries he sustained during filming; now that’s what I call dedication.
The rest of the cast are equally fantastic especially the evil Janson (Aidan Gillen) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario); Thomas’ love interest who decided to turn her back on the ‘Gladers’ in the previous film and you get to see how the consequences of her actions impact her emotionally here. The production design used in this film is excellent; there is CGI of course as you would expect since it is science fiction but it doesn’t go overboard with its execution.
Even though he didn’t get as much screen time as I would have hoped, The Walking Dead’s Walton Goggins as Lawrence had some awesome prosthetics on him. Much like the preceding movies in the series, the action sequences are relatively acceptable and appealing to the eye distinctly the hand-to-hand combat fight scenes; Wes Ball has had his work cut out for him and in my eyes, he did the best he could have done to bring the story to the big screen.
On the other side of the coin, there are a few of things I ought to complain about not only in respect to this movie but also the whole series in general. First off, the plot that characterizes the Maze Runner movies is unforgivably destitute of intrigue. As controversial as it may sound, it borrows a lot from other franchises. I mean, think about it, isn’t there another series that features a deadly virus, lifeless creatures, frequent deaths of characters and an evil co-operation that uses innocent people as lab rats?
In case you are not aware of what I am talking about, you might as well rewatch all the Resident Evil films, that should suffice. Additionally, there are moments when I actually thought I was watching a Michael Bay film; we have some unnecessary heartfelt moments and one too many explosions. There are also some happenings in scenes, especially during the 2nd act and part the 3rd act whose outcomes are quite predictable; notably for anyone who has been very keen when watching the past two movies.
In summary, I certainly didn’t go into Maze Runner; The Death Cure with high expectations. I wouldn’t entirely blame Wes Ball for that because he is only working off someone else’s ’source material but all the same, the film could have definitely gone out of its way to consummate a grandstand finish to the franchise. It wasn’t bad, but it could have been better.