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Maze Runner: The Death Cure may offer closure to fans of the franchise, but for anyone who hasn't already been hooked, this bloated final installment is best left unseen.
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"Maze Runner" pushes it to the limit and ultimately ends up spent.
The Maze Runner is the rare series that has improved with each installment, expanding beyond the organic pen of the first film into a bigger and more thrillingly realized science fiction sandbox.
It's...not great. But it's better than it has any right to be.
The Death Cure is a grim, half-hearted farewell to this wave of young-adult dystopias.
Cheers to star Dylan O'Brien for returning to complete his starring role after his serious stunt injury in Maze 2, but the third time's a yawn for this YA dystopia series
As easy as it is to criticize the script's broad strokes and improbable getaway schemes, it's hard to argue with the lessons it imparts: Be loyal, be brave, leave no friend behind.
The Death Cure feels less like an epic conclusion and more like the death rattle of an already bygone age of franchise films.
When the highest praise you can give a trilogy is "At least they finished it," then you probably haven't achieved your goals.
The Death Cure doesn't wrap up with an easy resolution, somber with an uncertain hope. But the thrills and scares, along with deeper thematic elements, make it worth watching through the end.
If this grossly tedious and nearly unwatchable film is meant to be an epic finale to the popular young adult series, it fails on all accounts.
It would be hard to recommend Death Cure and its predecessors as actual good movies but this is a fine, entertaining conclusion to a series perfectly suited for Saturday afternoon on cable viewings.
I'll be honest: I'm pretty sure half of what I think I remember from Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials might actually [have been] pieces of the last two Divergent movies.
The Maze Runner series was one of the best book series I've read in the last few years. I obviously get excited when something I've read hits the big screen, even though I know the film usually won't be as good as the book was. I have found that when film makers try to stick to the original story, as they did in The Hunger Games, the films are terrific. When they just take pieces and basically write their own story, it's usually an epic failure, i.e. Allegiant. In the first installment of Maze Runner, the film diverged and was disappointing, but the second film followed the book to a tee, and was terrific, what would happen in the third? Right off the bat, as I feared, the story is completely different and very few elements from the book are even used in the film, however, in the rarest of rare cases, the way the film makers re-wrote the story, actually improved upon it! Dylan O'Brien returns as Thomas and this is the film where his character really broke out and came to life as the hero we see in the novels. I honestly didn't see him as Thomas until I watched this film, he was that good. As for his other half, AKA Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), she was in a completely different role than in the novel, but likewise gave a much stronger performance than she did in the other two films. The final standout was Thomas Sangster, who I've spoke about before. He is fantastic in everything he does, but he doesn't do a whole lot! I really would like to see him do more and break out, it's a mystery to me why he doesn't. As a whole, The Death Cure was not the best in the book series, but it was the best in the film series. Many critics complained that it was too long, but I say take a look at what they did with the last book of the Divergent series. Alligiant was split into two and how well did that turn out? The only knock on this film is that one of my favorite actors, Jacob Lofland, didn't have more screen time as Aries, but aside from that this was a perfect conclusion to the film series, and a better ending than the one that was originally written for this franchise.
the drastic changes to the source material have left this series in a bad spot and the end result is a subpar offering that essentially leaves a bad taste. The filmmakers attempt an action packed epic that is full of everything, you can't focus as there is so much attempted here. The biggest issue is the core plot, the rescue. The whole film hinges on the rescue of their friend and it weakens the whole idea of the franchise. I knew they were boxed into unknown territory after they abandoned the Trails of the second film, the Scorch Trials were non existent. They also attempted to save Teresa, her arc in the book was so much better, it actually makes sense. This sadly ends much like the Hunger Games franchise did, on a whimper. You never care what is happening, everybody seems to be running around and avoiding explosions. I wanted something worthy but this is just poor filmmaking, like a mini Michael Bay at the helm. 26/05/2018.
One day, hopefully, young adult book adaptations will stop being made. It was fine when the first Hunger Games film came out in 2012. But then other films and film series like The Divergent Series, The Giver, The Mortal Instruments, and now the Maze Runner trilogy. Now, the idea has run stale, and I tend to roll my eyes towards any new YA novel adaptation that hit the theaters. Somehow, I managed to get roped into seeing the final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy, The Death Cure, which wraps up the story told by the previous two. Before I begin, I will give full disclosure to anybody who is reading: I have ONLY seen the first film in the series (The Maze Runner), and I never saw the second out of a lack of interest. So, some of my judgment on the film could be skewed, and I will do my best to review it as a film rather than as a third installment in a franchise.
The Death Cure tells the story of a group of teenagers who escaped the Maze in the franchise's first feature film, and it focuses on their battle against WCKD, an organization attempting to find a cure to a disease called the Flare that is ravaging what is left of humanity. The film features many of the same characters from its predecessors. We have, of course, Dylan O'Brien as Thomas, the leader of this group of people (most of whom are immune to the Flare), Thomas Sangster as his best friend Newt, Kaya Scodelario as Teresa, Ki Hong Lee as another one of Thomas' friends Minho, and a variety of other actors that portray less important characters. This brings me to my first problem with The Death Cure: its reliance on previous films to make the audience care for the characters. The only characters I ever felt for were Thomas and Newt, and this was primarily due to their friendship, one of the few things that carried the film. There was one other character in the film (whose identity will remain secret due to its potential to spoil things for Maze Runner fans) who I also really liked, but this was solely due to the talented actor who played the character. Aside from those three characters, I never really cared about anybody else... the villain(s) were derivative and had unclear/boring motivations, the supporting protagonists never did anything more than support the main protagonists, and everybody else was very forgettable.
The Death Cure never tries to be more than it is marketed as: a pretty-looking action movie. And this is both a good and bad thing for its viewers. If you come into the film expecting that, you're going to get what you bargained for. It's entertaining without a doubt, and there are plenty of big-budget action stunts, explosions, and intense shootouts like you would expect. However, there are plenty of problems sprinkled into this mix. First of all, the amount of deus ex machina in the film was infuriating. This led the film to be predictable throughout and boring at times. Second of all, the film is long, far too long for a movie of this caliber. Third of all, lots of the writing and screenplay was messy. And finally, I'd like to point out that the WCKD troops in the film have aim that is even worse than the aim of Stormtroopers, which is saying something.
In the end, The Death Cure is a forgettable final installment in a forgettable Young Adult film series. It has some merits, but those merits are bogged down by an abundance of problems and the fact that the movie is hard to appreciate without having seen its predecessors. If you were a fan of the first two Maze Runner films, I think you will enjoy this one. Otherwise, I would suggest sitting this one out. There are other films in theaters at the moment that would be more worth your (and my) time. Maze Runner: The Death Cure gets 2 out of 5 stars.
The Maze Runner films aren't any sort of Hollywood masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, but I've always thoroughly enjoyed them for what they are. Going into the third film after quite a large break since the second installment, I found myself wondering if it was too little, too late. Happily, I can admit that this trilogy of films stays pretty consistent with one another in the fact that each consecutive film builds on the previous one. If you've followed this trilogy from the beginning, there are definitely some true moments of drama surrounding Maze Runner: The Death Cure and the final act of this film shows that the filmmakers care about wrapping this story up nicely. Here's why I believe you should check this one out, but also watch all three films back-to-back if you haven't seen them.
While I'm not going to try and ruin the previous films, I would just recommend seeing the others before reading this quick synopsis. That being said, Maze Runner: The Death Cure picks up right where the second left off, as the remaining survivors of the Maze, along with a new crew of combatants, set off on a quest to gain back their friend in Minho. This is the core premise of the film, and this particular aspect of the film lends itself to a nice conclusion, but it's not the only thing going on. As the film progresses, we also get a glimpse into the corporation known as WCKD and what they've been planning all along. Viruses are wiping out the world, but who's really to trust anymore? This film raises some interesting questions, which keeps the audience on their feet.
Once again, Dylan O'Brien proves himself as not only a worthy action star but a true actor in the making. I can't wait to see where he branches off to next because I've loved everything about his portrayal of Thomas from the very beginning. That's also due to some solid direction by Wes Ball. He's not a household name for film fans as of yet, but if this trilogy of films is any indication, he has a very bright future ahead of him. The way he brings out solid performances from the entire cast, with the few highlights being Ki Hong Lee's portrayal of Minho or Thomas Brodie-Sangster's Newt. Minho and Newt were always likeable characters from the beginning, but the fact that they're just as involved as Thomas now, makes the conclusion feel worthwhile.
Where the film may lose some viewers is due to its slight long run time. Not to say that movies have to be less than two hours to not feel slow, but there are quite a few moments throughout this film that I felt could've been trimmed down. There are quite a few things that need to be wrapped up along the way, so I can see the need for a 142-minute duration, but it does feel its length at times. There is some terrific action spread out throughout this movie, which is another plus, but that also hurts the movie, because the movie seems to slow down quite a bit in between the excitement, which is something the other two films balanced a little better in my opinion.
Without giving anything away, there is an element to all three of these films that are never brought up in this film whatsoever and I personally felt cheated as a viewer. Look, not everything needs to come full circle, but there were a couple opportunities where something could've been written into the movie as a nice bow, but just wasn't. Like I said, I enjoyed the ending to this trilogy quite a bit, but there were definitely some missed opportunities.
In the end, Maze Runner: The Death Cure cares about its fanbase and closes this trilogy out on a solid note. A few tears may have been shed, a few goosebumps may have been had, and although there's nothing spectacular about these films, it's nice to see a director getting the opportunity to make all three films in the series and wrapping everything up nicely. The Maze Runner trilogy won't go down as one of the greatest trilogies of all time, but I do believe that the fanbase will expand over time. This is a solid trilogy worth sitting through. I recommend this third installment to fans of the first two and I recommend the trilogy to those who haven't given it a shot.
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