Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)
Critic Consensus: 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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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
Audience Reviews for Maze Runner: The Death Cure
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.
I'm glad that the filmmakers still found a way to release The Death Cure and not go straight to digital/on demand. It's not that I think this trilogy is among the best post apocalyptic series nor did I really have an ounce of excitement going in, but after Dylan O'Brien had his accident and over 2 years of fans waiting, the ending is here. If I'm being completely honest, The Death Cure actually served as a perfectly fitting end to an above average young adult series. I don't consider myself a fan per say, but if I was, I'm guessing I would absolutely love this film. It ties up loose ends and finds a way to close out the series in a surprisingly emotional send-off. It's much different than say The Hunger Games, which ended the series on a completely sour and disappointingly safe note, The Death Cure takes some chances and didn't have the beat for beat moments I expected from a YA adaptation. O'Brien, who is shaping himself out to be a force in this business, provided another solid lead performance and he's surrounded by equally efficient turns from Kaya Scodelario, Aidan Gillen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, and Rosa Salazar. None of them take the material too seriously, something the Divergent series had a problem with, but they found a right balance of heart and humor. It's far from perfect, and for those who don't appreciate a good YA adaptation every once in awhile likely won't find anything here to like, but The Death Cure was immensely better than I expected. Sometimes that's all you need a film to be. 6.9/10
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