Maze Runner: The Death Cure concludes the trilogy with a string of daring escapades and explosive sequences. One does wish this finale pays more attention to answering questions, though.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Synopsis
The Gladers stage a daring hijack of a WKCD freight train but fail to rescue Minho. Against the orders of Vince, they then decide to infiltrate the Last City where Minho is most likely being held. Meanwhile, Teresa and Ava Paige edge closer to a cure for the Flare. Time is also running out for humanity, with Paige predicting it is but a matter of time before the rest of mankind succumb to the airborne Flare.
I have conflicting feelings toward the Maze Runner movie trilogy.
Independently, I think all three episodes worked, at least as popcorn flicks. As a whole, the overall story is more or less respectable too. Sure, the eponymous maze doesn’t appear beyond the first movie, but in replacement, there’s a certain “growth” in the story. You do feel the tale of the glader boys expanding and developing vigorously to achieve, ah, apocalyptic proportions. For good measure, there are even zombies thrown in.
Vice versa, a certain sensation of weirdness never leaves the movies. Ill logic too, if I might add. These stem from how key questions are never adequately answered in any of the episodes, and the really glaring fact that all three movies are so different in feel. By itself, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is an engrossing watch, decently acted with exhilarating, imaginative rescue sequences and confrontations. But … what happened to the whole zombie wasteland horror the second movie stood on? What about the techno-organic nightmares that was the life of the first movie?
To risk spoilers, Cranks have minimal appearances in Death Cure, despite being the heart of the story. Techno beastie had like, two minutes? One?
Admittedly, this discordant feel might be the shortcoming of the source material, which strident rewriting didn’t manage to rectify. (Or did it work the other way? I confess to not having read the books) In short, I wasn’t bored by Death Cure, and yes, it got me curious about Newt’s real feelings about “Tommy.” But, I’d add that this conclusion to the trilogy is best enjoyed without remembering too much of the earlier episodes. Perhaps the producers should have removed the Maze Runner brand from the title completely.
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