Movie Review: MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE is a Thrilling Conclusion to the Series

Maze Runner: The Death Cure manages to thrill from beginning to end and perfectly wraps ups the series in this final installment.

The Death Cure is the third movie in the series based off James Dashner’s The Maze Runner trilogy. Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Glader friends, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Frypan (Dexter Darden), as well as resistance fighters Brenda (Rosa Salazar) and Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) are back and on a deadly mission to save their friend, Minho (Ki Hong Lee) captured by WCKD and trapped in the WCKD controlled Last City. On their journey, they’ll search for answers that have been plaguing them since they first stepped into the maze. Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), has betrayed Thomas and is now working for WCKD capturing and experimenting on immune subjects, trying to find a cure for the Flare virus that is killing of the population and turning people into zombie like creatures.

The long awaited release of The Death Cure is finally here after filming on the movie was delayed due to Dylan O’Brien’s on set injury. However, the film doesn’t miss a beat jumping right into the action with the first scene. This movie is definitely the quintessential action flick, jammed packed with epic action sequences. The stunts and visual effects were thrilling to watch and will leave you on the edge of your seat.

However much I did enjoy watching the jaw-dropping action sequences, it could be said that movie is saturated with too many climatic over-the-top scenes filled with explosions and gunfire. These scenes sometimes overpower the plot of the film. But like I said, they’re a lot of fun to watch.

The cast gave it their all in this film giving impressive performances. Dylan O’Brien has grown with his character and plays the emotional scenes perfectly. Kaya Scodelario’s performance truly shines with her portrayal of Teresa. Fans of the book series have been split between loving and hating Teresa, who became a traitor to the Gladers. Scodelario makes such a complicated character like Teresa more sympathetic. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is awesome in everything he does, but he really knocked it out of the park with Newt in this final film. Aidan Gillen plays the villain, Janson, nicely making him the perfect antagonist for Thomas. Other notable performances were Rosa Salazar as Brenda and Giancarlo Esposito as Jorge. The chemistry between the cast is on key in every scene.

A couple scenes, which I will not name, left me a bit teary eyed. The raw emotion I say in the eyes of the actors really tugged at my heartstrings and would not let go.

In The Scorch Trials, the movie veered away from the book series, so I knew going into The Death Cure that it wouldn’t follow the book very closely. I was correct, but I am really happy with Director Wes Ball’s vision for the film. The story really came together making this a satisfying finale to the franchise.

Grade: B+

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