Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Movie Review – A bland franchise finale.

The first Maze Runner film is one of those films I had intended to see upon it’s release but simply never did, because of that I had not seen the films sequel, The Scorch Trails either. That changed on the night before I went to see the final instalment in the franchise, The Death Cure. So having watched the first two films back to back, I went into this latest film wondering how they were going to close out this story.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who along with his friends, embark on a mission to find a cure for the deadly virus and to save their friend who is being held captive by WCKD.

This film opens with a thrilling action set piece that was quite long in length and well put together. To be honest the one consistent positive of the entire Maze Runner trilogy is the action sequences and how Wes Ball shoots them. He’s very talented in that regard, and in this final film he orchestrates even larger set pieces, with a stroke of confidence and competence rarely seen by most filmmakers early on in their careers. I must say, I am looking forward to seeing what films he moves on to direct in the future, after seeing him display his solid direction of action in this film.

The biggest problem I’ve had with the previous two films in the franchise is that I simply do not care for the characters or what even happens in the story. That problem persists in this film as well, by this point you’d want the viewer to be fully invested in the characters and the story as it reaches it’s climax, but I really couldn’t care less. That then made most of the attempts at drama and emotion fall completely flat. Even some of the story’s revelations didn’t feel that significant to me. From the final act of the first film to the very end of this film, the story has been consistently weak, it has all felt very underdeveloped with not much depth. There’s a number of key plot threads involving the virus that are left unresolved by the end of the film. It didn’t feel like a proper conclusion to everything that had been (poorly) set up in the previous films. It just made think “well what was the point in all of this then, if there is no resolution to some of the major plot lines”. When I say this I don’t mean there isn’t any resolution in an ambiguous or smart way, no I mean it in a way that is due to the story being told in such an incompetent manner. Without spoiling things this film ends with certain things remaining in the exact same position as they did in the first film. We started at point A in the first film and this final film ends at point A in regards to certain plot points.

Dylan ‘O Brien’s performance was a good, he has never been a problem in this franchise, in fact he makes the more uninteresting moments that more bearable. Thomas Brodie-Sangster was one of the standouts. He gets a lot more screen time as Newt in this finale and I felt he effectively used the material, to strengthen the on screen friendship between Newt and Thomas, so that when more dramatic things started to occur it ended up being more impactful than anything else in the film. I still don’t like Aidan Gillen’s portrayal of Janson. To me his performance just makes the character come across as a very one note cookie cutter villain. There’s nothing to make Janson stand out and be memorable, and we don’t even get a full idea of what is motivating his actions until the very end of the film.

Overall Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a mild improvement over the previous instalment. Director Wes Ball is talented when it comes to helming action, the problem is the script fails to make me care about the characters and what’s actually occurring. This is a fairly mediocre climax to what has been a very mediocre franchise.


(2 Stars Out of 5)


Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aidan Gillen.

Directed by Wes Ball.

Now showing in U.K. Cinemas.

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