Maze Runner: The Death Cure

2018-11-02 08:50

What it's about:

In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

What we thought:

I have been fully invested in the Maze Runner film series since the first instalment came out back in 2014, so when I heard the release date of Death Cure I was pretty excited.

Initially I was concerned that the long production break after star Dylan O’Brien was injured on set might affect the flow of the film but it really didn’t and dare I say this is the best ending of a film series I have ever seen.

Of course, there are a couple of questions you’re left with when Thomas’ face disappears from the screen in the last scene but I felt a sense of satisfaction knowing where the story ends.

Death Cure picks up pretty much where we left off in Scorch Trials. The Maze is a distant memory but Thomas (O’Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and the rest of the resistance fighters are not done with WCKD just yet – they’re on a mission to save all those still captured, including Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and of course, they’re bound to run into traitor Teresa (Kaya Scodelario).

While the first and second instalments were fast-paced and saw the characters always on the run, quite literally, Death Cure is a little slower and was more dramatic from an emotional point of view. I loved how Wes Ball was able to show how the characters have grown and developed a close relationship over their years together.

There is still a ton of action and crazy stunts to keep you entertained but don’t be surprised if you shed a tear at times too.

As always, the cinematography was amazing and scarily believable – perhaps knowing parts of the film were shot in Cape Town have something to do with it. I will admit however, that there were moments in Last City scenes that didn’t disguise Cape Town’s city streets very well.

It may be known as the Hunger Games wannabe but the final instalment of the Maze Runner saga definitely left me satisfied and if you’re just as invested then it will do the same for you.

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