By Michelle Reynolds, Staff Writer
The Maze Runner series is finally concluding, and they are doing it with a bang.
Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) leads escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all.
Released January 26, “The Death Cure” had a stunning opening week, becoming the highest grossing film of the weekend. It is no surprise, considering the long delay that kept audiences in suspense. The movie was originally supposed to be released in February 2017, but 20th Century Fox postponed the release after the film’s star Dylan O’Brien was injured and hospitalized during filming.
“The Death Cure” is receiving mostly praise from the audience, kicking “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” out of its number one spot for the first time in three weeks. The trilogy is also soaring overseas, and it’s clear why. Everything you associate with the Maze Runner series is delivered one last time in their final movie.
There are three movies in the series: “The Maze Runner” (2014), “The Scorch Trials” (2015), and now “The Death Cure” (2018), but the plot for the third movie felt overly simple. Sure, summaries will mention finding a cure, searching for answers etc., but the main plot was for Thomas and the gang to retrieve Minho with a few other stories happening along the way. Meanwhile, WCKD, the main antagonist organization is still on the loose. People would expect taking down the organization that put Thomas and the others in the maze in the first place would be the main plan but “The Death Cure” treats WCKD as more of an annoyance they face when trying to get back Minho. But lucky for Thomas, another underdeveloped and ambiguous group, whose name wasn’t really mentioned or cared about, happens to take down WCKD.
Besides this seemingly random group that helps Thomas get into the Last City, the movie had a couple questions that went unanswered. But every movie has its questions, and overall, it had all the key elements that make up a good ending for a trilogy.
At 143 minutes, “The Death Cure” runs on the longer side, but the intense action helps move the plot effortlessly along. Ever since the first movie, this series has crafted its own signature style of dramatic, yet extremely stylish action. Though the dialogue was nothing special, it’s acceptable given the genre, the focus more on action and considering the characters are too busy running. However, the chemistry and camaraderie between the actors is well-felt by the audience and the conflicts the characters endured against one another was painfully beautiful, showing you who they truly are at their darkest moments.
Rated PG-13, “The Death Cure” is filled with profanity and intense violence, but this can be expected. Having young people using guns and having immaculate fighting skills as they rebel against an organization seems to be a common theme amongst young adult movies and books like “Hunger Games” and “Divergent”. However, the Young Adult dystopian trope, while popular a few years back, is now slowly fading away and “The Death Cure” felt like the death blow to the genre.
Wes Ball, director of the previous Maze Runner movies, finishes the trilogy he started. The Maze Runner series has tried to outdo themselves with every movie, making each one bigger: bigger sets, bigger stunts, bigger action. This movie had all the grandeur of a Young Adult movie made in Hollywood: explosions, love, death, and drama. It was obvious “The Death Cure” was not saying its farewell without trying to make the audience feel emotions. But after three movies and four years, the series comes to an end.
Goodbye fellow Gladers.