Review: Maze Runner – The Death Cure

Maze Runner 3

Maze Runner 3

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Duration: 141 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 02-FEB-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5

Plot:Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

Overall Review:
Wes Bell, director of “The Maze Runner” and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”, returns once again for “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”. The third, and final, installment in the series stars Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario as main leads.  The film begins with a high-energy and exciting train heist as Thomas and company attempt to rescue Minho & therefore promises the audience an exhilarating 143 minutes ahead. The action throughout the film is strong; characters jump out of skyscrapers, leap from a burning building to an aircraft, and there are explosions galore. Director and Writer Bell finds a great balance between action-based and dialogue-based scenes. The story does lack complexity and high-stakes for a final installment, but the narrative reaches a satisfying resolution. So whilst not as consistently as strong as the first two chapters of the series, The Death Cure (Not without its problems) does offer an exhilarating conclusion to the grander narrative at the same level quality-wise as it begun.

Performance & Technical Review:
Dylan O’Brien is terrific as Thomas once again. Kaya Scodelario does not have as much to do this time around.  Aidan Gillan plays the main antagonist, Jason; he is relentless and fittingly wicked. The entire cast are relatively strong, but O’Brien and Gillan give the best and most memorable performances. Series director Wes Ball is aces with action, and almost as effective with the procedural steps to get to said action.
PDF Verdict:
The conclusion to the ‘Maze Runner’ series, adapted from James Dashner’s set of novels, deserves credit for simply completing the series, something that other Young Adult (YA) adaptions have failed to do (For Ex.: Divergent). In the Nutshell – IT IS A FITTING FINALE. If you’ve seen the previous two, you might as well complete the franchise. If you haven’t, don’t bother.
Ratings: 3.25 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5

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