Review – Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

The Maze Runner movie series has always known exactly what it is, and the final instalment in the trilogy is no exception.

At first, you might enjoy playing “spot the Brit” (or, rather, the bad American accent). Plenty of TV stars from this side of the Atlantic on display, not least from Game Of Thrones.

In any case, the film rattles through the classic Young Adult fiction tropes; entirely forgivable, since that’s exactly the genre of the book it’s based on. Young people hold the key to saving the world. Adults and their surveillance society is out to get them.

But once they learn to stick together (and helped by the classic incompetence of the bad guys’ troops) they can start to figure out a cure (…for death? Don’t think about it too much). Do they succeed?

The actors do a good job, led admirably by Dylan O’Brien. Will Poulter is always watchable, and Kaya Scodelario just about pulls off a difficult role. Aidan Gillen is at his scheming, Machiavellian best. But Thomas Brodie-Sangster, for this reviewer, steals the show.

The second half drags a little bit. It’s a long way from the tense, claustrophobic horror of the original movie, and the extended zombie chase movie of The Scorch Trials, but nevertheless it rounds the trilogy out in a satisfactory manner. If you’ve seen the first two, it’s worth a look, if only to see who makes it to the end in one piece.

Three of five spoons. 🥄🥄🥄

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