Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The third and expected final movie in the Maze Runner trilogy was released this weekend after a troubled and difficult path.  The dangerous, but thankfully not fatal, accident that befell movie star Dylan O’Brien caused the film to be delayed, but the young actor looked great back on the screen.

In the third installment, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is desperately trying to find a way to save his friends and the world from the deadly disease known as “The Flare.”  Meanwhile, the forces of WCKD are trying to do the same thing, but in extremely different ways.  WCKD head Janson (Aidan Gillen) is trying to capture every immune child in the world so they can use them as lab rats to solve the disease.  Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Thomas’s old love and betrayer, works in the lab hoping to find the cure.

So with Thomas’s close friend Minho (Ki Hong Lee) captured by WCKD, Thomas and the rebels look to save him from his future.

I kind of liked the first Maze Runner movie, but I really disliked the Scorch Trials film, so the third film could go in either direction.  Ironically, that is exactly what it did.

The first hour or so of The Death Cure was boring.  I was not engaged and I found myself wishing the film would get over.  I was not involved with the characters and the storyline felt flat and familiar.

Then, the last hour and a half or so, the film really picked up its pace, became exciting and engaging and really improved.

So the film was really split into two sections.  One good and one bad.  Once they got through the first section of the film, I did enjoy it much more.  The action was better and the characters became more important to me.   It was still predictable but it was considerably better than the first hour.

In the end, my decision with recommendation or not sticks with one major scene that stuck with me the remainder of the film.  And to talk about it, I need to mention that this section is SPOILERS

At one point, Thomas and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) undercover, escorting Teresa into WCKD in search of Minko.  They are in an elevator when Janson holds up the elevator and gets in and begins having a conversation with Teresa.  He had no idea who was standing directly behind him in the riot gear.  I immediately said to myself, “Shoot him in the head.”  Of course, Thomas does not do that, and not too longer after that Janson had figured it out. The opportunity was missed and I could not get past the fact that everything else wouldn’t have happened or could have been avoided with one easy pull of the trigger.  That plot hole made me question the rest of what happened.

I did like this better, much better, than the Scorch Trials, which was a serious misstep, but this did not reach the levels of number one.  The trilogy was reasonably finished , so let’s see if this is the end.

2.75 stars

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