Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Film Review

Title: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Age: 12

Released: 17th January 2018

Director: Wes Ball

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Science-Fiction

Rating: *** (3/5 stars)

About: Thomas leads some 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 that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

Review: Ok, I’m sorry for the lower rating, but I was bored for most of this film.

I really enjoyed the first and second film, so I don’t know why I didn’t enjoy this film as much.

I went to go see it the same weekend that it came out in cinemas in the UK, and to be honest for an opening weekend it wasn’t that busy. My sister and I even arrived like half an hour early just to make sure that we got good seats, but by the time the film started there was only like less than half the cinema full. I think this was partially due to the lack of advertisements for this film, because I honestly don’t think that I saw much about it before it came to cinemas (which I find very surprising). It was either lack of advertisements or just a dislike for this franchise which meant that hardly anyone turned up in the cinema that I went to.

The best that I can now give this film franchise is at least it finished unlike Divergent, which we will never get to see an end to. I didn’t realise until that film had finished that they had the intention of doing the last film in two parts, so I was very surprised by the ending of that film, but at least we can pretend that Divergent ended, and Tris never died like in the books.

But on a side note, these two films clearly tried to be as good as The Hunger Games or maybe even Twilight, and yet they never quite made it, despite being targeted at roughly the same target audience.

My sister enjoyed it, so maybe I missed something.

I think my main problem is that the whole story idea behind the Maze Runner franchise is that it just doesn’t make sense: the first film – instead of testing people in a lab under nice calm conditions, they leave them in a maze to test them (if its just their blood they need, then take their blood). It just seemed like a way longer process of getting what they actually needed (and would have saved people sooner).

Which brings me on to my next problem, which is the whole ethical debate of sacrificing  a few to save everyone. Why do they have to kill people to get a solution, just sit down in a calm manner and do it in a nice way. Believe it or not, slowly but surely would have been the best option.

But yes, if they had done this we would have no film. So I get that they needed all this drama to make a dramatic story and you know normally this would be fine, but for whatever reason I just didn’t enjoy as much as I have. Maybe its because I’ve seen it too many times, maybe its because I wasn’t having a very good day who knows – until I get it on DVD my opinion on this film won’t change.

I did like one part of the film (and this may be a spoiler), but the seen where the kids are being rescued and Brenda drives them on the bus, I found that scene pretty enjoyable, particularly when the bus dies and says ‘out of service’, that scene worked quite nicely.

I didn’t enjoy the ending, it just kind of fell flat.

I do like the actors in the film though, and I don’t think it was there fault (because let’s face it, all of them are extremely talented).

It just wasn’t the film for me, sorry.


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