By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
All good things must come to an end. The dystopian, teen drama, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,”
is the fitting and final installment in the successful “Maze Runner” trilogy which is based on the James Dashner young adult novels.
Director Wes Ball (“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”) delivers a massive, action packed finale which takes place months after the events of “The Scorch Trials.”
You’ve got to hand it to Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the rest of the Gladers. Frypan (Dexter Darden, TV’s “Dead House”) and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster, TV’s “Milo Murphy’s Law”) have survived just about everything imaginable that’s come at them in this franchise including gigantic, robotic spiders and even zombies.
But the gang now faces its most daunting challenge yet. They’re in a dangerous race working alongside rebel group leader Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito, TV’s “Alice & Robo”) and the feisty resistance fighter Brenda (Rosa Salazar, TV’s “Big Mouth”) to save mankind from the raging Flare virus that’s about to decimate the planet.
Fortunately, they’re immune to it. However, compounding matters is head runner, Minho (Ki Hong Lee, TV’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) who has been captured with a group of immune kids and taken to WCKD (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department) which was originally formed to find a cure for the Flare.
Working overtime at WCKD is Teresa (Kaya Scodelario, “Pirates of the Caribbean”), a traitor and former love interest of Thomas, scientists Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson, TV’s “Sharp Objects”) and Janson (Aidan Gillen, TV’s “Game of Thrones”). They intend to experiment on Minho with a new serum.
Thomas, Newt and Frypan get a big assist from their old foe turned friend, Gally (Will Poulter, “Detroit”) who they presumed was dead.
He takes them to an underground kingpin named Lawrence (Walton Goggins (TV’s “Vice Principals”). The Flare virus has done a real number on him too. Still he plans to help them get to Minho.
So much of “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” moves at such a dizzying pace that it’s easy to get lost in all the explosive, action. After a while it does become a bit repetitive; although the opening train heist, the underground zombie chase and airborne bus stunts are pretty amazing.
Honestly, there’s so much going on in “The Death Cure” that the filmmakers could have easily pulled an “Allegiant” here and split this thing into two separate movies.
Then again after Dylan O’Brien’s near fatal accident which occurred while filming “The Death Cure,” it was probably a wise decision to tie up all the loose ends now and get out of this “Maze” while in one piece and on top.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.