Maze Runner: Death Cure (also known simply as The Death Cure) is a 2018 American dystopian sci-fi action film based on the novel “The Death Cure” written by James Dashner. The film written by TS Nowlin and directed by Wes Ball. This film is a sequel to the 2015 film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and also the third and final installment in the Maze Runner film series.
The movie was originally set to be released in the US on February 17, 2017 by 20th Century Fox, yet the studio rescheduled the release for January 26, 2018 in theatres and IMAX that allows time for O’Brien to recover from injuries he sustained during the filming. The film received a lot of mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $284 million worldwide from just a mere production budget of $62 million, making it the 9th highest-grossing film of 2018 as of the latest statistics.
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The film stars 12-time award-winning American-actor Dylan O’Brien (Stiles Stilinski of Teen Wolf/ Caleb Holloway of Deepwater Horizon/ Jimmy of High Road/ Mitch Rapp of American Assassin) played the role of Thomas, the main protagonist of the series, who was also a runner from Group A called the Gladers, before escaping the Maze with his fellow Gladers in Maze Runner. Award-winning English actress Kaya Scodelario (Carina Smyth of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge/ Marie-Joseph D’Alember of The King’s Daughter/ Kelly of Tiger House/ Effy Stonem of Skins/ Emanuel of The Truth About Emanuel/ Peshet of Clash of Titans/ Tasha of Shank/ Eve of Moon/ Older Cathy of Wuthering Heights) played her role as Teresa, the only female Glader of Group A, who later worked with the WICKED to find a cure for all humans who are prone to acquire a flare virus which can cause them to become zombies. She was also Thomas’ love interest.
Award-winning English actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojeen Reed of Game of Thrones/ First Order Officer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens/ Whitey Winn of Godless/ John Tracy of Thunderbirds Are Go/ Rob of The Bayton Outlaws/ Tim Latimer of Doctor Who/ Romulus Augustus of The Last Legion) played his role as Newt, a Glader who took upon the role of the leader of Group A after their previous leader, Alby, died in The Maze Runner. South Korean actor Ki Hong Lee (Dong Nguyen of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/ Chaz Seong of MotherLover/ Paul of The Nine Lives of Chloe King) played his role as Minho, a Glader, and the former Keeper of the Runners of Group A, who later becomes Thomas’ best friend.
Primetime Emmy nominee and 11-time award-winning Danish actor Giancarlo Esposito (Gustavo “Gus” Fing of Breaking Bad/ Jack Baer of The Usual Suspects/ Akela of The Jungle Book/ The Genie of Once Upon a Time/ Tom Neville of Revolution/ Hypnos of Monkeybone/ Mr. Peavey of Stardust/ Mickey of Sesame Street) played the role of Jorge, the leader of a group of Cranks that the Gladers met in The Scorch Trials. Award-winning Canadian actress Rosa Salazar (Ava Perez of CHIPS/ Amanda of Submerged/ Lynn of Insurgent/ Roller Derby Girl of Epic/ Zoe DeHaven of Parenthood/ Maria of American Horror Story) played her role as Brenda, a girl who was part of a group of Cranks in The Scorch Trials before becoming separated and having to navigate through the Scorch with Thomas.
Four-time award-winning English actor Will Poulter (Krauss of Detroit/ Kenny Rossmore of We’re the Millers/ Eustace Scrubb of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader/ Lee Carter of Son of Rambow/ Jack of Kids in Love/ Ricky Ortega of War Machine) played the role of Gally, a Glader of Group A who strictly followed the rules of the Glade and thus became Thomas’ adversary in The Maze Runner. He later became an ally of Thomas.
American actor Dexter Darden (Noah of Making Moves/ Baseball Son of My Brother/ Chester of Minutemen/ Kelvin Kennedy of Burden) played his role as Frypan, he is the keeper of the cooks in the Maze Runner and later helps Thomas in rescuing Minho from WICKED.
Oscar nominee and 25-time award-winning American actress Patricia Clarkson (Melinda Moores of The Green Mile/ Olivia Harris of The Station Agent/ Rosemary of Easy A/ Jane Davis of House of Cards/ Carol Parrish of Jumanji/ Adora Crellin of Sharp Objects) played her role as Ava Paige, the Chancellor of WICKED and the person who is responsible for managing and organizing the search for a cure of the Flare, including sending teens into Maze to study the minds of Immunes.
Award-winning English actress Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey of Fast & Furious 7/ Missandei of Game of Thrones/ Sasha Valentine of Hollyoaks) played her reprised role as Harriet, was one of the leaders of Group B, who stayed on the port.
Golden Globe nominee and 7-time award-winning Canadian actor Barry Pepper (Private Jackson of Saving Private Ryan/ Jonnie Goodboy Tyler of Battlefield Earth/ Lucky Ned Pepper of True Grit/ Bobby Kennedy of The Kennedys/ Mike Strank of Flags of our Fathers/ Dean Stanton of The Green Mile) played his role as Vince, the leader of the Right Arm, an organization opposed to WICKED.
Six-time award-winning Irish actor Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish of Game of Thrones/ CIA Op of The Dark Knight Rises/ Bill of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword/ Paul Serene of Quantum Break/ Everett Newcombe of Mayday/ DI John Bloom of Identity/ Mayor Thomas Carcetti of The Wire/ Rathbone of Shanghai Knights) played his role as Janson, the assistant director of WICKED and the main antagonist.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film got an approval rating of 42% based on 144 reviews, and an average rating of 5.1/10. The website’s critical consensus reads,
“Maze Runner: The Death Cure may offer closure to fans of the franchise, but for anyone who hasn’t already been hooked, this bloated final installment is best left unseen.”
On Metacritic, the film got a weighted average score of 51/100, based on 37 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “B+” on an A+ to F scale. IMDb, the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, gave 6.4/10 for its average star rating.
It’s obvious that this last installment of Maze Runner got a very low rating, however you will really surprise how this story ends with a heart-breaking twist that will surely captivate your heart upon watching this one. Based on my own insight, this story has ended with another strong message among viewers that life is not fair at all times, sometimes you need to sacrifice to ensure the safety of the multitude despite it’s against all odds to assure the existence of that very special person you wish to have.
Teamwork, camaraderie, and perseverance for every trial also epitomizes the purpose of this film. It’s indeed true that every maze has an end, and so thus ends this trilogy movie that will surely blow your mind how some characters in the story made a huge sacrifice just to ensure others’ a perfect utopia they had long to wish for. I give my 8/10 for this film.
If you haven’t watched this film yet, here’s the trailer:
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