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Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a fittingly epic closing chapter that might just be my personal favourite of the series.
on 3 February 2018
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a fittingly epic closing chapter that might just be my personal favourite of the series. Another YA franchise completed (let us rejoice...), although 'The Maze Runner' series has actually been pretty decent from the start. A slight misfire with 'The Scorch Trials' but Wes Ball is back on track to get the job done in style. Thomas and the gang want to save his remaining friends from the Maze who are now being stored and tested on in the WCKD tower. They must infiltrate the walled city before the virus destroys all of humanity. I'm going against the critics on this one. Yes, it's overlong. Sure, it pretty much consists of an expositional script. Of course, certain plot points seemed unbelievable and convoluted. But do you know what? This is exactly what I wanted it to be. Epic. What a finale this was! It starts off with what looks like an action set piece from the 'Fast & Furious' franchise, then we go through an apocalyptic tunnel straight out of 'I Am Legend' to a futuristic city scape that resembled 'Blade Runner'. It borrows all these elements to create a satisfyingly entertaining flick. The visual grandeur has never looked so good, the series has come along way in terms of detailing the architecture and modernisation of this dystopian future. The first act starts off well, the second is a bit of a slog...but then the third act arrives. Oh yes! Moody, gritty and some surprising plot twists that made it even more enthralling. Flashing lights and piercing alarms whilst our characters shoot their way out of the WCKD building as a burning inferno rages on in the streets below. The ferocity was conveyed excellently, and the stakes were raised. All the cast members did a good job, particularly O'Brien and Brodie-Sangster's onscreen chemistry. Whilst all the action is taking place, there are moments of sadness. And yet again, I felt the feels. Maybe I'm getting emotionally vulnerable as I get older? Honestly though, I was expecting to hate this, yet I came out loving the series even more. My favourite chapter to date.