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The Maze Runner saga comes to an end in The Death Cure, which I caught a screening of even though I found the middle film in the trilogy to be average at best. While The Death Cure isn’t what I’d call a must-see type of film, it does improve upon its predecessor in many ways, and by the end it offers up a somewhat entertaining young adult post-apocalyptic narrative. I wouldn’t call it groundbreaking, as most of its tropes have been used many times before, but in terms of pure entertainment it’s not a bad action film to watch.

You can get my full review via the video embedded below, or the included script of said video. Both are spoiler free!

Hey now fans of Young Adult post apocalyptic films, Matt Heywood here from EntertainmentBuddha.com to review Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

After a rather dull middle entry in the Maze Runner franchise I didn’t have much hope for the finale film, but after giving it a chance, I can say that it is better than the second, but not as good as the first, so in the end it’s a competent, if not entirely predictable conclusion to the trilogy.

The plot is essentially one big rescue mission that hits various road blocks en route to the explosive inevitable climax that neatly ties up most of the major plot threads that have been introduced over the course of three films.

With that being said, The Death Cure benefits from its action heavy plot, and most of the set pieces are entertaining to watch. For example, the train heist at the beginning sets the tone for this film’s heavy reliance on action, and it’s quite entertaining to watch play out.

Due to the focus on action, there aren’t many down moments in The Death Cure, which keeps its somewhat long runtime manageable. Although, there are a few scenes that touch on the film’s deeper social messages, such as the exploitation of the few to benefit the many. This movie over the other two really hammers home the lengths both good and bad people will go to when faced with certain death. It also highlights the injustices of a police state, as well as the struggle between the haves and have nots of the world.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure really doesn’t do much to change the young adult apocalyptic genre, but it does manage to entertain thanks to its skilled and familiar feeling cast, its heavy reliance on entertaining action set pieces, and for the fact that it has a clear and concise conclusion. It’s way better than the second film in the trilogy, and offers a solid bookend for the franchise.

The Death Cure earns a 6.8 out of 10 review score from Team EB. I wouldn’t call it a must-see film, but it’s far from a stinker, so if you’ve been a fan of the Maze Runner films you might as well catch it in theaters, otherwise you’re fine waiting on this one to hit the home release scene.

Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.

The Maze Runner saga comes to an end in The Death Cure, which I caught a screening of even though I found the middle film in the trilogy to be average at best. While The Death Cure isn't what I'd call a must-see type of film, it does improve upon its predecessor in many ways, and by the end it offers up a somewhat entertaining young adult post-apocalyptic narrative. I wouldn't call it groundbreaking, as most of its tropes have been used many times before, but in terms of pure entertainment it's not a bad action film to watch. You…
The Death Cure is much more engaging than its predecessor, but it's also nothing to write home about. Although, it is still an entertaining action film, and if you're a fan of the franchise it provides a nice bookend for the trilogy.

Review Summary

Story - 6
Cinematography - 7.5
Sound - 7
Acting - 7
Entertainment Value - 6.5

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The Death Cure is much more engaging than its predecessor, but it's also nothing to write home about. Although, it is still an entertaining action film, and if you're a fan of the franchise it provides a nice bookend for the trilogy.

 

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he's not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB's Star Wars Time podcast show.