Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' on SWITCHCast
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
New SWITCHCast episode out now! Click to listen to reviews of 'Breath', 'The Gateway' and more.x
review, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Maze, Runner:, The, Death, Cure, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, home entertainment, DVD, Blu-ray, Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Jacob Lofland, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Katherine McNamara, Wes Ball, Action, Adventure, Sci Fi, Thriller film rating

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE

★★★

A SOLID ENDING TO AN ENTERTAINING FRANCHISE

4K UHD BLU-RAY REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Daniel Lammin
22nd April 2018

Of the many young adult dystopian novel adaptations that appeared in the wake of the success of ‘The Hunger Games’, Wes Ball’s 2014 film ‘The Maze Runner’ was one of the more promising. Based on James Dashner’s novel, it offered an exciting premise that felt like something new, and while the characters were almost entirely male, the characters were well-drawn and it played them off each other in a manner akin to ‘Lord of the Flies’, with Ball demonstrated a keen eye for storytelling an action. The follow-up, ‘The Scorch Trials’, followed the first film with a stumble, starting strong but opening up into a bit of a mess, and even Ball’s still impressive eye couldn’t get around how derivative the film was. And now we come to the end with ‘The Death Cure’ - the final part of the trilogy, and while it still isn’t as strong as the first, it does bring the series home with a strong, often thrilling finale.

With Minho (Ki Hong Lee, TV's ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’) in the hands of WYKD and being drained of his blood to help find a cure to the Flare, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, ‘American Assassin’) and his friends plan to break into WYKD headquarters in the fortress of the Last City and get him out before resistance fighters bring the place to the ground. It’s a simple narrative thread, but it’s a damn string one, giving the film a drive and spine that the second film lacked. Each major set piece follows smoothly from one to the next, and even at two and a half hours, the film feels like it’s rocketing towards its conclusion. The many characters and ideas of the series mostly come together in this final chapter, where allegiances are tested, truths are revealed, and the question of whether the life of one is worth the life of another is pushed to the brink. Where ‘The Scorch Trials’ meandered and felt messy, ‘The Death Cure’ is clear, crisp and often unforgiving, and while the narrative inevitably falls into some annoying clichés, the craft of the film mostly avoids them.

SWITCH: 'MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE' TRAILER

The charisma of the cast goes a long way to keeping it all together. O’Brien really digs into the damage and dilemma in Thomas, and similarly to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss (if not as elegantly constructed), the PTSD and exhaustion of what he asks of him weighs heavily on him. Kaya Scodelario (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales') gets her first real chance to properly dig into Theresa’s motivations, making her one of the most interesting characters, while Thomas Brodie-Sangster ('Nowhere Boy') as Newt continues to be the heart and reason in the film. Returning cast members like Dexter Darden, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito and Barry Pepper hold strong, while Patricia Clarkson (‘The Party’) still feels underused, and Aiden Gillen (TV's ‘Game of Thrones’) falls into way too many obvious "bad guy" character traps.

The real star of the film - as with the previous ones - is Wes Ball, with this series charting his development as a filmmaker. The scale of ‘The Death Cure’ is enormous, both in terms of its visual demands and breakneck narrative, and he handles it all with tremendous skill. Many of the action sequences are spectacularly staged, and having been given the chance to direct the entire trilogy, his confidence, knowledge and care for the series allows him to bring it home with an assured hand. T.S. Nowlin’s screenplay isn’t anything special, but unlike ‘The Scorch Trials’, much of the film relies on dramatic action, and Ball and the cast are skilled enough to overcome most of the screenplay’s shortcomings. It also just looks tremendous, with well-executed special effects and slick production design.

Now complete, 'The Maze Runner' series doesn’t hold a candle to 'The Hunger Games', but it’s great entertainment in its own right, and while many of those dystopian series have fallen by the wayside like the 'Divergent' series, this one held its hand (even with significant production problems) and was able to get to its ending. I really enjoyed ‘The Death Cure’ - I enjoyed its breakneck speed, its thrilling action, how it treated characters I’ve watched grow over three films, and how it brought it all together with a crashing finale. For a series that promised big-scale, easily digestible entertainment, it’s a damn good place to have finished off.

The many characters and ideas of the series mostly come together in this final chapter, where allegiances are tested, truths are revealed, and the question of whether the life of one is worth the life of another is pushed to the brink.

PICTURE & SOUND
This is my first-ever 4K UHD review for SWITCH, hopefully the first of many. This is very exciting, but also a new format for me to be exploring, to bear with me while I find my rhythm with breaking this kind of image down for review.

‘The Death Cure’ looks tremendous in the UHD format, with a 2160p HEVC / H.265 encoded 2.39:1 transfer, with the original 3.4K source upscaled to 4K UHD (I know there were some sequences shot for IMAX, but the aspect ratio on disc remains consistent). The clarity and detail are terrific across the board, but its the colours that really stand out thanks to the High Dynamic Range, giving what could have been a cold and steely film a lot of life and texture. Though there did occasionally seem to be some shudders during a few panning moments in the film, the image looks consistently stable. As there was no Blu-ray copy included, I’m not able to compare it to the 1080p version, but comparing it to the 1080p transfer for ‘The Scorch Trials’, this is a significantly stronger image. The Dolby Atmos 7.1 track is a real corker, a thunderous piece of work that beautifully balances everything while giving the film a significant bass kick. It was a noticeably richer audio experience than the other films, and I imagine the Atmos is partly responsible. Overall, I can’t imagine this film looking or sounding better.

SPECIAL FEATURES
The only extra included on the 4K UHD disc is an audio commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and producer Joe Hartwick Jr. All other special features would be found on the Blu-ray disc included, which unfortunately wasn’t available to review with this set. Those extras would include:
▸ Deleted and Extended Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin, and Joe Hartwick Jr
▸ Four Featurettes: The Final Run" , "Dystopia", "Allies Reunited", "A Look Back", "Going Out on Top”
▸ Gag Reel
▸ Visual Effects with Optional Commentary
▸ Audio Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and Joe Hartwick Jr

The 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' competition has now closed. Winners will be announced shortly.

Competition opens at 5pm AEST on Sunday 22nd April 2018 and closes at 11:59pm AEST on Sunday 29th April 2018. Five winners will be chosen at random on Monday 30th April 2018. To successfully win, entrants must fulfil the above entry conditions before the time the competition closes. Current members/followers are eligible to enter the competition. Only one entry per person. Only one winner per household. To be a valid winner, the entrant must not have won a prize from SWITCH within the last 21 days. Each winner will receive one Blu-ray copy of 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure'. By entering, you agree to receive occasional emails from SWITCH in the future. If you decide to unsubscribe from these updates, any further entries will not be applicable. Only Australian residents are eligible to enter.

'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital and DVD on Wednesday the 25th April 2018 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 25/04/2018
RUN TIME: 2h 21m
CAST: Dylan O'Brien
Thomas Brodie-sangster
Ki Hong Lee
Kaya Scodelario
Rosa Salazar
Giancarlo Esposito
Jacob Lofland
Aidan Gillen
Patricia Clarkson
Katherine McNamara
DIRECTOR: Wes Ball
PRODUCERS: Lee Stollman
Wyck Godfrey
Ellen Goldsmith-vein
MazeRunnerMovie
mazerunnermovie
Want more? Listen to our discussion of 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' on SWITCHCast 
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Sci-fi cult TV prize pack - Win big and save the world!
TRENDINGWIN SCI-FI CULT TV PRIZE PACKWin big and save the world!
Molly’s Game - Jessica Chastain’s big gamble
TRENDINGWIN MOLLY’S GAMEJessica Chastain’s big gamble
The 15:17 to Paris - Yet another unwatchable mess from Clint Eastwood
TRENDINGTHE 15:17 TO PARISYet another unwatchable mess from Clint Eastwood
BPM - Queer history, honoured and invigorated
TRENDINGBPMQueer history, honoured and invigorated
Deadpool 2 - Just when you thought it couldn't get any better - or filthier...
TRENDINGDEADPOOL 2Just when you thought it couldn't get any better - or filthier...
Buffy - A 20th anniversary love letter
TRENDINGBUFFYA 20th anniversary love letter
© 2011 - 2018 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Disclaimer | Contact Us