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MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE

★★

DEAD END

THEATRICAL REVIEW
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By Brent Davidson
18th January 2018

If I was the soulful Australian songstress Delta Goodrem and I was asked to write a song about 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure', I would definitely be my break out 2003 hit ‘Predictable’. It’s so much so that it borders on parody.

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, 'American Assassin') embarks on his final and most dangerous mission yet: break into the fabled “Last City” and rescue one of his fellow “Gladers” from being tortured by the evil corporation WCKD in order to find the cure to the virus that is turning the population into zombie-like creatures.

Sadly, what I think is one of the most unfortunate things to happen with this film is its delayed release. This was due to Dylan O’Brien being involved in a rather serious car accident, and the studio wanted to give him enough time to recover before finalising the filming. This said, the concept of the ‘Maze Runner’ universe has largely fallen out of general consciousness. I found myself wondering what had happened between the second film 'Scorch Trials', and now 'The Death Cure'. A lot of the beginning was confusing - but not in a hard-to-follow plot sort of way, more, “Wait, where did we leave these guys?”

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By the looks of it, we left them in a world overrun with clichés and nods to other (much better) works of science fiction. There are visual nods to such films as ‘Tron,’ and ‘Logan’s Run’, with a few good doses of almost every other teen post-apocalyptic film that's out there. That is another of the ‘Maze Runner’s' downfalls. The market is oversaturated with these sorts of trilogies at the moment, and while none have been perfect, others have been much much better.

I would now like to take the time to tip my hat at all the monochromatic female villains in almost all of these teen post-apocalyptic franchises. Patricia Clarkson is a veritable force of nature, but even she struggles with the wet fish of a script she has been given. But boy, she looks great in white - just like Julianne Moore’s all grey palate in ‘The Hunger Games’ and Kate Winslet’s all blue in the ‘Divergent’ series. Clearly in the future we need to beware the woman in monochrome.

Sadly it didn’t even cure my relative boredom, replacing it with further ennui...

I rolled my eyes a lot in ‘The Death Cure’ for so many reasons. But I think the biggest one of all was the resolution. So about 10 minutes into the film, they plan an escape to an island with everyone who is immune to the virus, but Thomas being the hero has to go and rescue the last Glader. We then spend the next 2 hours watching him do that, only for the plan in the first ten minutes to be executed at the end. Spoiler alert - he enters and leaves the city with exactly as many Gladers as he started with... So was it worth it in the end?

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is a long and straight road to a predictable conclusion that will leave no one asking (or wanting to ask) any more questions. Sadly it didn’t even cure my relative boredom, replacing it with further ennui. What a dead end.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 18/01/2018
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
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