Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Will Poulter

Director: Wes Ball

Release date: 26th January 2018

Set not long after the events of the last Maze Runner movie, we re-join Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends from The Glade, hijacking a train. It soon becomes clear that they are looking for something or someone. Unfortunately the person they are searching for is not in the car of the train that they break into. They just about escape with their lives and go back to re-group. They decide that their friend has been taken to ‘The Last City’, the last city on Earth that is free of the virus that has destroyed humanity. A plan has to be formulated to break into this highly secure place. It’s not going to be an easy task. The infection rate of the virus has now risen by 300% and there’s still no sign of a cure. After much planning and help from an old ‘friend’, they manage to get into the city. With the whole city on lockdown, can they find their friend and get out alive?

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This is the third and final instalment in the ‘Maze Runner’ series of movies, based on the novels by James Dashner, first published in 2009. The first movie was released back in 2014 and the second, ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ was released a year later, in 2015. Its star, Dylan O’Brien was injured on the set during filming in 2016 and so the release of the film was put back a year to let him recover.

I have been looking forward to this third instalment, after watching the first two movies and was really impressed with the story. I found the second one to be a little more ‘scary’ than the first, noting that my young nephew had watched the first movie. I felt a tiny bit confused at the beginning of this new movie because I didn’t really remember how the second story ended. Took a few minutes to adjust to the story and just go with it.

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As a movie I really enjoyed ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’, though I didn’t feel that it was as strong a story as the other two. Running at 2hours and 22mins, it’s a long old movie, possibly a tiny bit too long. I know it’s the final movie in the trilogy and all the loose ends need to be tied together, but there was a lot of ‘staring into the distance’ that could probably have been avoided. A really great young cast and some pretty amazing fight scenes make this one to watch.

If you’ve seen the other two movies then seeing this is a must. Whether it will give you the closure you need, is another matter. If you haven’t seen the other two movies, then try and watch them before seeing this one, because you won’t know what the hell is going on otherwise.

Overall: 8/10

 

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