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MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (2018) – My rating 8.7/10

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a dystopian science fiction action film directed by Wes Ball and written by T.S. Nowlin, based on the novel, The Death Cure written by James Dashner. It is the sequel to the 2015 film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and the third and final installment in the Maze Runner film series.  In my opinion this final sequel was the best of the trilogy and was easiest to follow.  I was sort of tired of trilogies but after seeing Maze Runner: The Death Cure, I am newly motivated.

— some SPOILERS BELOW — 

The film opens with Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), and Frypan (Dexter Darden) who are the last of the free “Gladers” and who are immune to the Flare virus that has ravaged the world’s population. They and The Right Arm resistance conduct a rescue operation where they retrieve other Immunes from a train, owned by WCKD, an organization responsible for capturing and experimenting on immune children. They thought they were recusing Minho (Ki Hong Lee) as well as the other children but their remaining Glader friend, whom WCKD had captured, was not on the train, which is headed to “The Last City”, WCKD’s base of operations.

Against the orders of Vince (Barry Pepper), leader of The Right Arm, the three leave their camp to rescue Minho, who is being tortured by WCKD in hopes of developing a cure for the virus. Heading for the Last City, the group is attacked by Cranks, humans infected with the Flare. However, they are saved by Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) and Brenda (Rosa Salazar), who join them. The group makes it to the wall of the Last City, which protects those within the city walls from Cranks. Outside the wall, people are rallying in protest to be let into the city. When WCKD opens fire at the protesters, the group is captured by a contingent of masked men and taken to a hideout. Gally (Will Poulter), who survived Minho’s attack during The Scorch Trials, is among the masked men. Gally takes them to see Lawrence (Walton Goggins), a rebellion leader for those outside the walls, who helps them enter the Last City through a secret entrance. Gally leads Thomas and Newt through to the city where they spot Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Vince’s former girlfriend.   Gally informs Thomas that he can get them into WCKD headquarters.

I really enjoyed this version of Maze Runner.  Their adventure into WCKD’s city and who and what they encounter was exciting.  The plot to stop WCKD once and for all definitely thickens and leads to many exciting twist.  The acting was brilliant and the special effects were terrific.  Some scenes were so spectacular, I was on the edge of my seat.  I recommend you see this final sequel, as it makes the entire series worth while.  Maze Runner: The Death Cure is now on DVD and Blu-Ray — Check it out!

 

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS (2015) – My rating: 8.5/10

MazeRunner_ScorchTrialsI didn’t expect too much from this sequel however, I was pleasantly surprised. Writer Jim Dashner has a fantastic imagination and is a great story teller. It can’t be easy to keep an audience entertained these days. Between the special effects, plots, interest and relevance, critics can be hard on a film. In this second sequel, I loved the additional cast and the continual story. We were not spared any emotions and all ends were neatly tied.
We find the Maze crew now outside the maze ready to find out the truth about the world as they knew it.  Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the remaining crew; Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa Agnes (Kaya Scodelario), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alexander Flores) – are taken to a facility run by Mr. Janson (Aidan Gillen). There he explains the facility is a safe haven, protecting them from WCKD, the Flare virus and the Cranks, and provides them clothes, food, and sanitation, where there are other survivors from many other mazes present. It doesn’t take long before Thomas becomes curious about their activities and manages to find out what is really happening at the facility. With help from Aris Jones (Jacob Lofland), the first maze survivor to end up in the facility, they learn the WCKD’s leader, Ava, is still alive and that Mr. Janson is working for WCKD and experiments are being conducted on the Immunes and that WCKD is looking for “The Right Arm”, a resistance group located at the mountains. The group, including Aris, escapes the facility, as Janson orders his WCKD army to track them down, where they find themselves in the deserted outside world known as “The Scorch”.

The Journey  becomes full of surprise as Thomas and the crew encounter all the elements they were warned about, including the Crank people who are victims of the Flare virus.  Scorch Trials has lots of content, characters, twist and stories to keep you interested.  Since Maze Runner is a trilogy, we can look forward to the third installment of this series in 2016 — I for one can’t wait!

THE MAZE RUNNER (2014) – My rating: 8.5/10

TheMazeRunnerThe Maze Runner is based on a 2009 best selling Science Fiction book by James Dashner .  The movie directed by Wes Ball, is well done.  The Maze Runner seems like it’s going to be the same old story but it is truly different.  It also seems to be a combination of Hunger Games, Divergent and The Giver, where someone is controlling and manipulating the youth.  As a result, lives are paying for that manipulation.  Thomas played by Dylan O’Brian, wakes up inside a rusty elevator called “The Box”, which is centered in a semi quasi hostile environment. Thomas has no memory of his name or where he came from, he only knows that he is deposited in an outdoor arena/forest surrounded by a maze.  There are many other boys who made the trip long before Thomas.  They must all rely on one another to survive their circumstances and find a way to escape.  Food and other supplies are sent in the same way new recruits are, The Box.  The forever present, huge and powerful maze must be deal with.  Runners are sent into the maze every day looking for a way to escape, where alien looking monsters, called Grievers, are ready to hunt and kill them instantly.  They must return from the maze before night fall, as no one has ever survived a night in the maze.  There is also jealousy and other problems among the boys.  As if that is not enough, they must be careful not to get stung by these Grievers or they will die a slow death, as their bite contains a virus that turns you into a ranting lunatic, then ultimately, death.  The one thing we know is someone is controlling all of this, but why?  Many surprises are revealed and the ending all but announces a sequel for which I can’t wait to see.  The Maze Runner is worth a ticket and your time to see it.  I was thoroughly entertained and was also delighted that The Maze Runner was not predictable.  Check this one out.