Friday, January 26, 2018

Movie Review … Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The teenage action/romance book craze of the early ‘00’s sparked a litany of film adaptations.  The ‘Twilight’ ‘Harry Potter’ movies benefited from the enormous popularity of their literary counterparts.  Based on the James Dashner book trilogy, the ‘Maze Runner’ films have followed a similar path.  Whilst barely distinguishable from the rest, the series has had better performances and focus.  ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is the final chapter in the saga as it departs cinemas with lots of noise and angst rivalling any teenage dilemma.

Still trapped in a dystopian future where death stalks them at every corner, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends face a new challenge.  Leading his group, including Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), on a final mission, Thomas must re-enter the Last City.  A deadly labyrinth, the city holds the answers Thomas and everyone have been looking for.  Almost reaching the end of their quest the chances of making it out alive decrease as their strange world swiftly closes in around them.

‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is an occasionally interesting science-fiction yarn without being memorable.  Whilst the action sequences are spectacular and the acting is above average, there’s a definite familiarity about it all.  Moments rather than the whole film come alive with the script leaning towards predictability than offering genuine surprises.  ‘The Death Cure’ doesn’t particularly offer anything new although it neatly concludes the trilogy.

Perhaps the lack of innovation falls to the choice of director, Wes Ball, who filmed the previous entries. He shows little flair in spicing up the narrative and leaves the heavy lifting to his stars.  All do their best amidst the usual explosions and death-defying stunts.  But there’s never a sense of true danger or tension.  Much of this is due to the pacing with the story needing editing.  A long run-time doesn’t make for a better film even if the characters are fleshed out more than usual.

Book to screen adaptations come and go like a rate of knots.  ‘Maze Runner: The Death Curse’ isn’t the worst but nor is it the best. It falls somewhere in between, trapped in a creative purgatory with innovation taking a back seat.  It was fun enough while it lasted although one hopes the next series of books receive greater handling on their journey to the silver screen.

Movie Review Rating out of 10:  6

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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