Maze Runner The Death Cure Reviewed by Jon E Clist

The Premise
In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

The Review
The original Maze Runner film was brilliant. I think in general one of the core aspects to it being a great film was that it was set predominately in one place. This helped to build the tension as you watched them trying to find a way out of the maze they were imprisoned within. For the second outing we began to see a wider range of locations and situations for the core cast to face and overcome. Plus, we started to understand more of the story, characters and how it all fit together. I guess it is that mystery that makes such a good film. While I still enjoyed Maze Runner The Scorch Trials, it didn’t have the same impact as the first.

So the pressure was on for the final part of the trilogy. It certainly brought the intensity and brought it in a big way. From the opening sequence right through to the ending, The Death Cure doesn’t give up. Nor does it give you a moment’s respite to take a breath or loo break. There are plenty of action scenes and plenty of things for our heroes to overcome both physically and emotionally.

For the Maze Runner fans this has been an extended wait due to lead actor Dylan O'Brien injuring himself during filming.  He was rushed to the emergency room following a vehicular stunt gone awry. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “the actor was strapped into a harness atop a moving vehicle when a snafu pulled him off of the vehicle unexpectedly, after which point he slammed into a second vehicle. The collision sent the twenty-four-year-old actor to the hospital with a concussion, facial fracture, and lacerations”. While the original release date of the movie was February 17th, 2017, we are only just seeing thee release now. Of course, from my opinion it has been worth the wait and I certainly could not imagine this film without Dylan O’Brien in the central role of Thomas.

Each of the cast members feel right and well placed within the story and we are now seeing some strong bonding between the characters as their relationships have developed through triumph and adversity. Particularly the bond between the characters that came out of the glade together such as Newt, Thomas and Minho. There is this unspoken brotherhood within this story that helps to give motivation to elements of the storyline.

Add into this trilogy the wonderfully horridness that is Jansen (As brilliantly portrayed by Aiden Gillen) and you have a delightful balance between good and evil. Having earned his slimy stripes with his work on Game of Thrones, Gillen is perfect in the role of the villain who thinks h is doing good.

The Verdict
While predictable at times The Death Cure is a satisfying end to the trilogy that like the books is not all roses and chocolates but instead is a little dark and dirty.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 18th January 2018
Rating: TBC
Duration: 142 minutes 
Genre:  SciFi Thriller
Starring: Nathalie Emmanuel, Dylan O'Brien, Katherine McNamara
Director: Wes Ball (Maze Runner The Scorch Trials)

The Extras

Production resumed in February 2017.


Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Nathalie Emmanuel have both previously starred in the hit-series Game of Thrones (2011), portraying Jojen Reed and Missandei respectively. Aiden Gillan also portrayed Peter "Littlefinger" Baelish.