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MOVIE REVIEW-Maze Runner: The Death Cure Offers Great Action, Great Acting and… That’s It

VVNG- I was totally hooked from the first, Mad Max-style, sequence of the film. The visuals were great, the action was loud and frenetic, the heroes were all convincing, and then… as the movie progressed, things that were completely unrealistic and frustrating started to pop out of the screen. Heavily armed soldiers with long-range weapons would stop shooting at the heroes as soon as they were more than 20 feet away. A futuristic-looking plane could not catch up to an old, beat up truck. A safety glass is able to withstand gunshots but cracks when the protagonist throws something at it. These and MANY other things (see spoiler list below) that surprisingly made it on-screen, completely got in the way of letting me enjoy this flick to the fullest. With such a great cast and a post-apocalyptic story that could have been phenomenal, it is a shame that this labyrinth of a movie is full of plot-holes, predictable outcomes, nonsensical decisions, and tons of paths in the plot that lead nowhere.

I give Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the “Checky Stamp of Disappointment!” This movie should have been called Maze Runner: The Rescue. The whole motivation for the main characters is to save one of their friends. As they try to complete this mission, they happen to fall into other situations, completely by chance. The actual death cure turns out to be something super simple and predictable. If they would have just done one thing (no spoilers) from the beginning of the first movie, instead of building a super futuristic maze and kidnapping children to torture them, EVERYTHING could have been avoided.

The two things that were done very well, were the action scenes and the acting. Kudos to the special effects team (okay, three things) for making the action scenes and everything else look very realistic, and to the cast for doing a great job, fully committing to their characters. Unfortunately, these things are completely overshadowed by the aforementioned reasons.

If you are a fan of this franchise or have read the books, you will most likely watch this movie regardless of what I say, and that is just dandy, I really hope you enjoy it. However, If you are neither of the above, I don’t really think I can tell you that you are going to care very much about this flick, but if you do end up watching it,  I recommend you leave the part of your brain that over analyzes everything, at the start of this maze. That way you can enjoy this movie more than I did.  Maybe you won’t be left asking yourself so many questions when the movie reaches its disappointing end.

So, what did you think of Maze Runner: The Death Cure? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.

Official Synopsis: Thomas leads some 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 answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

Spoiler-Heavy List of Unrealistic Things I noticed:

 

  • Bad guys stopped shooting at the good guys when the train separated.
  • The flying ship could not shoot the truck with its many missiles and guns. It shot at it a couple of times and then gave up.
  • The ship they stole didn’t have some sort of tracking system?
  • Did the bad guys only have one ship that could track them?
  • Thomas had a chip on the back of the neck that drones could detect. Why was he not found sooner?
  • Did all of the bad guys fail their target practice class? They had THE worst aim.
  • The people that were living in ruins wanted to take over the city so they could have a better life. And what’s the first thing they do once they get into the city?… Blow everything up and turn it into ruins.
  • The Death Cure turns out to be Thomas’ blood. Wouldn’t that be the first thing the evil corporation takes a sample of? Why build a maze and go to all the trouble they went through without first doing the easiest thing?
  • Newt’s death could have been avoided. They should have tied him up before he turned or he should have waited in the vault to get the antidote right away. I know he was trying to help Thomas but, boy, you sick!
  • Teresa’s death could have also been avoided, she was super close to the dang ship. She could have jumped or they could have thrown her a rope or something.

 

I am pretty sure there are more things, but those are the ones I remember right now. Can you think of any?

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Ezequiel

Ezequiel T (a.k.a., El Checky) is a Translator with a lifelong passion for films. He has been reviewing movies for years and has been watching, discussing and sometimes even making them for as long as he can remember. When reviewing them, he has a simple way of recommending a good movie by giving it The “Checky™ Seal Of Approval!” which is due to his childhood nickname. He currently lives in Victorville, CA with his wife of 12 years, Joanna.
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