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Maze Runner - The Death Cure

Maze Runner - The Death Cure
Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel,Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, and some thematic elements.
Reviewed by: Matt  
Release date: January 26, 2018 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the third film in the Maze Runner franchise and as the name implies is about finding the cure to the zombie-like disease known as "flare".  However, it really isn't about that.  The film is instead about Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) going way out of his way to find and rescue his friend Minho (Ki Hong Lee) who was taken at the end of the previous film.  The film, just like all the others before it, throws you right into the action without much explanation and just attempts to run from there. 

There's a common theme surrounding all these films and that is that they insist that the corporation "WCKD" (not so subtle) is the "bad guy" of the film series.  However as I watched these films I couldn't help but think that they really weren't and it was our main protagonists that really are in fact the bad guys in the film.  But the film does its best to insist that this isn't the case.  As I watched this I couldn't help but thinking of an old Star Trek quote "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" and that one line sort of negates everything in my mind that could have me side with our protagonist (I understand they are different franchises but it's literally the only thing I could think of while watching this film.)

But aside from an annoying plot the characters were just as annoying.  Nobody acted like the role they were supposedly playing, except Janson (Aidan Gillen), who was the best part of the film.  The good guys acted like bad guys and the bad guys acted like good guys.  It's like the film was trying to be intelligent but fell flat on its face every possible chance it could get.

In the end, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a painfully annoying film to watch.  The plot was convoluted and filled with enough plot holes that could sink the mightiest of ships.  The characters were terrible and apart from 1 or 2 interesting scenes the film was just a slog.  I wouldn't recommend seeing this film unless you have been a die hard fan of this franchise, even then I wouldn't recommend it.

Oh and one last little thing, the WCKD soldiers had aim that would make a stormtrooper feel ashamed.  Why even give them guns at that point if you can't hit them from distance but from that same distance our heroes can shoot them with inferior weapons.  A rant could be made on this but I will not.

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