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After seeing how much different The Scorch Trials was compared to the book, I decided I would avoid comparisons for this review and just go with it. I'm glad I decided to do so because the two are so completely different that it would take a newspaper to list all the changes. Instead, I will focus on the film itself and how the final chapter of The Maze Runner cinematic saga impacted me.
The film follows Thomas and Newt who have now teamed up with Jorge and Brenda in order to save Minho and as many kidnapped kids as possible. Teresa, now working with the crooked organization WCKD, discovers something remarkable about Thomas.
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First of all, let me just say that this was a fantastic epic finale to the movie trilogy. However, there were times that I felt were a bit too familiar. For instance, during the opening train sequence, I caught myself thinking "Is this Fast Five or Maze Runner?" So much from these few moments felt like were lifted straight from the Fast & Furious franchise. Once that was over, the film improved and kept getting better with each step.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster took the screen as the best performer, pouring his heart out for the world to see. This was by far the best of his work that I've seen and I hope he taps into this energy again the next time we see him. Dylan O'Brien impresses once again with his vigorous tenacity. Kaya Scodelario more or less is the same as she always is until the final few moments. Last but not least is Ki Hong Lee, one who was rather unimpressive the last two entries but gave one incredible performance this time around.
The writing has much improved from the last film, as has the directing and score composition. As glad as I am that Dylan O'Brien recovered from his injuries, it may have been a good thing the film was delayed as long as it was. That gave the crew extra time to edit and perfect the film to what they wanted. I think that for the most part, audiences will be supremely satisfied and may even shed a few tears.
In conclusion, I have high praise for The Death Cure and am almost sad to see the Maze Runner series come to a close. But, you know what they say: "Stop while you're ahead." I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.
© 2018 Nathan Jasper