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Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a Maze of Mediocrity

1.5 out of 4 stars

Maze Runner: The Death Cure comes four years after the release of the initial film in the franchise. The Maze Runner opened in September of 2014, during the height of the young-adult (YA) craze, rivaling The Giver and Divergent.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Dylan O’Brien and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The sequel (Scorch Trials) hit theaters promptly a year later, but unlike the first movie, it was met with harsh criticism. Because of the film missing the mark with critics and movie-goers, the third and final installment was set to release in February of 2017.

However, the star of the franchise, Dylan O’Brien, was seriously injured during a stunt after only three days of filming. The production was shut down, and there were serious doubts that The Death Cure would ever be finished. Luckily, O’Brien was able not only to overcome his injury but also managed to complete the film.


Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I’m quite sad to say that Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, was nowhere near as fun as the first film. After seeing countless young-adult novels being adapted, I was quickly growing tired of the subgenre. All of them fell short to The Hunger Games, but some were nearly unwatchable. I remember I’d just watched The Giver, and I thought that was the end of the YA phenomenon. But I was wrong. I went into The Maze Runner and had a great time. I thought it was fun, exciting, and fresh. So, like many people, I was looking forward to the sequel—unfortunately I was disappointed.

Dylan O' Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Dylan O’ Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials follows the story of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the other Gladers who recently escaped the Maze. They are brought to a secret facility, where they discover there weren’t in the only maze, as other survivors from other mazes were brought there as well. However, it doesn’t take long for Thomas to discover this place might not be the haven it claims to be. So, the Gladers and Thomas must escape and see what is really out there.


The Maze Runner

It has only been about five years since James Dashner wrote the novel “The Maze Runner.” The 2009 novel told the story of a slew of boys trying to escape a deadly maze. Now, director Wes Ball, has adapted this dystopian thriller for the big screen under the same name.

Dylan O'Brien in "The Maze Runner"

Dylan O’Brien in “The Maze Runner”

The movie is about a boy named Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who wakes up, without his memory, in the middle of giant maze, an area called The Glade. He is greeted by a community of boys and soon learns they all have no clue why they are there. The only way out is through an ever-changing maze and Thomas takes it upon himself to find a way home.