The final instalment

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By 2018-02-11

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

The third and final instalment in the much awaited Maze Runner film series, with the tagline "Every maze has an end", released recently. Maze Runner: The Death Cure follows 2014's The Maze Runner and is the sequel to 2015's popular film, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, bringing the Maze Runner saga to an epic finale.

The action drenched, sci-fi dystopian film that was said to provide answers for all that has been happening in the series from day one in the maze, proved to be worth the wait. The film written by T.S. Nowlin is based on the popular novel with the same name, The Death Cure, by James Dashner. It was made with a Budget of 62 million and the film earned 182.6 million at the worldwide box office. Meanwhile, the film received mixed reviews with a rating of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, 51% on Metacritic, 7/10 on IMDb and 3/5 on Common Sense Media.

Once again the film stars Dylan O'Brien as Thomas, as he embarks on one last mission, backed by his group of friends who are escaped Gladers. The mission this time around focuses on the goal of saving their captured friend. To do this they have one option, and that is to break into the most guarded place, the WCKD controlled labyrinth, located in the legendary Last City which might just be the most dangerous and deadliest mission yet for the group.

The 142 minute, PG-13 rated film by director Wes Ball, made together with producers Wyck Godfrey, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Joe Hartwick, Jr, Marty Bowen and Lee Stollman, was made in collaboration with production companies Temple Hill Entertainment, Oddball Entertainment and Gotham Group.

The movie is a race against time, filled with action and fuelled with suspense, backed by friendship, a prominent relationship and a series of challenges, with the aim of finding a cure being the basis and core reason for all that has happened.
The film's key plot this time, being to enter a stronghold with a straight forward rescue mission as the conclusion for the series, supported by the cast in the film, make it entertaining with meaningful friendships, backed of course by good CGI.
With the world being cured always in the balance, the film, given the fact that it is 142 minutes long, feels dragged out at certain parts and clearly needed to have more compelling moments.

But it still managed to be worth the time, regardless that it is not a movie that is out of the ordinary. Then again, it is still better compared to the last movie but falls short compared to the first film in the saga.

This is a movie that delivers what was needed, supported by a cast we have all become accustomed to watching in the series.
But it does have disappointing moments with a few sudden tragedies that leave you feeling empty walking out of the cinema. Overall, this is a good ending to the series and is a must watch, if you have seen the two previous films.

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