Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancario Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Walton Goggins, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Jesus are you still reading this list? Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson. Written by T.S. Nowlin, based on the book by James Dashner. Directed by Wes Ball.

Hooray, it’s time for The Death Cure the third part of the Maze Runner trilogy, the last remaining YF franchise at the cinema. Remember the YF genre? It was spawned by the success of The Hunger Games, there were loads of them! In case you’ve forgotten, this is the one set in a post apocalyptic world where kids are hunted down and killed to harvest their genes, or something to create a vaccine for a virus decimating the world. Rather than the one set in the post apocalyptic world where kids are hunted for fun, or the one where kids are segregated and hunted down if they’re different, or the one where…

Luckily it looks as if we’ve already reached the end of this particular cycle and can bid a fond farewell to the Maze Runner franchise which tried oh so hard to be The Hunger Games, and although it failed at least it can can rest assured it was a diabolically shit as Dullvergence series.

Anyway, this one has a very misleading title since there’s no maze, no running and no cure for death either. Although there are lots of battles, lots of pouting teenagers and lots of death as several of the long serving cast members bite the bullet, old friends are reunited and basically more of the same happens. Plus in this particular world it’s okay for teenagers to kill with guns and knives.

So, a group of kids (mid 20s) decide to break into the last city, which is walled, so they can do something important. The baddies have one of them and is torturing him to get the cure for death or something. So Dylan leads his chums on one last mission and along the way meet up with people and stuff happens. The ending is staggering in its stupidity. The kids, the survivors of the city’s experiments all escape onboard a ship that’s been salvaged. In it they all travel off to a desert island to live happily ever after.

The thing is, the only thing that went through my mind watching these millennials having a beach party, playing guitar and singing, was ‘they’re all going to die.’ Who the hell is going to do the farming, do the hunting, gather water, or just look after their medical issues? And don’t even get me started on toilet amenities.

While it was on, this was okay, the battle scenes inside the city were well shot and action was entertaining, but frankly by the end of it I had no real idea who was who, what was what, or why anyone was doing what they were doing.

If you’ve seen the last two, I suppose you might as well go and see this one just so you can say you’ve finished off the set. It’s certainly not the worst thing you’ll see all year. 


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