Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario
Director: Wes Ball
Runtime: 2 hours, 21 minutes
Based on the novel by James Dashner
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller | Novel Based | 2018
I remember reading the Maze Runner and wanting more after the first book, but at that point the second book wasn’t released yet and eventually I forgot all about it thanks to college courses. It wasn’t until I heard they were making it into a movie that I went back and read the last two books in the trilogy. I really enjoyed reading those books and I also enjoy the movies that were adapted from them.
The first movie, The Maze Runner, kept pretty closely to the book. With only a few changes (most that I can see why they’d omit) I enjoyed the film. The second movie, The Scorch Trials, does not follow the book hardly at all. I’m going to talk about the differences assuming that you’ve seen both of these films before I start on The Death Cure.
In the books, Thomas and the subjects finally learn why they were in the maze. But their challenges aren’t over. They are forced to go through another set of trials to help WCKD in deciding their next course of action. In the film, they escape and are later captured again. I for one, don’t think this makes sense in the film which is why I wasn’t too happy. The book is about finding a cure for the disease that’s wiping out the planet. I don’t know. I just wish they would have focused more on that.
As for Death Cure, they really do focus on getting a cure for the Flare. And though this film has absolutely no similarities to the book, I enjoyed it much better. (okay there were a couple things, like people that help Thomas and the people that die). This film was literally non stop action and the tension was always there. My friend and I were on the edge of our seats the entire time.
The ending was a bit different, but because of the few things they omitted in the first movie, it just wasn’t plausible to end it that way. And honestly, I liked the way this one ends much better. So to sum it up, the first and last movies are great in this trilogy. The middle one was okay and to me just kind of derailed the whole plot. But it still works with the plot changes and I really did enjoy this film. I wonder if they’ll make the prequel books into movies too.
I’d see that. A “loved it” for this movie. If you like films that are non stop action then it’s for you. But make sure you watch the first two movies, because I bet you’d be super confused. (5/5).
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