At least it’s over: Rashid Irani reviews Maze Runner - The Death Cure
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At least it’s over: Rashid Irani reviews Maze Runner - The Death Cure

The final chapter in the trilogy is poorly written, predictable, devoid of suspense.

movie reviews Updated: Feb 01, 2018 17:10 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Maze Runner,The Death Cure,Young Adult
This time around, the bunch of youngsters is trying to outrun a corporation that wants to use them as guinea pigs in a scientific experiment.
  • Direction: Wes Ball
  • Actors: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario
  • Rating: 1.5 / 5

The third and hopefully last installment in a series based on the trilogy of young adult novels, …The Death Cure plunges a close-knit group of teenagers into the thick of action from the get-go.

There’s a train-chase sequence straight out of a James Bond adventure, a fascistic corporation trying to use the rebel heroes as guinea pigs in a scientific experiment, and a pandemic that threatens the human race.

Director Wes Ball, who also helmed the first two chapters, once again focuses on bombastic action at the expense of character development.

Under the circumstances, the actors — including the ever-dependable Patricia Clarkson, reprising her role of an idealistic scientist — have little to do but look fretful.

The long-drawn-out finale with its eye-wearying camerawork (in 3D, no less) and choppy editing just further muddles an already sloppy narrative. Thankfully, there’s no threat of another edition anytime soon.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 17:10 IST