The Death Cure: Movie Review

By Sarah Linthicum

Staff Writer

Maze Runner Trailer
Source: The Atlantic

The Death Cure, the last of the Maze Runner trilogy, stars Dylan O’Brien as Thomas, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, Ki Hong Lee as Minho, and Teresa as Kaya Scodelario. The Death Cure takes place in a futuristic, dystopian world where the Flare Virus has struck, and the nation has been overrun by famine, destruction, and the virus itself. Zombie-like creatures come to life as each citizen is infected by the virus, while there is still no cure. This action packed, thrilling, heart tugging movie is sure to have you on the edge of your seat from the very start of the opening scene, all the way through the credits.

The Death Cure opens as a train full of young teens, with one of their friends, Minho, on board, is being taken by W.C.K.D., a corrupt government organization, just after escaping the maze trials they were all faced with. Following successfully fighting off W.C.K.D soldiers and saving multiple train cars full of terrified children, Thomas and his friends are devastated upon realizing their rescue mission did not go as planned.

The captive passengers were en route to the Last City, and although other members of the crew warn Thomas of how dangerous it could be, he, Newt, Frypan, Brenda and Jorge embark on the treacherous journey to save their beloved friend, Minho. Teresa, after betraying her friends in the Scorch Trials, is working alongside the W.C.K.D. director to find and extract a cure for the Flare Virus. Thomas and his friends are in for a long and crazy ride with unpredictable challenges, gut wrenching losses, and the ultimate fight for survival.

The constant thrill and incredible action sequences make this movie so engaging, and impossible to turn away from. In the opening scene, Thomas and his friends are pictured leaping across train cars, battling soldiers, seizing a flying ship and using it to save hundreds. Not long after, Thomas, Newt, and Frypan are outnumbered by cranks (those infected by the virus) and must fight for their lives against these dangerous, ruthless, and soulless monsters. Upon arriving at the walls surrounding the Last City, Thomas and his friends find themselves surrounded amidst the chaos and rioting of those left outside the city walls, and more in danger of being infected by the virus.

Scenes later, the protestors filled with rage and resentment inflict more destruction and mayhem than that which is already taking place. Thomas and Teresa face their greatest enemy, Janson, the W.C.K.D assistant director, who would stop at nothing for the cure. Buildings crashing, fires, lives lost, intense fight sequences, each scene filled with more action than the one before. The elaborate and intelligent storyline building up to the final fight scene makes it so much more thrilling to watch, seeing those who have come together or those who have deceived the ones close to them all for their survival. 

The everlasting friendships formed throughout this series only continue to grow, and continue to prove their impact as the movie progresses. Thomas’ refusal to leave Minho defenseless in the hands of W.C.K.D. displays his bravery and devotion when it comes to protecting the people he cares about. He, Newt, Frypan and Minho survived the maze together, and it’s inspiring to see them risk their lives for each other knowing what’s at stake.

Friends made along the road who were once strangers, have put their lives on the line to help Thomas and the others. They are all so willing to throw themselves into the action to save their friends, and the thought of leaving anyone behind is unimaginable to them. 

The undying friendships, action packed scenes, unlikely allies, tragic loss, chaos, plot twists, destruction and suspension make this movie so worth the watch. Everything about this movie fits so well together, and the decisions made by each character individually somehow come full circle in the final few scenes, leaving no loose ends. The Death Cure is available on Hulu or Sling TV with a premium subscription or on Amazon Prime at $3.99 if you are interested in watching this thrilling adventure. 

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