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Maze Runner: The Death Cure

also known as “Maze Runner 3,” “Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure,” “Maze Runner III,” “Maze Runner III: The Death Cure,” “Maze Runner: La Cura Mortal,” See more »
MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language, and some thematic elements.

Reviewed by: Charity Bishop

Moral Rating: Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: • Young Adults • Adults
Genre: Sci-Fi Action Adventure Thriller Adaptation Sequel 3D IMAX
Length: 2 hr. 22 min.
Year of Release: 2018
USA Release: January 26, 2018 (wide—3,800+ theaters)
DVD: April 24, 2018
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Featuring Dylan O'Brien … Thomas—main protagonist
Barry Pepper … Vince—leader of The Right Arm resistance
Walton GogginsLawrence—Vince’s assistant
Aidan Gillen … Janson (Rat Man)—Assistant Director of WCKD and main antagonist
Patricia ClarksonAva Paige—the Chancellor of WCKD
Giancarlo EspositoJorge
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Director Wes Ball — “The Maze Runner” (2014), “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” (2015)
Producer Wyck Godfrey
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Patrick B. O'Brien
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Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Trademark logo.
20th Century Studios
, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company

“Every maze has an end”

Prequels: “The Maze Runner” (2014) and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” (2015)

Action-packed from start to finish, the finale in “The Maze Runner” series explores themes of loss, heroism, and sacrifice.

Since a lethal virus that zombifies people swept through Earth, all hope for humanity’s survival lies in the “immunes,” a generation of kids resistant to the disease. Since their escape from the maze, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) has become the unofficial leader of the small band of refugees, and hatches a brilliant but dangerous plan to rescue their friend Minho (Ki Hong Lee) from the clutches of the villainous Janson (Aidan Gillen). But when his plan takes an unexpected turn, Thomas must tack on an even bigger challenge: an assault on the primary lab, inside a walled city, and flooded with guards.

His former love interest, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), now works inside the lab, attempting to find a cure, although her superior, Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) loses hope as the virus spreads. When Thomas, Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), and Frypan (Dexster Darden) arrive outside the city, they stumble upon an old adversary who believes he can get them into the city… but can they trust him and rescue their friends, or will Janson find them?

“The Maze Runner” is either your cup of dystopian tea or it isn’t, but for me, each installment has grown stronger in action scenes, character dynamics, emotional impact, and plot twists. I felt “meh” at the first film, but found this one tremendous fun. It has many unique and spectacular scenes (one involves a bus and a crane, and the final twenty minutes are pure adrenaline-and-emotion-packed action) with never a dull moment; it deviated from the source material a long time ago, but held my interest all the way through its two-and-a-half hour run.

This time we go deeper into the motives of the villains, which helps flesh them out across the franchise, but the story raises interesting questions for the audience to speculate on—in survival, scientific experimentation, the willingness to sacrifice a few for the many, and forgiveness. As with most dystopian series, it provides a bleak and godless vision of the future but brings even small acts of heroism to the forefront. Thomas is a solid, admirable hero, who “leaves no one behind,” even when a more “logical” Brenda (Rosa Salazar) tells him he should. He fights for his friends to the last and lays down his life for them. His leadership and compassion set a moral standard that inspires others to similar acts of greatness, and contrast with the self-preserving Janson. The film allows us to understand the motives behind the abuses of the children, but never condones it.

In this bleak world, violence often explodes across the screen, in scenes of mass gunfire and destruction; young adult characters load up on ammo and mow down dozens of guards and zombies alike; Janson orders his guards to open fire on a crowd, picking people off in a hailstorm of bullets; a fight turns brutal as two men beat one another half-senseless, throw each other through walls, and shoot each other; several people are shot at close range; a man throws a woman across the room and smashed her unconscious by rebounding her head off a desk. Ravenous, half-decomposed (missing limbs, nose-less, their faces deformed and eyes white) zombies attack people; several of them fall upon a man and eat him alive (we hear him screaming). Massive explosions decimate a city and implode buildings, causing fires to engulf people.

S-words fly, along with two uses of God’s name alongside a profanity and several abuses of Jesus’ name.

From a Christian perspective, this franchise is one of the less problematic young adult film trilogies, because it celebrates heroism while condemning cowardice, its heroes are all about self-sacrifice and redemption, and it avoids too much skin and has no implications of premarital sex, but its grotesque imagery, brutality, harrowing themes of abuse in the name of science (using children as ‘blood’ factories) and salty language are not advised for younger audiences.

  • Violence: Heavy to Very Heavy
  • Profane language: Heavy—including “J*sus” and “G*d-d*mn,” “holy sh*t,” “h*ll” (10)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Moderate to Heavy—s-words (couple dozen), a**hole, a** (2), “d*ck,” “tw*t,” “son of a b*tch,” “squirrely b*stard,” “p*ssed,” “bloody,” plus a vulgar finger gesture
  • Nudity: None
  • Sex: Minor—a boy and girl kiss

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. —Philippians 4:8

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—I agree with the reviewer that this franchise for teens or young adults, is a good one. This film is devoid of suggestive and offensive content. So many films for the demographic are heavy in sexual content—this film is not. Yes, there is violence and bloodshed. There are also curse words, but, it seemed to me, less than many films. There is a scene where the zombies attack a person. Instead of blood splatter, they use quick movements of the camera and actors to show the frenzy but I was impressed over how they did not resort to turning it into a bloody, gory scene.

I found this film in the franchise to be a really good one. I enjoyed the first one, got a bit lost in the second one, and was engrossed in this, the third film. Thomas shows absolute loyalty to his friends, putting himself in harms way over and over to rescue those he cares about.

Of course there are plot flaws, but it’s entertainment, you overlook them. It was well made, very action packed and a better choice for teens than many movies I’ve seen… or refrained from seeing. I give it an average rating, but hesitantly. As the reviewer states, there is plenty of violence and there are some curse words. But, I think it is average for the style of film is it and less offensive than many out there. But take heed to the review because each person has different requirements as to what they accept in a film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Andrea, age 45 (USA)

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