Maze Runner: The Death Cure Runs Out of Steam Quickly

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Runs Out of Steam Quickly”

The action-adventure franchise based on James Dashner's post-apocalyptic young-adult novels enjoyed a nice groove after the first two movies, even surpassing the hit "Hunger Games" in quality. Teen lit will be back, but "The Death Cure" is lost in a maze of its own design.

The trilogy-capping film was delayed nearly a year from its planned release after O'Brien suffered an injury on set while performing a stunt.

"The Death Cure", which seems like a last gasp in more ways than one.

This one's an overlong affair that other books-to-movies franchises probably would have tried to stretch into two projects.

While doing the press rounds for the movie directed by Wes Ball (who was also on helming duty on the previous two films, The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) and penned by T.S. Nowlin (who, yeah, also wrote the first two films), O'Brien, Scodelario, Brodie-Sangster and Darden sat down with SYFY WIRE to chat about the final Maze Runner film.

That mission involves them attempting to break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze they have ever faced. Where there's a train vehicle full of precious plague-immune human cargo waiting to be rescued, an explosive action set piece involving helicopters, white sparks, and grappling hooks must follow. The Death Cure, which also stars Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, and Walton Goggins, has received mixed to negative reviews from critics and now sits at a 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet the tighter storytelling of those chapters ultimately comes undone in Death Cure with its glut of characters and various plot threads. But Aidan Gillen oozes punchable antagonism as Ava's No. 2 Janson, and Walton Goggins shows up as a noseless, scarred underworld figure with whom you want to immediately spend the rest of the movie.

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