2018 | 142 minutes | Rated PG-13
There isn’t really that much to the Maze Runner movies other than (1) “Waaaah, everyone is so mean to us boys for no reason!” and (2) Go go go go go! That said, the series has grown on me over the years. The first Maze Runner did so well at the box office that subsequent installments saw their budgets ratchet up, and all that money—coupled with the retention of director Wes Ball for all three films, which is unheard of in the dystopian teen genre—has produced some slick, over-the-top, sci-fi fun. For sure, Death Cure reaches further than its grasp in a vain attempt to close the story on a meaningful note—the last 45 minutes resemble the “Dear Sister” Saturday Night Live skit where everyone keeps shooting each other and melodramatically dying—but who can really blame this gaggle of murder-teens for trying to pretend like all the murdering they did meant something?
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