By Ryan Jordan, Staff Writer —
Maze Runner: The Death Cure does not disguise the fact that it is an action thriller; the opening scene introduces the audience to a train heist involving the rescue of prisoners and the pacing does not really slow down much from there.
Although one should probably be familiar with the plot of the previous movies in the series, as The Death Cure is the third installment, there is enough context to at least understand some of the back story and still enjoy the movie.
There is an underlying romance story between the characters Thomas and Teresa who belong to opposing factions. One faction is elitist; Teresa works for a company that is experimenting on test subjects to extract a cure for a deadly virus. The other faction, plagued with the virus, lives in poverty and wishes to overthrow the elitist faction but cannot invade the city. Thomas wants to find a way into the city to rescue one of his friends who is a test subject.
Unfortunately, the movie quickly devolves into the cliché zombie movie; the deadly virus slowly turns people into mindless, flesh-eating creatures. This is a very tired plot that has been done countless times since the original zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead, I am Legend, World War Z, Resident Evil and the list goes on and on.
There are, however, some redeeming qualities; the movie develops its characters quite well, to the point that some tears might be shed at a death of a main character. Similarly, the antagonist is so well developed that the viewer wishes he would just die already.
Another redeeming quality of The Death Cure is that the special effects are not overdone. Some modern action movies sacrifice character development and plot for pure action and special effects, often with headache-inducing camera movements; The Death Cure does not do this.
Overall, if given the option to watch The Death Cure again on Netflix, I would do so if I could not find anything better. However, I would not purchase another movie ticket to go see it, because I resent the use of a cliché zombie story. However, I would recommend it to anyone who either follows the series or enjoys a disposable action flick.