“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” will keep you on the edge of your seat

Courtesy of Empire Cinemas

Courtesy of Empire Cinemas

By Riley Murphy

Movie sagas often have a hard time competing with the movie that came before them.  A prime example is the “Fast and Furious” movies, but “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” was able to do this with ease. From guns, to fast car chases, to disease infected zombies coming from every corner, “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” kept viewers on the edge of their seats as soon as the theater started getting dark.

With the movie opening up with a fast car chase and lots of bullets, I already knew I was going to enjoy the movie. With the last movie, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” leaving off with Thomas’s (played by Dylan O’Brien) friend Mino (played by Ki Hong Lee) being taken by WICKD and Teresa (played by Kaya Scodelario) betraying her friends, fans were counting down the days until the next movie came out.

“Death Cure” then picked up with Thomas and his friends going to find Mino and save him from whatever cruel acts of torture WICKD put him under, despite what Teresa was trying to tell them about WICKD’s motives.

In the first Maze Runner movie, there was a lot of confusion as to what the motives of WICKD were. However, in the “The Death Cure,” you could actually see what they were trying to do and you started to understand as to why they were taking such actions. This I believe is the most appealing quality of the movie.

Often, with fast-paced movies, you’re left with questions like ‘what just happened?’, ‘who are the bad guys?’, ‘why is there a bus hanging from a giant crane with about a hundred children in it?’ But “The Death Cure” leaves you wanting more instead of wanting to pop an Advil.

On a side note, I felt like the plot never got a true chance to thicken up, meaning that some of the actions seemed spur of the moment.  An example of this is when Thomas decides to leave to get Mino by himself without telling anybody. He had a chance to wait to see what would happen, but instead he went on his own and got attacked by a zombie. This is where a lot of the jump scares came from, nearly making me wet my pants.

As the movie progresses, the chaos becomes more constant. With Thomas and his friends going to get Mino at WICKD headquarters, a rebellion rises up with grotesque characters.  This adds even more troubles to the situation because in the midst of them trying to find a cure for this infection that is now airborne, they have an armed unionization at their midst, bombing the headquarters.

Even though the physical violence seems to be the center of the movie, it also does an excellent job of creating a web of betrayals. From Teresa not sure to whether or not she’s making the best decisions when helping WICKD, to an old character appearing to be alive, the tension is so thick that you would need an electric saw to cut through it.

On the subject of Teresa, you might be wondering what ever happened to the love interest between her and Thomas. Well I won’t spoil anything for you, but there is a pretty hot scene between the two of them and I mean that literally because the event takes place on top of a burning building.

However, the movie also seems to be a series of go’s and no’s and by that I mean a character says ‘go on without me’ and the other character says ‘no, not without you.’ It all just seems to get a little repetitive after the first 20 minutes.

Overall, if you’re looking for a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as make you become invested in the Maze Runner fandom, then buy your tickets now for “Maze Runner: The Death Cure.”

Here’s the trailer: