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|Original title:||Maze Runner: The Death Cure|
|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Sci-Fi|
|Production country:||USA 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 142 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Thomas (Dylan O`Brien) and his friends first survived the Labyrinth and then the Fire Desert and escaped the claws of WCKD. But Thomas is not prepared to flee to a supposedly safe place with a group of survivors. For Minho (Ki Hong Lee) is still in the hands of WCKD - along with many other children and youth who are being abused by the organization for their research into a cure for the plague that has wiped out much of humanity or turned it into a kind of zombie. There is only one way to free Minho and put an end to WCKD: they must penetrate the last city, which is hermetically sealed off from the outside world - directly into the WCKD headquarters. But they also need the help of Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), who has joined the enemy…
With one year delay, "Maze Runner - The Chosen in the Death Zone", the finale of the trilogy based on the bestsellers by James Dashner, comes to the cinemas. Due to a serious accident on set, lead actor Dylan O'Brien was unable to continue shooting for several months. Of course, a forced break of several months means that you first have to wait until all participants in front of and behind the camera have completed other obligations before you can continue. But after the shooting could be finished successfully, fans can now finally learn how the story about the chosen ones will be resolved in the dystopian future.
The positive first: If already part 2 wasn't a clear repetition, but a quite successful further development of the story, then the finale goes again in another direction. Although there are some dramaturgical repetitions, overall the movie is much more action-packed and elaborately staged than its predecessors. The fact that, despite the difficulties and delays, "only" 60 million dollars were allegedly available as a budget cannot be seen in the explosive last act. The whole thing is much more exciting and faster than part 2, but has to struggle with similar problems on a dramaturgical level.
Not only that the dialogues are extremely clichéd, there are also some seemingly too constructed moments, which are almost completely nonsensical in an annoying way. Not to spoil too much, maybe just a small example: When in a wild chase, the course of which couldn't be predicted by even the most brilliant strategists, the enemy remains standing on the small spot where an ambush is waiting for him, then the viewer has to turn a blind eye to more than two of them in order to feel that it's just about credible. Unfortunately, there are several such moments during the course of the movie.
The resolution of the whole thing is okay, but on closer inspection it leaves a slightly pale aftertaste. Nevertheless: Even though there is a lot to criticize - which was already the case with the first two parts - "Maze Runner - The Chosen in the Death Zone" is a successful, quite spectacular and entertaining conclusion of the trilogy for fans. But there is also a satisfied one: Worth seeing!
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