Even though The Death Cure comes three years after The Scorch Trials, we don’t get a short who’s who or a ‘what happened previously’ at the beginning of the movie. Instead, you are left to your own devices while the movie kicks off in high gear with a train heist that seems to be lifted straight out of Fast Five as Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends are on a mission to free their captured friend Minho (Ki Hong Lee) from the claws of WCKD. After that they have to go through the Flare-zombie infested wasteland and into the Last City to free a bunch of other people.
The first Maze Runner was a surprisingly good movie with a story that was stripped to the bones. Dude wakes up with amnesia and has to find his way out of a maze without being mauled by the monsters in it. The Scorch Trials was fun enough too as it raced on with plenty of action. The Death Cure however is not quite as entertaining or memorable.
At the very least Maze Runner doesn’t simply fade out like Divergent. Sure, director Wes Ball manages yet again to make things look flashy and lets everything move along at a swift pace, but did it really have to dragged out like this? Every time you think it’s over… nope, they’re off again. I mean, I get it. This is the last movie in the trilogy and you want all the different storylines all nice and tied up. But still… 140 minutes is just too much maze running for me.