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Maze Runner The Death Cure Review (2018) | Finding Minho and The Cure

Surprise! Surprise! In a world where book franchises aren’t doing so great, stands out Maze Runner with a steady record. Maze Runner The Death Cure is as brilliant as its prequels, continuously thriving on an amazing storyline that has been written by James Dashner. The good thing about it is that the franchise keeps rolling up unnerving moments for its protagonist Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and seems to be putting him at strange crises.

I am afraid the immense downside of this part, in particular, is its tragic plot that hides not just one but two big moments in its womb. It was an unnecessary stretch the end of which we could have used in a separate part itself. But Dashner chose to compile all of the heart-rending moments he had in his head in a single novel.

Direction and Writing of Maze Runner 3

Wes Ball is really getting there with his direction, creating some amazing scenes, experimenting with his frames. You can literally sense how he has grown as a director. The story of Maze Runner The Death Cure kind of feels complete in itself, but you know it’s open-ended given what Dashner has already accomplished with the books.

Whilst Maze Runner The Death Cure movie remains as action-packed as its prequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, it somehow turns out to be better than it. There are plenty of enjoyable moments in it that make you appreciate the filmmaking. Dylan has been downright outstanding as Thomas once again. He looks intensely invested in his character.

All the supporting actors are dead serious about their bits too with Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) getting a lot of focus. The best thing about the flick is that it milks on in the tension between Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and Thomas. The villainy that Jansen (Aidan Gillen) brings in to the table, however, supersedes everything. He just reminds you of how badass he was in Game of Thrones. He makes you realize why he is such a good actor.

Maze Runner The Death Cure Plot (Spoilers)

The plot is basically a mission to extract Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and his friends, trying to save them from WCKD‘s captivity as we had seen blooming from its immediate prequel. Unfortunately, it is a wild-goose chase for Thomas as Minho is held captive by WCKD as they are trying to use him (since he is a Glader immune from the virus) for a cure.

Unable to find Minho, Thomas risks his life as Newt and Frypan (Dexter Darden) accompany him alongside. They are saved by Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) and Brenda(Rosa Salazar) as they head towards the Last City where WCKD’s headquarters are located.

Three years we spent behind those walls, trying to break out. And now you want us to break back in.

The Last City in Maze Runner The Death Cure

The city awaits with raging guns as they discover it is impossible to get inside. There are sentinels opening fire every now and then to disperse the crowd. Some masked men capture the group identifying Thomas. It is later revealed that it was Gally (Will Poulter) who had refused to die in the prequels.

Enter Lawrence (Walton Goggins) the Voldemort of Maze Runner franchise. The difference here is, we can say his name, and he is not a bad guy. He is the rebellion leader of all those who have been denied entry into the WCKD’s city. With his permission, they are allowed a covert entry into the city. Despite their differences, Thomas works together with Gally who knows the way in, as he accompanies them on a deadly mission to save Minho.

The mission remains the same, however, it passes through Teresa now as Gally suggests them to capture her since she has top clearance. Little does anyone know, that it is hard for Thomas to stay around Teresa and not have feelings for her. There is this intense emotional tension that’s tearing him apart, and you can sense why and how Thomas is in a constant churning machine of pain.

Do you regret it? What you did to us?

Teresa in Maze Runner The Death Cure

Teresa as a Bait

Using Teresa to get inside, Thomas and Newt bump into Janson who sniffs them out. A fight ensues as they run further into the maze. Gally is looking for a serum to treat Flare as he chooses to stay with the Immunes. He is able to find one.

Turns out Newt is not an Immune and he is gradually succumbing to the effects of the deadly Flare virus.

Thomas: There’s no guarantee we will make it back from this.

Newt: But we started it together, we might as well end it that way too.

Meanwhile, Teresa had a plan of her own as she takes Thomas’ blood to run her own tests. She is able to make a serum through it that treats the Flare. His blood is the cure!

One of the most absurd scenes is that of Brenda being saved by Frypan using a crane. Literally, nobody even tried to shoot her or take a step forward to stop her. It was weird how all the hooligans became the spectators themselves and let all of it happen.

Amidst all of it, a rebel war is about to go down as Lawrence the Voldemort is busy delivering the speech of his life outside the city. They destroy the sentinels and head inside the city with every means to seize it and bring it to rubbles.

Brenda: You can’t save everyone, Thomas.

Thomas: I can try.

The Showdown

Minho is saved as the trio theatrically jump into a swimming pool and are saved by Gally in nick of time. Newt is on his way to becoming a zombie when he hands him over his pendant.

Minho, the fastest runner, he is, runs to Brenda and Jorge who have a Flare treating serum with them.  Newt has already become a zombie and he attacks Thomas. It is a painful transitioning of emotions that makes the whole scene simply epic. It is that same old churning that we have often watched in movies aplenty that turn a friend against a friend.

Newt is going through a lot, asking Thomas to leave or he would kill him. Thomas doesn’t want to leave his friend alone. Eventually, Newt kills himself left with no choice.

Teresa announces through a transmitter throughout the city that it is Thomas who could help people get rid of the virus.

You can save your friends, or you can save us all.

For the Cure

Thomas finds Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) who tells her that WCKD’s intentions were good even though its name meant something else. Jansen shoots Ava and hits Thomas on the head making him unconscious. It is revealed that Jansen is turning into a Crank himself. He straps Thomas on a stretcher alongside Teresa who is busy taking out his blood.

Jansen, the loud mouth he is, reveals that his intentions were to give the cure only to those who could afford it. Teresa turns on him hitting him on the head. A fight ensues as Thomas releases zombies on Jansen killing him for good. As the world around them is falling and burning to cinders, Thomas and Teresa head towards the rooftop with no hope when Vince (Barry Pepper) and Jorge show up in their aircraft asking them to jump.

You already know how it’s gonna end. Thomas makes it but Teresa fails to, and she disappears into the swallowing fire.

The world is dying. If we find a cure that’s the only way all of this was worth it.

So Thomas is 2-0 down when he tries to find a happy ending in a life that fails to give him any. He loses his buddy and his love in Maze Runner The Death Cure. You can only imagine the pain.

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Epilogue

As an epilogue that could have been made shorter, we find Thomas waking up in a base led by Immunes and the Right Arm. Together they have found a safe haven as was pointed by Ava. Thomas discovers the pendant Newt had given him and finds a note in it that has, to be honest, nothing useful in it suggesting another part. But it has warm words.

I want you to know that I’m not scared. Well, not of dying, anyway. It’s more forgetting. It’s losing myself to this virus, that’s what scares me. So every night, I’ve been saying their names out loud. Alby. Winston. Chuck. And I just repeat them over and over like a prayer, and it – And it all comes flooding back.

Just the little things like where the sun used to hit the Glade at that perfect moment right before it slipped beneath the walls. And I remember the taste of Frypan’s stew. I never thought I’d miss that stuff so much. And I remember you. From the first time you came up in the box, just a scared little Greenie who couldn’t even remember his own name.

But from that moment you ran into the Maze, I knew I would follow you anywhere. And I have. We all have. If I could do it all over again, I would. And I wouldn’t change a thing. My hope for you: when you’re looking back years from now, you’ll be able to say the same. The future is in your hands now, Tommy. I know you’ll find a way to do what’s right. You always have. Take care of everyone for me. And take care of yourself. You deserve to be happy. Thank you for being my friend.

The Final Verdict

With that ending of Maze Runner The Death Cure suddenly you realize you have never really paid as much attention to Newt as you had in this one.

There have been some amazing moments shared whenever Thomas and Teresa are together too. You can literally feel the emotions venting out and the discord trying to keep them apart even though they are dying to be together. I think there was some brilliant emotional turmoil scooched in Maze Runner The Death Cure.

There were problems with the flick in the plot department, yes, with Dashner aiming for a double headshot in the head. The fact that Wes failed to address logical things and the way the movie ends up stretching even after the final jolt. But overall it has been brilliantly packed, and you know that it truly deserves to be cherished.

Good thing is that the franchise is doing great with beautiful winding stories and we are having a great time watching them. Who is complaining?

Underworld Blood Wars Review (2016) | Just Stop Already!

Underworld Blood Wars has been helmed just like its previous parts, except unlike, of course, the first one. And that is just when you look at its fast paced direction, the action and its poorly written screenplay. It gives you nothing but cheap thrills and is barely there to take the story forward.

Watching Underworld Blood Wars was supposed to help rekindle the lost memories of one of my favorite badass protagonists. To watch her kick some more ass in a war-ridden world trying to rip each other apart was supposed to be an exciting adventure. But alas! The movie is as stale as its yawn worthy action.

If you wish to revisit those forgotten enclaves, here’s a link to revisit all the prequels. Go binge-watch:

Plot of Underworld Blood Wars (Spoilers Ahead)

To constitute its plot Underworld doesn’t have much to offer. It’s like a ladder that leads to naught. So if you want to put things in a nutshell, you can say the title of the movie gives away the story. Yes it’s an ongoing war between the Lycans and Vampires, no doubts there. But remember (at least try!) how the last part had ended with Kate trying to save Eve, the hybrid child? Well she has been hidden, and even Selene doesn’t know her whereabouts. For the very fact that if she did, someone might extract that information through her blood.

The movie starts with talks about Marius portrayed by Tobias Menzies, him being the big bad beast of Lycans. The leader is planning a huge attack on the Vamps holed up in a fortress. Side Note: If it weren’t for his hubris and badassery the movie would have been even more punishing to watch.

still of Tobias Menzies as Marius in Underworld Blood Wars movie

Both Lycans and Vampires are after Eve trying to locate the gifted child to have an upper-hand in the war. The consumption of her blood would turn one into Vampire-Corvinus hybrid.

We have betraying creatures like Semira (Lara Pulver) and Varga (Bradley James) who stay constantly at the top of the pyramid of perversion. Charles Dance and Theo James reprise their respective roles as Thomas and David.

One of the most memorable scenes to watch out for is when Selene rips out the spine of Marius slaying him in the process. But right after that, Underworld Blood Wars seems to be galloping towards the end. It’s almost as if Anna Foerster, the director is shouting at the top of her lungs:

“Pack up! Pack up! Quickly!”

It just forces you to shake your head at how pathetic and unruly the rush is.

The Final Verdict

For once you think maybe Underworld might have learnt from its past mistakes, and this time, maybe just this time it would try to present the Lycans and Vampires story in a better light. But no! It only gets terrible with every release.

At the end of the day you realize Underworld is badly in a need of reboot, but trying to envision someone else filling the shoes of Selene is just not right. Kate is Selene! Period.

I just hope it finds a good director who decides to bring some calm focus to the tale, whilst rebuffing its action, and embellishing the drama.

I would recommend you watch it only if you are a big Underworld fan and can’t live without seeing Kate Beckinsale back in action again.

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Review (2015)

Maze Runner The Scorch Trials is surprisingly good.

When I had watched the first installment and read about how James Dashner had dreamt about The Maze Runner, I could instantly relate to him. It occurred to me how the universe wanted him to mould a situation into a story. He spun a great tale, which promised a franchise then and there. So I went with great expectations to watch this one. The fact that Wes Ball was going to direct this again seemed great too.

Plot of Maze Runner The Scorch Trials

When the movie gallops into the ‘what happens next’ territory I was amazed how brilliantly it ran. There wasn’t a moment spared for breathing. It just ran and ran, justifying its name. Halfway through, and the adventure wasn’t stopping. I really liked how the director kept everyone on their feet. I liked how James Dashner had thought this through. How he arranged the bricks to build something beautiful. However, it all seemed pretty predictable.

maze runner the scorch trials movie still

If you take some steps back and really look at it, the story is a classic zombie tale, however, doesn’t linger in that territory, which is good. There are situations built up deliberately to up the thrill level. Horror has been scooched in the plot to make it look rad. There are a lot of characters in the movie that keep popping up and then are suddenly put down in order to make the flick less lengthy. Then again Wes Ball fails at it terribly. Which takes us to its editing, which isn’t that great after the editing.

The final bits and the epilogue of the movie are really predictable and reek of mediocrity. You almost see what’s coming, and who is going to say what.

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Given the number of characters, the tale keeps on adding Dashner deserves a TV series to do him justice.

However, the movie is still good and will make you want to know more just like any other franchise. A definite watch.

You can check out reviews of other Dylan O’ Brien movies as well.

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The Maze Runner Review (2014)

The Maze Runner finds the movie it deserves.

Wes Ball‬’s first big direction venture can’t be ignored. Albeit ‪Dashner‬ hands him over his brilliant tale on a silver platter, Wes still makes it appear equally great.

SPOILERS

Dashner’s The Maze Runner is a reflection of our real world. It makes you ponder, if we too are a part of something inexplicable, that our life is a maze and we are just surviving. Are we also pawns of someone’s experiment? Are we supposed to search for a door? Our lives have inevitable elements like ‪‎Gally‬, like a religious preacher who stops people from going out or finding a door, forcing you to stay in the labyrinth, following rules that conventions made! And like ‪Alby‬ who was the oldest who created them for mere extant! ‪‎Will Poulter‬ was brilliant as Gally and ‪Dylan‬ worked really hard to get into Thomas’ shoes! His acting is developing. The movie packs in surprises as it climaxes which were subtly portrayed.

The screenplay hasn’t much to offer, visual effects are fine. There are some flaws that can be ignored for the amazing concept. Pointing some – The deadly ‪Grievers‬ becoming suddenly less fatal when sticks were poked at them, the clichéd bit of Chuck’s fate, the knock that brought Thomas’ name back, a gal ‪Teresa‬ who has to be there even though she didn’t have a purpose, questions like why couldn’t they make a ladder Maze-tall in three frigging years? At least they could have seen where they were at, or if the walls were concrete and they had weapons couldn’t they create fractures in the wall and try to climb?

Overlooking every such minute bits it was overall a great movie on its way to become an even greater franchise!