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Drama - YA, Sci-Fi - Dystopian Future

The Maze Runner 3: Death Curse (2018)

Duration2h 23m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, 
Source of storyBased on a novel “Death Curse” by James Dashner
DirectorWes Ball
StarringDylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Will Poulter, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aiden Gillen, Barry Pepper, Walton Goggins
RatingsIMDb: 6.2 by 111,709 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 43% by 170 critics.

Elevator Pitch: A bunch of young people are apparently immune to a virus called “the flare” which turns people into sort of zombies. They are a renegade group fighting soldiers of the WCKD organisation to recover others who have been captured. This finally involves them in having to somehow enter “The Last City” by a secret entrance in the walls where they pretend to be WCKD soldiers and engage in fire fights with the actual soldiers, now and again confronted by the various villains who are intent on capturing them and using their blood to make others immune. So they must rescue their friends, escape and start a new life somewhere.

Content: No sex or nudity, or drugs, smoking or drinking. At the start there is a car chase of a train. I seem to remember the exact event in a Fast & Furious, Then there is a more or less continuous trogging about, firstly in the ruins of the city as the guys try to find their way and then once inside similar creeping about sometimes dressed as WCKD soldiers, sometime not, but always shooting people. In the end the city catches fire and although there is a rescue not everyone is saved.

A View: I had a look through the Wikipedia descriptions of the plots of the previous films and do not find anywhere that the “gladers” are immune to the Flare virus, which seems to be the basis of this outing. It made a lot of money but was not much liked by the critics, the general advice being that if you did not see the previous films don’t bother with this one. And conversely if you did see them, then you might want to see this one for closure, but don’t expect to enjoy it.

Additional info: Dylan O’Brien was badly injured during the scene with the train delaying shooting for twelve months. 

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