Thomas, the leader of the Gladers who made it out of the maze run by WCKD and escaping their clutch in The Scorch, thought they found a safe haven until Teresa was given her memories of her old life back. This world is plagued by an infection that gets worse every day. Two thirds of the population now are zombies that with one bite will vampire you into one of them. WCKD is working on a cure but they have been testing on Immunes, which include the Gladers but not all of them are completely immune. These tests included the maze itself and putting the characters through friend deaths, terrifying tests and lots of needles. Teresa's mom was an infected that yelled in the night, and so she decided to betray Thomas and his friends. Now she's working with WCKD and Thomas's best friend Minho is held hostage. All they want to do is get him out and run. Most of the rebellion don't see getting one man and breaking into a massive city worth it, so Thomas and a few friends; Newt, Frypan, then eventually Jorge, Brenda, and then a familiar face, are the ones to do it. But this rescue mission just might change the entire world, and make it either completely cured or completely obliterated. It's all come down to this.
The movie begins with one of the best examples I can think of in starting the movie off with a bang. However, I was worried it would be too early to rescue the main captive they want to rescue, because he was taken at the very end of The Scorch Trials, so having him back at the very beginning might seem like his capture was a way to get us into theatres. Uh-uh. No way. The movie's many beginning close calls and the timer counting down as the WCKD guards jump from the moving train rooftops and our heroes jump from rickety cars onto the rear, are each a treat of their own and by the time the big enticement has ended, the movie's only beginning.
In 2016, Alice Through The Looking Glass was my favourite movie of 2016, beating out even Captain America: Civil War, and one of the key components to it was its backgrounds, costumes and special effects. Everything was like nothing I'd ever seen before, a rainbow of colours and strange shapes everywhere. Just like the other instalments, this one is fun to look at as well, seeing how deserted, empty and simply dead the world has grown to become.
Something The Maze Runner series (the movies, anyway) is surprisingly stupendous at is its ability to make an arguable narrative, especially involving Teresa's character. The main thing is to think about what's right for the rest of the world and what's right for each other, if attempting to find a cure to the virus is worth it after being put through years of maze secrecy, murders, bullets shot their way, and trauma. Or if it would be better to just run.
Also, remember how I said I loathed The Scorch Trials as a book but loved Wes Ball's spin on it all? Because of how dissimilar he is willing to take this material, I expected nothing and everything. I went in knowing the end of the book version but prepared for something entirely different to spin the movie and the entire series into the claws of a Griever. And wow, was my heart pumping in the theatre as a result. Just like a horror movie (which, come to think of it, it is), I felt anything could happen to anyone, and I was never sure the series would end on a peaches-and-cream or even cream note. So did it? Can't tell you. You'd never forgive me, as I would never forgive you.
Each of these movies also have a special different, well, place they're mainly situated, almost making the series seem like a videogame as you go through it. It started in a forest with a maze, then a hot and zombie-infested desert, and now the belly of the beast in a strange city. Does it have less creatures? Uh-huh, but our protagonists are at the tip of the enemy baseline so it's still tense. And if I have to give just one criticism of this franchise, JUST ONE! it's that sometimes the bad guys simply can't shoot, or don't shoot when they obviously can. But it's not all the time and if that's literally the only thing, where the designs, acting, story, sets, imagination, heart, excitement and twists are all present, I can live with it.
The Death Cure is the first movie I've seen that's been released in 2018 due to a hefty schedule, and if I end up watching a movie better than this one, I'll be surprised. Same if I end up watching a movie series I love more than this one. With The Death Cure, Dylan o'Brien and director Wes Ball have fulfilled more than just finishing this franchise, but have created my favourite movie franchise of all time, every movie, all three movies, an A+.