Movie Review - Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Dylan O'Brien (American Assassin and Teen Wolf) stars as Thomas, a character who has never really had any character or personality other than being a brave, stalwart, standard, military-style leader, mostly stoic and moving from one mission to another just for survival's sake. It didn't really work in the first, two films, which had him as just a runner whose only motive is escape. It wasn't enough to generate an emotional core that could be effective in any way. In the first, two films, he was basically just a cog in a wheel. Now, this movie changes that somewhat. Thomas and a couple of the other characters have been through so much as to bond them. Thomas' goal to save one of them becomes enough of an emotional hook to carry this movie. It's not well-developed but it's enough to make this adventure compelling.
The problem is that Minho as a character in no way compares to Han Solo in terms of being a standout that will be remembered generations from now. This isn't because this franchise isn't as big a blockbuster as Star Wars. It's because the movie doesn't develop Minho all that much. He's basically a tag-along. He gets to kill a guy at the end of the first movie but this movie eliminated that, so he would almost be a forgettable character if it weren't for this movie deciding to make Minho the MacGuffin. It still doesn't make Minho interesting by himself, but it gives Thomas more emotional stakes.
Walton Goggins (Justified and The Shield) plays a man named Lawrence who's trying to break into the walled up city. He reminded me of Kuato from Total Recall (1990), both in motivation, disposition and appearance. He's a creepy character whose purpose just seems to bring down the wall and rail against the wealthy, the privileged and the protected but to what end is unclear. By the end, he's simply an instigator of action.
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, action. language and some thematic elements.
Running Time: 2 hrs. and 22 mins.
Available for DVD and VOD.