Review: Maze Runner: The Death Cure Blu-Ray Release

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In the epic conclusion to the MAZE RUNNER saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final mission. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all! Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Review – Maze Runner

After a very long wait for the final film, Maze Runner concludes its story with an action packed final film. The film production was severely delayed after an accident on set with actor Dylan O’Brien. The final film kicks off with a train heist. Thomas and his group attempt to rescue Minho from WCKD before they lose him again. Although a close call everything seems to go well. Turns out the got the wrong train car. Now the group must infiltrate the last city on earth to find him.

The rest of the film is spent with the team trying to make their way inside and the revelations that follow. Teresa is working hard with WCKD to find a cure, despite the cost to Minho and the other kids. One of the bigger surprises for me was when Gally appeared near the last city. I had written him off as dead in the first film. Not sure I believe he survived but it was a nice twist.

(L-R) Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito), Frypan (Dexter Darden), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Brenda (Rosa Salazar) are in search of answers.
Photo credit: Joe Alblas

WCKD comes to a point where the virus is airborne and they are out of time. The last ditch effort they had for a cure proved fruitless. However, Teresa learns that Thomas’s blood healed one of the kids who has not had to have follow up treatments for months. He is the cure to save humanity! This is where the series lets me down. After everything we went through with these kids. After all the mystery and complexity Thomas is the golden child whose blood could save them all?

The film ends without really explaining why he is so special and nobody else is. I could have lived with extracting the serum from immune kids was the cure, and rescuing them was the final goal. But to have 1 person be the worlds savior, not because he is immune but without any reason? I am sure you have read plenty of other articles about how the film story was changed from the books. I think the changes left out a lot of important details and a sense of bleakness to the world. I have not read the books but perhaps I will to see what the true ending was supposed to be.

Still, the film and the series as a whole was a decent young adult dystopian story. It is ambitious at times and a little confusing at others. However, in the end it sets up likable characters (not always the main ones) and beautiful futuristic landscapes. I have to say that Janson, played by Aidan Gillen, was one of my favorite characters. He made the better villain than even WCKD. After watching him in Game Of Thrones, it was nice to see him be the villain who was both behind the scenes and very physical in his control of the end goals he wanted. In a sea of recent attempts of similar young adult film series, Maze Runner is one of the better ones. It is worth picking up and adding to your science fiction collection.

The book series has 2 prequel books that were release, however the film studio has no intention at this time of adapting those books. You can pickup the final film or the trilogy boxset with exclusive MAZE RUNNER bandana chosen by fans at your local retailer or Amazon.

Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) and Ava Page (Patricia Clarkson) look pensive.
Photo credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Blu-Ray/DVD Release Features

Fans will receive special gifts with purchase and 90 minutes of outstanding special feature content including commentary, deleted scenes, gag reel, and a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the cast’s friendships over the years!

Fans who purchase MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD will be rewarded with an exclusive 24-page prequel origins comic book written by screenwriter T.S. Nowlin. The trilogy boxset is also releasing April 24 on Blu-ray and DVD and includes the three films in the series and the exclusive comic book. The Blu-ray trilogy will include an exclusive MAZE RUNNER bandana chosen by fans.

The release will also include a code to download a digital copy of the movie. Movies Anywhere simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers.  Movies Anywhere brings together the movies from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. 

Robert Prentice