Rating: PG-13, Time: 2hr 21min, Director: Wes Ball, Cast on IMDb
So what did you think of the final chapter of the Maze Runner?
Well, first you have to accept its a kid's movie with the kids as heros however improbable that is. Probably the most likely of plots is the Goonies and then you have sci-fi outliers like the Maze Runner and the Hunger Games. In this case, the kids have long escaped from the mazes and are living fully outside far from the WCKD corporation. Their close friend and other immunes are still captive and brought to the last city. As opposed to the Hunger Games, where the capital city is laid with boobie traps, this city is in martial law lock down, which is much more realistic. This is actually the last safe city and the capital of the WCKD operations.
Was the technology believable?
Compared to the first movie with the crazy creatures hunting children in mazes, this one is laid back. The city is surrounded by a monstrously tall wall, possible, but overkill, except for a gate to the outside protected by huge guns. It is a huge flaw in the design, but kind of makes sense since if you found a cure you could help the people just outside the safe zone first. I was kind of surprised none of the maze creatures are guardians here, but again there is no control of the creatures and can't be kept in a controlled environment like the maze. In the Hunger Games capitol they let all kind of hellish creatures loose, which doesn't make sense from a control perspective, so is much more unrealistic. I think by keeping the city more realistic there was less tension without the maze creatures to try to avoid.
How is WCKD portrayed here?
Once you see the last city, you almost feel sorry for them. The flare disease has now taken over 2/3 of the human population and very few remaining safe zones to evacuate to. Actually, in the book after the solar flares wiping out much of the livable parts of the planets, scientists release the deadly fare virus to wipe out enough of humanity to live in balance with the planet thinking they could control the disease from the rest. The scientists like Teresa and Chancellor Ava Paige seem almost humane in their decision to try to save the rest of humanity at a sacrifice of only a few children. In the end the do find a cure, but unfortunately too late.
This fatality shows Ava the lead doctor giving up on a solution as the city is about to be overrun by the disease and the people outside of the city. The remaining villain Janson is deciding that the cure is still possible and he will at least save a minimum of people at any cost. I think up to this point they set up the plots and characters very well with lots of tension for the characters. The heroes, the immune children, though are able to willingly outmaneuver the WCKD staff and security all by themselves to overcome. You have to swallow that kids can outsmart adults being a kids movie, but it is almost too easy to do in the final 1/4 of the film.
Were there other interesting characters?
The unofficial leader of the opposition outside the clean city is this flare infected businessman and former WCKD scientist Lawrence, who somehow still has his mind but is severely scavenged by the disease on half his face. He is the one who has been scheming to overtake the city and make them pay for being ousted from WCKD and the flare infection. He is actually an ally, but in the end is kind of a terrible villain destroying the last remaining city of humanity.
Have you done any art related to the movie?
Not to this movie triology, but I did do one painting on the Hunger Games. I chose the moment that Katniss transitions from hunter of animals to volunteer to be a part of the Hunger Games to save her sister from certain death. In the future, I may do the series at some point.
May the Odds be Ever in your Favor - 24x48 inches
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