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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Blu-ray Review

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“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is on par with the other two installments.

In the third and final film in the “Maze Runner” trilogy, Thomas and the free Gladers set out to try and rescue their friend Minho from the clutches of the WCKD (who are still hot on their trail). Those immune to the Flare Virus along with The Right Arm are wanting to escape to a Safe Haven, but Thomas, Newt, Brenda among others are insistent on saving Minho. In order to do so, they have to break into the Last City where the WCKD is located. From there on out, the story becomes a rescue mission that is filled with danger, an uprising, death, and the possibility of a cure.

When it comes to film franchises based on YA novels, “Maze Runner” is far and away the most underrated. Unlike severely underwhelming series like “The Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” “Divergent” and so on, the dystopian saga “Maze Runner” is darker, more ambitious, and more intense. With the third and final entry dubbed “Death Cure,” the saga closes out in an overall satisfying manner. In addition to containing some exhilarating action sequences (the opener is a series highlight), ‘Cure’ wisely maintains its focus on the core group of characters. Without dishing out any spoilers, there’s a lot of character drama here that also includes some familiar faces making a return to the series. Equally appealing here is the production values. The movie feels much bigger in scope in terms of story, visuals, and settings. This is no doubt do in part to director Wes Ball who has an keen eye for visuals. He takes a relative mid-range budget and really goes to town with it. He deserves a heck of a lot of credit for helming the entire franchise and making all 3 films work (in my humble opinion).

On the downside, the movie runs a bit too long at 144 minutes. I will cut it some slack given that it wraps up the entire story and spends more time with characters, but there’s some fat that could have been cut out. It also would have been nice if the tacked on uprising plot had more depth instead of leaving viewers with several questions. However, it was clear that it was just there for added conflict.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The film’s specific color palette really shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a very lively 7.1 track that really comes alive during action set pieces.

Extras: * Digital copy * DVD copy * “Maze Runner: Origins” mini-comic * “The Final Run”- A featurette that contains set footage, interviews, and discussions about the trilogy and story of this third installment. * “Allies Reunited”- An extra about the cast’s bond and characters returning. * Commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and Joe Hartwick Jr. A decent track with some insightful comments about the production. * 11 deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Wes Ball, T.S. Nowlin and Joe Hartwick Jr. * 2 “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” trailers * Wes’ selects and storyboard galleries. * Visual effects breakdowns and reel. * A funny 11 1/2 minute gag reel. * “Going Out On Top”- This extra covers the thrilling opening sequence. * “Dystopia: The Completed World”- A featurette about the film’s settings and sets as well as the location shooting. “A Look Back: The Director’s Journey”- A featurette on director Wes Ball who helmed all 3 “Maze Runner” films.

Overall Thoughts: Is “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” going to be a sci-fi classic? No, but the trilogy as a whole is still well worth your time if you want to dive into it.

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April 23, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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