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It's time to get WCKD one last time as Maze Runner: The Death Cure brings The Maze Runner trilogy to an epic close. While the film was supposed to originally be completed and released around this time last year, an on-set accident with star Dylan O'Brien injured him enough to bump the film's production schedule. And with that bump came a release date shift to an advantageous 2018 date, as well as another project for O'Brien to sink his teeth into, last year's American Assassin. But now, the time is right, and the stage is set for Thomas and his friends to finish the journey they started back in 2014. And with this return comes our latest chance to rate and discuss the big ticket film of the weekend!
Now you're probably wondering if Maze Runner: The Death Cure is worth it for anyone outside of the fandom built around James Dashner's novels and director Wes Ball's film trilogy. Surely, there's a chance that this final installment could stand alone as a film that fans and newbies alike could enjoy. Unfortunately, according to our own Dirk Libbey, that isn't exactly the case, as his official review had this to say:
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is for diehard Maze Runner fans only. Between the extended wait, the extended length, and the characters without character, it's unlikely anybody else will have the constitution required to get the end of this maze.
It looks like if you want to play in The Maze Runner's sandbox, you need to come prepared. So if you haven't seen those first two films, and have somehow stuck around this far, bookmark this page and come back to further discuss the movie. For those of you who are all caught up and ready to talk about the finale, we have some post-film discussion questions for you, the readers, to mull over in the comments below. With that in mind, think about the following subjects as you embark on discussing Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
Was Maze Runner: The Death Cure a worthy end to the franchise?
Would you be interested in seeing the prequel novels developed into further films?
Was Maze Runner: The Death Cure worth the wait?
Some say that Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the end of the YA franchise craze. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Were there any moments you wanted to see from the original novel for Maze Runner: The Death Cure that didn't make the cut?
You've seen the film, you've thought of some answers to the questions above, but are you ready to rate Maze Runner: The Death Cure on a scale from zero to five? Of course you are! This is "Rate and Discuss," not "Discuss and sternly glare at your monitor." Using the poll below, rate this weeks film on our scale, and feel free to kick in a couple sentences on what you rated, and why, in your comments at the end.
Before we go, we'd like to share some of our coverage of Maze Runner: The Death Cure's recent press day. First, take a look at this clip where our own Conner Schwerdtfeger got to speak with star Dylan O'Brien about why he had to finish his time in The Maze Runner series, despite his horrific accident.
Next, take a look at the cast of Maze Runner: The Death Cure oh so subtly sell their costar O'Brien as the next face of a certain DCEU superhero:
And with that, we'll let you all get to rating and discussing Maze Runner: The Death Cure! We hope you enjoy the film, and that you'll head back here next week, as we'll be giving you the opportunity to rate and discuss next weekend's biggest film, here on CinemaBlend.