Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen, Will Poulter, Walton Goggins, Dexter Darden, Barry Pepper.
Director: Wes Ball
Screenplay: T.S. Nowlin
Another young adult series completed, 3 out of 4 is not too bad of a record... While the film suffers from a bland passive protagonist it still is able to keep its plot rolling. The first train job action scene is enjoyable and the last city to survive the zombie apocalypse is beautiful. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his team of blood god buddies go on a suicidal mission to save one of their own from an impenetrable fortress—a glass skyscraper that only needs a thumb print to get into the most important levels. It took me a little while to remember what is happening within this post-apocalyptic world but the film was able to fill the gaps in my memory without it feeling overly expositiony.
The saving grace of this piece as the women in this film, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Brenda (Rosa Salazar), and Ava (Patricia Clarkson) have agency and they use it quite significantly. Teresa betrayed her group of dude bros at the end of the second film but here we see the rationale within the evil WCKD company. Through her urgency to find the cure she is the only level headed, on point character. Thomas is reactionary while Teresa is active and moves the plot along and that is refreshing.
This final chapter feels like one, and it is not afraid to make permanent consequences. But on the whole it is a little lack lustre with massive plot points that feel wedged in because something sinister must be happening and things need to explode. And once again I cannot remember why they needed to be trapped in a maze in the first movie, it will never, ever make sense to me no matter how many times they explain it.