Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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In this adaptation of the third and final novel in James Dashner's sci-fi trilogy, the story of a band of teens and their fearless leader (Dylan O'Brien) fighting evil in post-apocalyptic world comes to a noisy and violent conclusion. The gang seeks to liberate their peers from tortuous experiments conducted by a wicked doctor (Patricia Clarkson) and her colleague (Kaya Scodelario), who seek a cure to a deadly virus that has decimated the population. Returning director Wes Ball operates at a breakneck pace, turning this film into a white-knuckle roller-coaster ride with more vehicle crashes than you can shake a stick at. Despite worthy expressions of friendship, loyalty and self-sacrifice and some intriguing Christian symbolism, the trilogy has clearly outworn its welcome.

 

Watch out for: Relentless but bloodless violence and gunplay, scenes of torture, occasional crude and profane language, one offensive gesture.

 

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG-13

 

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