How the maze runner series became epic!

On 26th January, Maze Runner: The Death Cure races at full pelt into ODEON cinemas. It’s the third and final movie in the action-packed The Maze Runner trilogy and is teeming with the kinds of twists, turns and explosions that made the first two films so compelling – plus, it has the added spice of being the final chapter. Here are the reasons why this brilliant teen dystopia is a must-see!


The story so far.... 

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials were both gripping adventures filled with mystery, rebellion and a heck of a lot of running around. They also asked more questions than they answered, leaving us desperate for resolutions. Here’s a quick SPOILER-FILLED recap:

The Maze Runner

This brilliant first instalment sees a young teen named Thomas waking up in a leafy field where he’s ‘welcomed’ by a number of other boys about his age.  Thomas quickly discovers that the ‘Glade’ is at the centre of a huge maze filled with hideous metal monsters known as Grievers. They learn that the world has been devastated by the one-two punch of an enormous solar flare followed by a deadly viral pandemic. The maze was built by an organisation known as WCKD and the boys were test subjects chosen because they are immune to the virus…

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

After being rescued from the WCKD facility, Thomas and his friends are taken to a safe haven by Mr. Jansen, who turns out to be a spy. The rag-tag team escape and find themselves in the barren outside world known as the Scorch, where they begin seeking the resistance group, the Right Arm. the gang reach the relief camp where they discover that an enzyme cure has been found. Unfortunately, it can only be harvested from the body of an ‘Immune’ and not manufactured.

Escaping capture, Thomas vows to infiltrate the organisation and destroy WCKD from the inside...

Why is it successful?

The young cast are fantastic

While the jaw-dropping special effects and cleverly thought-through screenplays can take some credit, it’s the young cast that have turned these movies from also-rans into winners.

Central to proceedings is Dylan O’Brien’s Thomas. O’Brien brilliantly captures Thomas’ bewilderment as he tries (along with the audience) to work out who he is, how he got there and, most importantly, why he’s there.

Offering sterling support are Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt, Kaya Scodelario as Teresa, Ki Hong Lee as Minho and Dexter Darden as Frypan, with all four aiding Thomas in not just the first movie, but the second too. These youngsters are damn fine actors and you want them to triumph.

Success at a glance

  • The Maze Runner seems to be a fabric of talents: Dylan O'Brien gained the status of teen star, winning 3 MTV Movie Awards and 6 Teen Choice Awards.  Kaya Scodelario got another big step in her carrer after taking part in the last Pirates of Caribbean movie and becoming a new character in the development of the franchise, while Thomas Brodie-Sangster had a major role in 2 seasons of acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones. No bad for a bunch of kids!

It’s based on an unputdownable series of books 

The Maze Runner film trilogy is based on American author James Dashner’s five-strong series of novels, which drew acclaim in 2009, when The Maze Runner was originally published. The book quickly became an international bestseller

Similar to The Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent series, the novels – which are aimed at young adults – are set in a dystopian future world where teenagers are forced to do battle against an evil patriarchy. It was only a matter of time before the movie rights for Dashner’s refreshingly dark works were snapped up, leaving passionate fans (known as Gladers or Runners, depending on who you ask) extremely excited and introducing a new universe to an audience that quickly became passionate, even without having heard of it before. 

Success at a glance

  • The Maze Runner series has created a new genre known as YA genre (Young Adult) in the film industry, along with Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent.  To date, the franchise has grossed over $600 million on a combined $90 million production budget.  

We’re finally getting some answers…

The first two movies sent us one way then the other in terms of plot development. Every time we thought we were getting to grips with what was going on, a hero would become a villain and we’d be back to where we started (in the very best way – who doesn’t love a surprise twist?). This final chapter, however, promises answers at long last – as well as a storyline that combines all the best bits (maze, conspiracy, explosions, friendship) from the first two movies.

Success at a glance

  • Given the social media buzz surrounding The Death Cure, it looks like the film it’s on its way to success. Even though the film will mark an end of a era, the last chapter can opens to spin-offs and reboots...

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