After three years of giving audiences enough time to forget that this YA dystopian franchise existed, director Wes Ball resurrects Thomas and a group of similarly good-looking youngsters in The Maze Runner: Death Cure. This final adaptation ratchets up the action, with speeding trains and falling buildings, and airborne buses.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
A group of teens who escaped from an all-powerful maze are chased through the scorched remains of civilization by zombie-like creatures in this second installment of The Maze Runner film franchise. Director Wes Ball keeps the energy from film one going but this time the movie feels more like a fast-paced horror film than a YA sci-fi adventure.
The Scorch Trials finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), and Aris (Jacob Lofland), spirited away from The Maze and into an enormous facility run by Janson (Aidan Gillen). The teens are promised tickets to a Promised Land where they will be safe from the WCKD organization.
But a visit to The Scorch soon proves the group is not yet free. As they navigate through a series of dangerous trials, Thomas and his friends must also contend with WICKED’s evil plan as well as an onslaught of deadly creatures.
The Maze Runner: The Death Cure
After a string of dystopian young adult franchises fizzled out since Katniss left the stage, The Maze Runner series has managed to hold on. And though the third film in James Dashner’s trilogy may have a few sillier elements than its predecessors, it’s also a more forthrightly entertaining and sweat-drenched experience.
Directed by Wes Ball, and starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Dexter Darden, and Patricia Clarkson, Maze Runner: The Death Cure kicks off where its predecessors left off, with teenagers thrown into a world full of amnesiacs and dangerous biomechanical creatures. From the lush grassland of The Glade to eerie underground bunkers in The Scorch Trials, to a gleaming metropolis with walls to keep out Cranks (in this case, zombie-like creatures) in The Death Cure, the action is always intense.
And even if you haven’t read the books, it doesn’t matter. Like the previous two films, this one moves at a dizzying pace and never slows down.
The Maze Runner: The Kill Order
The Maze Runner series is one of the best-selling dystopian YA book series to be turned into movies. The first movie, The Maze Runner, follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), who wakes up in a large area with other male youths and no memory of his past. Then he finds himself surrounded by deadly mechanized bugs and a maze that changes every month.
James Dashner, the author of The Maze Runner trilogy, has written two prequels to the books. The Kill Order and The Fever Code take place before the events of the first movie, exploring characters who have survived a disease that ravages the world.
The third movie in the series, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, was released earlier this year. It stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Will Poulter, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The film was directed by Wes Ball and adapted by T.S. Nowlin. But it seems that the makers are not interested in extending the movie franchise. The movie’s popularity has been declining with each release.
The Maze Runner: The Fever Code
Based on the best-selling dystopian book trilogy of the same name by James Dashner, Maze Runner: The Fever Code is a prequel to the main series. The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster as teenagers who are thrown into a maze with no recollection of their pasts. The movie delivers a perfect mix of action and adventure and was directed by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein.
While the main trilogy centers on a group of kids searching for a way to cure the world of an epidemic, The Kill Order and Fever Code are much darker in tone. It will be interesting to see what happens next in the franchise if it gets a fourth installment at all.
If there is a fourth movie in the series, it will likely be based on The Kill Order, which takes place 13 years before the events of The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. However, there has been no official confirmation of this.