'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' runs in circles

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Adolescence is so bad that there's no need to question the success of young-adult dystopian works like James Dashner's Maze Runner books and the movies based on them, including the third and final installment, Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

The strength of Maze Runner: The Death Cure lays in the characterisations and the interactions between them with stand outs being the relationship between Dylan O'Brien's Thomas and Thomas Brodie-Sangster's Newt, the bond between them is palpable leading to a thoughtful and well earned conclusion.

Dexter definitely checks them out: "You get flooded with tweets and Instagram posts". "They love the books and they love the characters and they love the movies", he adds.

Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) works with WCKD's Ava (Patricia Clarkson) to find a cure for a deadly virus in 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure'. The "Hunger Games" films wrapped in 2015 with diminishing returns for the last two entries, the "Divergent" series derailed after the third chapter and "The 5th Wave", which attempted to jumpstart a new teen franchise, stalled out at the gate.

When asked whether or not fans will be happy with the conclusion to the Maze Runner series, Darden told us, "I think they will be, I hope so". This trilogy-closing movie pits Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and the other Gladers against them right from the start, as it opens like a heist flick and puts action front and centre.

"I remember seeing some of the trailer reactions [on YouTube], those were super amusing", he says. "And then it led me on this train of watching a bunch of them because they were cracking me up". The delay doesn't appear to have affected the movie's box office just yet, though- its preview showings hold up well when compared to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' $1.7 million.



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