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Maze Runner: The Death Cure - Saga finds way to gripping end

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

By Damon Smith

Good things come to those fans who have waited two-and-a-half years for the rousing conclusion to the Maze Runner saga, based on James Dashner's post-apocalyptic trilogy for young adults.

Boyishly handsome lead actor Dylan O'Brien was seriously injured on the set of the final chapter and production shut down for almost a year to allow him to recover.

Real-life drama hasn't impacted noticeably on Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which is a fitting swansong punctuated by bombastic action sequences set to a thunderous score composed by John Paesano.

The film accelerates into top gear with a breathlessly staged opening flourish on a moving train, and a full-throttle chase involving a bus crammed with escaped prisoners is a vertiginous delight with a deliciously droll punchline.

Director Wes Ball neatly ties up loose narrative threads and provides emotional closure, including a couple of heart-tugging farewells to beloved characters.

Undeniably, the 142-minute running time is excessive but we should be thankful that Maze Runner hasn't followed the money-grabbing examples of The Hunger Games and Divergent and needlessly cleaved the final source book into two overstuffed films.

Three stars

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