“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” (Fox)
By Catholic News Service
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.
Relentless but bloodless violence and gunplay, scenes of torture, occasional crude and profane language, one offensive gesture. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.