Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Violent dystopian trilogy finale wraps us loose ends.

PG-13 2018 142 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 87 reviews

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age 13+

Epic finale has intense action

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the final film in The Maze Runner trilogy, and that being said it has the most action of all 3. Here, in this review I will he breaking down all of its parental content in full detail: VIOLENCE: In the opening sequence, lots of guns are shot at soldiers while the protagonists try to latch on to a moving cargo train filled with teens. A car goes through a tunnel filled with zombies when the car contributes driving with them hanging on, some are flying off etc, and after the car crashes they get out of the vehicle and a zombie approaches when a boy shoots it with a shotgun mostly off camera, then they are saved and more zombies are killed bloodlessly. We see a violent protest and cannons shoot into the crowd, people are shown flying and the streets get destroyed however later we hear no bodies where found. A man is punched in the face. In particularly upsetting scenes, a little girl is shown ill with the zombie (or flare) virus, and they inject her with a syringe bringing her back to good health as she bonds with the doctor. Later on, the doctor returns to see her being restrained as a full zombie, and it’s implied that she had to be shot when considering what happens with the flair. Very upsetting. A girl has a bag thrown over her head as she is kidnapped briefly. In a scene a man threatens to cut off a girls finger. A girl cuts into a boys neck (sometimes onscreen and a bit nasty) to retrieve a chip inside, the chip is shown being pulled out of the small bloody slot. Several people infiltrate a building and free prisoners etc. as combat is shown with a mixture of taser shotguns and real firearms, all bloodlessly, and during this sequence a girl is attacked and thrown against a table but comes out not injured. The sequence ends with the people jumping from a great height into water not injured. A girl in a bus with many kids inside is brought into the air with a crane and then dropped, everyone is okay. A beloved character slowly gets infected with the flare zombie virus and asks to be killed over and over, and it is refused until the virus takes him over and they fight, it’s very emotional as we feel him not wanted to, and we see his pain. He takes out a knife and slashed his friend in the shoulder onscreen, then reaches for the gun but has it slapped out of his hand. Towards the end we see them clash together and we hear a knife stab sound, and we do not know who got stabbed, however, the life is let go and the infected character dies with the blade in his stomach, the fight is very emotional and quite violent. A huge explosive fight breaks out in the city where tons of explosions and gun fights happen, lots of people die bloodlessly. In the final sequence, a woman stands next to the protagonist and is suddenly shot, spreading blood on her, she falls to the ground, then the protagonist gets sent to the ground next to her as we see blood pool under the body. Afterwards, the protagonist wakes up on a table as the villain takes a syringe and tries to inject himself with he is attacked and the protagonist is let free. The sequence of them fighting is very intense, as the girl has her head slammed on a metal table and the two men fight. Then they run into a lab where the protagonist is shot many times in his chest where bloody bullet holes and streams of blood are on his chest, where the villain tries to find where they are hiding, and a zombie is let free from his cell mauling the villain to death, with blood briefly shown. They then run out of the burning building and one person falls to their death emotionally. LANGUAGE: A middle finger is used, sh*t, hell, damn are used throughout and we also hear a use of twat. OVERALL: 13+
age 15+

12 certificate is way off the mark

There is some decent 'popcorn' movie action in this film but it loses its focus a bit and, overall, feels rather 'run of the mill'. However, the key observation I would make is that it is very 'intense' in places - with scenes that would have scared the living daylights out of our very 'normal' 12 year old son. Eg - a man being ravaged by flesh-eating zombies

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