The Best Moments and Scenes from Maze Runner 3
The Maze Runner kicked off in 2014, and is based on James Dashner book series. The story revolves around Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), a teenager who arrives in a glade at the center of a giant labyrinth. Like the other youths dumped there before him, he has no memory of his previous life. Thomas quickly becomes part of the group and soon after demonstrates a unique perspective that scores him a promotion to Runner status -- those who patrol the always-changing maze to find an escape route. Together with Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the only female, Thomas tries to convince his cohorts that he knows a way out.
With Production Design by Daniel Dorrance and Set Decoration by Anneke Botha, the interior and the WCKD Lab on the 20th floor was a massive set constructed in a converted warehouse just outside of Cape Town. The set had many different rooms and multiple long corridors creating once again, the feeling of being in a maze, only this time the Gladers were trying to break in, not out. The design also allowed filming to take place from one area to the next in long, continuous shots.
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The world still teeters on the brink of annihilation. A terrible disease, known as the Flare, is ripping through humanity like a cheese grater, turning men and women into crazed, zombie-like things with a yen for murder. A couple of movies ago, the World in Catastrophe: Killzone experiment Department (or WCKD), had the bright idea of rounding up any kid who might be immune to the disease and running them through lethal mazes in the hope that, by studying their brains, humanity might find a cure.
The maze-running part of The Maze Runner trilogy wrapped up about two-thirds of the way into the first film, leaving it to exist only as a metaphor for fresh-faced young people getting treated like laboratory rats. And not without cause: These beautiful blandlings are immune to a global pandemic called "The Flare," which is threatening to turn the bulk of humanity into grotesque, snarling, zombie-like features called "Cranks." Operating under the not-at-all sinister-sounding acronym WCKD, a government agency, led by a couple of oldsters, wants to harvest our heroes for an antidote to the virus and develops absurdly elaborate containment systems to keep them in line.
Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
Janson (Aiden Gillen) finds Minho at the train site. When they bring him back to WCKD headquarters, Minho is put in a simulation where he finds himself in the same maze he started in. He runs through it and finds himself being chased by a Griever. Minho is cornered by the Griever in the simulation while WCKD scientists are extracting his blood for finding a cure for the Flare virus. Overseeing all of this is Ava (Patricia Clarkson) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the latter who feels remorse for betraying Thomas and the others.
That's not, it should be noted, for lack of trying. The Death Cure is committed to moving things along at a clip to the point that there's basically no exposition whatsoever, which may throw people who didn't watch the first two Maze Runner movies (or just forgot what happened in them) for a bit of a loop. Luckily, there's nothing in the plot that can't be put together with a little patience and a few context clues. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, who represents humanity's last hope as one of a select few teenagers immune to the virus that sent the world into a tailspin. He's sought by WCKD, the government agency responsible for putting the maze in Maze Runner, as they believe they might be able to find a cure for the virus in his blood.
The first movie in the franchise kicks things off with a tremendous layer of mystery as a sleeping nameless teen wakes (Dylan O'Brien) inside an elevator racing to the top. While struggling to recall his identity, audiences are given one of the most blatant moments of heavy-handed exposition ever seen on film. The teen, who later realizes his name is Thomas, is literally given a tour of a primitive society of other boys living peacefully in "The Glades," which is surrounded by enormous stone walls that are part of an even larger maze. Certain parts of those walls open at specific times of the day, and a pair of "Runners" search the maze for a way out, which Thomas feels compelled to explore himself. Hence, the film's title and Thomas becoming the titular hero determined to solve life's biggest riddle:
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Thomas quickly becomes a threat to the idyllic community, and tensions rise higher when the first and only girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), is thrown into the mix. Even worse, Thomas's curiosity invites a horde of mechanical, bug-like creatures called Grievers, making a solution to the maze all the more challenging. Nevertheless, Thomas, Teresa and a small team of boys run the maze and survive one death trap after another. They soon stumble unto a laboratory where they learn they were once part of an experiment searching for a cure to an infectious virus called The Flare, which followed soon after a massive solar flare devastated the planet. This is where we first meet Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson), the scientist behind this elaborate endeavor, but before we're given a chance to learn more, a group of armed masked men rush in and takes the kids on a helicopter ride over a vast desert wasteland.
Breaking free of the concrete-fortified glades, the sequel picks up immediately after the events of the first movie with an explosive action sequence that leaves little time to breathe and catch one's bearings. Once the dust settles, the volatile opening finds Thomas (O'Brien) and his posse of resourceful survivors walled inside another concrete-fortified structure with even more tests and trials to perform before stumbling their way to another false sense of security and freedom. Only this maze features the more terrifying and perfidious labyrinth of human secrets and Machiavellian machinations, led by none other than Aidan "Littlefinger" Gillen. It doesn't take long before Thomas's curiosity, once again, leads his group head first into trouble while simultaneously discovering their gracious host is part of a mysterious organization known as WCKD, controlled by Ava Paige (Clarkson), who's still alive! (dun dun DUUUN!!)
All spoilers for The Maze Runner (2014) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are unmarked. You Have Been Warned!Every maze has an end.Thomas: How many kids do they need to round up, torture, kill? Huh? When the hell does this stop? Teresa: It stops when we find a cure. Thomas: There is no goddamn cure!
In The Death Cure, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all.