Opened Jan 19 – Director: Wes Ball (Maze Runner 1&2), Starring: Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually – all grown up!), Dylan O’Brian, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan).
This is the final instalment in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian trilogy. I didn’t see the first two, but here is my take: I actually enjoyed it – and nobody is more surprised than I. Enough that I decided to both review it, as well as go back and have a peek (at least) at the first one…I have a suspicion it will be pretty good…
Tommy, Newt and Brenda are determined to break into the fortress city where their friend and comrade-in-arms, Minho, is being held and used by scientists working in the fortified labs of what remains of the government to try and develop a cure for “Flare”, a virus that has decimated two-thirds of the world’s population, turning them into (wait for it) flesh-eating zombies. But there’s more to it than that.
Now, here’s what I’m thinking: if the third one is not bad at all. There’s a few of those “Just kill him!” moments (where the baddie decides to savour his pending victory, instead of finishing his enemy off), but it was balanced by very good CGI and action sequences. So I reckon the first one has to be even better – and I’m willing to give it a go.
If you have any teenagers in your life, this would be a good one to take them to see. The crowd I was with seemed mostly teens and they seemed to enjoy it…and you could certainly do a lot worse things in 140mins.
RATING: 2.5 out of 5