Runner: The Death Cure
This is the third and final installment, based on the book series
by James Dashner. It helps if
you've seen the first two, but if you haven't, you can still catch up
Sometime in a not-too-distant dystopian future, everything's broken
down. A huge virus has made
killer zombies out of everyone except those behind the walled city, and
there it's just a fascist police state, trying desperately to keep out the
destroyers. While they try to
figure out why a small handful of people seem to be immune to the dreaded
Meanwhile, there's a small band of the “immune” people who are
trying to free the rest of the immunes from captivity by the fascists, who
want to run extreme experiments to try to find the magic “life serum”
that will inoculate them. It's
the band of immunes that are our young, intrepid heroes.
They begin by attacking a train with a couple of ATVs (well, in
times of chaos, you have to improvise).
There's just a hint of romance within the group, but mostly they're
too busy trying to go up against the evil Empire while staying away from
the killer zombies. So we have
chase scenes, fight scenes, crash scenes, more daring rescues, and just to
spice things up a little, hints of betrayal from within.
Intentional or not, there are strong religious overtones.
The launch point is an abandoned cathedral, complete with a small
altar with candles featuring a portrait of Madonna and child.
The hero, Thomas (Dylan O' Brien) has it within him to save
everyone, but he seems to devote most of his attention to his own little
band of followers. The evil is
always lurking out there, but somehow Thomas is always able to elude their
clutches. At the end, he leads
them past the destruction of the evil ones, along with all the bad guys,
and takes them to Paradise: depicted
as a small, thriving, peaceful community by the seashore, where they sit
around the fire at night and sing Kum-Bah-Yah.
(Well, maybe without the singing.)
And, like the title says, they're cured from death.
The PG-13 rating is from the little bit of slang, and a lot of
violence, sometimes even to the good guys, who are all young, intelligent,
good-looking, brave, and resourceful, and no doubt all their children will
all be above average.