|Directed by||:||Wes Ball||Produced by||:||Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen||Screenplay by||:||T.S. Nowlin||Based on||:||The Death Cure by James Dashner||Starring||:||Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito||Cinematography||:||Gyula Pados||Production company||:||Gotham Group Temple Hill Entertainment|
Maze Runner: The Death Cure takes you on a zombified tour of Cape Town
There are a lot of reasons to be excited for Maze Runner: The Death Cure: it closes out the Maze Runner trilogy, it features plenty pretty people, and its opening marks the end of the teen dystopia phase kickstarted by The Hunger Games in 2012.
But if you’re a friend of Cape Town, there’s an extra reason to spend 2h23m watching a group of teens get miraculously rescued time and again. The film, set in what can be assumed is futuristic America, was shot almost entirely in the Mother City, and the filmmakers do not shy away from embracing local surroundings.
What results is a haphazard, CGI’d, zombified tour of Cape Town. And while the story may suffer for local audiences unused to seeing zombie fights break out in the Civic Centre, watching The Death Cure is like piecing together a fun puzzle of which places you recognise beneath the post-production cover-ups.
Minor spoilers ahead.
The Death Cure opens with an action-packed train chase amid fynbos and the Western Cape’s distinctive mountains, and moves slowly closer to the CBD, until finally Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his motley crew arrive somewhere around Tafelberg Road and gaze over a rundown city centre.