The trailer for the fourth instalment in the Final Destination
series is online, providing notification of the franchise’s tentative tiptoe into Days of Thunder
territory. It reveals that, this time around, the film’s major carnage-causing set-piece is being drawn from the exciting world of stock car racing. Woo!
Entitled The Final Destination
(what has happened to the noble art of sequel-titling recently? First Fast and Furious
, now this affront to imagination), the new trailer is infused with an inherent admission of what the Final Destination
films are all about, giving only the most perfunctory details of what is surely set to be the most perfunctory of plots, and instead focussing on all those lovely fateful mishaps. However, aside from the suitably ludicrous stock car smash-up - where a rogue nail prompts a Domino Rally
of destruction which manages to put paid to cars, drivers, spectators and even the stadium itself - it looks like the majority of the traumas will be of the decidedly everyday variety, with the gleaming, vapid young cast of crash test dummies being forced to fend off the advances of killer car washes, evil escalators, sadistic swimming pools and life-imperilling lawn mowers.
The tagline is the eyebrow-raising ‘Death Saved the Best for 3D’. Did he really? Is the clarity, realism and excitement of the Grim Reaper’s soul-harvesting really of grave concern to him? Apparently so.
But, of course, a bit of silliness is the FD
movies stock-in-trade and only adds to the OTT aspect on which the series is founded. And it is this latter element which seems in a trifle short supply in the trailer for The Final Destination
. With the prior films taking in such spectacular mass kill-fests as a plane crash and a colossal freeway pile-up, the promised deaths in this latest movie appear as if they might be a little low-key in comparison. And the entire film will surely once again suffer from the traditional FD
problem that it could all be edited it down to the eight minutes of gory, murderous highlights without any detriment to the enjoyment levels.