I've always been a fan of the Final Destination
movies, for me they're just good old fashioned fun horror movies, so when it was announced that there was going to be another installment in the series i felt a trickle of excitement tease out of the corner of my mouth, after all this is the franchise that has continually given us more inventive and gory kills with each film, so how will the latest fair?
Well first The Final Destination
is directed by Final Destination 2's
David R. Ellis, you know, the one with the logs? which is personally my favourite of the previous trilogy. Here we have the setup being a Nascar style oval race and the usual teens on a date, one of which has 'visions' during the race, freaks out and convinces his friends to leave along with some agrieved bystanders.
The next hour is spent with freaked out lead Nick O'Bannon (Bobby Campo) trying to convince his girlfriend and friends that they need to figure out a way to cheat Death and break the cycle.
There are again some impressively inventive deaths, although these are normally part of the visions with the actual deaths a bit of a letdown and on more than one occaision deaths copied from the previous films BUT this doesn't detract from a movie that is still having a blast killing off the typical sorority babes, lunk heads and extraneous cast members with aplomb.
The trump card with The Final Destination
is the 3D, which takes the ideas used in last years surprisingly enjoyable romp My Bloody Valentine 3D
and ramps them up but its also well used in quieter times, adding depth and and eerie sense of impending danger to Ellis film that your archaic 2D couldn't.
It's far from perfect, the gaping hole that is left by ignoring at least 3 of the deaths that should've been in the cycle is a glaring mistake and never explained but on the whole its a solid 7/10 for me and the 3rd best film of the series.