On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly...
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On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare, Nick panics and persuades his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave. They escape seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one-in increasingly gruesome ways, Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination. The film is the first 3D installment in the highly popular "Final Destination" franchise.
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Carbon copying the already overly convoluted idea from the previous Final Destination movies, the latest, worst installment continues on the theme of one unlucky twentysomething being able to predict who's going to die and when; this time it's Nick. After attending a NASCAR race with his girlfriend Lori and their friends, Hunt and Janet, Nick has a premonition about an elaborate, horrific accident that threatens everyone present. Naturally, it comes true — and even though plenty of people die in the stands, Death (you know, the bogeyman) has only just begun. But Nick realizes that he might be able to save the survivors of that day by remembering the order in which they're supposed to die and warning them of their imminent demise. Unfortunately, though, not everyone believes him, and they carry on with their dangerous activities ... like going to a hair salon or — gulp! — through a carwash.
WHO'S IN IT?
Up-and-coming actor Bobby Campo plays the main pretty young thing, and he makes the best of what is ultimately an untenable and God-awful role to have to accept. Still, fresh faces capable of pulling off his part are a dime a dozen, and Destination's past leads, like Mary Elizabeth Winstead, at least left us feeling their fear. Supporting actresses Shantel VanSanten, as Lori, and Haley Webb, as Janet, are there for little more than eye candy and ear-shredding screams, while former MTV 'It' dude Nick Zano, as the obnoxious, clichéd — and obnoxiously clichéd — Hunt can't even provide the occasional comic relief for which he was brought on. The lone bright spot comes courtesy of an evidently desperate-for-work Mykelti Williamson (aka Bubba in Forrest Gump), who plays a widowed security guard, adding a shred of cred to the otherwise disposable cast (which includes a barely there Krista Allen).
Clocking in at a mercifully brisk hour and 15 minutes, the makers of TFD find one way to not essentially call us stupid: They know we want our scares quickly, and they deliver — except for actually scaring us. Aside from its running time, the aforementioned credible performance by Williamson is literally all the movie has going for it.
Wow, where to begin? Destination, another in a loooong line of wholly unnecessary sequels, is riddled with problems — from the are-you-kidding-me? "special" effects (even in 3-D) to the jaw-droppingly horrendous writing. Director David R. Ellis (helmer of the infinitely better Final Destination 2) should bear much of the blame. He seems uninterested in delivering anything that people go to the movies for; this Destination is nothing more than tenuously connected scenes of video-game-like deaths that try to one-up each other. And not one of the sequences is even mildly suspenseful or scary — just disturbing in the sense that some people will actually smirk in earnest at the cartoonishness of it all.
The writing, though, is the real culprit. Eric Bress' (also an FD2 alum) script is incredibly unimaginative, merely recycling similar but better executed scenarios from the three previous movies and swapping out the settings. With ideas so bad, Bress makes it abundantly clear that there's no inane death massacre left to explore at this point; it's basically a metaphorical surrender. And yet the dialogue is even worse — with stock, stereotypical block characters muttering it, to boot.
LEAST FAVORITE SCENE?
Not to completely give it away — lest we make the movie predictable! — but one of the death scenes is just so far beyond ridiculous that it transcends even sarcastic laughter. Hint: It involves water and it's about midway through the movie … if you dare stay that long.
Even if you're not a cinephile and you couldn't care less about things like character depth and plot development and you're looking for a very quick thrill, The Final Destination is well beneath you. It makes
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