The Final Destination 3D
- Director:David R. Ellis
- Cast:Krista Allen, Shantel VanSanten, Mykelti Williamson, Nick Zano
- Release Date:October 15, 2009
- Running time:82 minutes
- Film Worth:$3.50
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A tired imitation of the first film in the series, the 3-D offers little to improve this vacuous and unnecessary sequel.
The Final Destination is the fourth in the series and, other than being shown in 3-D, has little to offer the franchise or indeed an audience. The original Final Destination was a creepy horror flick where someone saw a plane crash before it happened and escaped with others...only to have death itself chase the survivors, killing them off in clever and unexpected fashions. It was, in fact, a rather interesting post-modern slasher flick. It was followed by Final Destination 2, which, though lacking the creepiness of the first, still had jaw-dropping death scenes and an opening highway crash sequence nothing short of astounding. Final Destination 3 was a cheaper, poor imitation that really didn't do much other than kill time between mediocre death scenes.
That brings us to The Final Destination. The title would seem suggestive of a fresh start, but instead we get a goofy cartoon of a horror film. Starting with a mildly entertaining NASCAR accident, the film seems to at least try. After the opening, however, the various vacuous and frankly unpleasant characters just wait around to die. This wouldn't be so bad if the death scenes were good (like the first two), but they're all dodgy looking and cheap. Even the few interesting scenes are hampered by totally unnecessary CGI, which makes the whole caper seem like an overlong Road Runner cartoon.
All the elements were there in The Final Destination for a kick-arse horror flick, but the final product feels lame, lazy and cheap. Not even the fans will like this tepid bore-fest.