“The Final Destination” Hopefully

Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy and Suspense/Horror
Running Time: 1 hr. 22 min.
Release Date: August 28th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, language and a scene of sexuality.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Directed by: David R. Ellis

JJ Rating: B

A very bad accident happens in the mind of a single person who realizes he has just seen the future. Nick (Bobby Campo) gets people to get up and leave the stadium before a big race car accident kills lots of people. But because they were supposed to die, Death goes after each one of them to finish the job. The Final Destination.

I am guessing it’s called THE Final Destination because it’s going to be the LAST one. Based on how this one went it should be the last one. I really love the entire series and the only reason I believe that this was a strong ending was because of the beginning and end credits. The beginning credits paid homage to the previous three movies and their deaths and the end was similar to the beginning. If I say more I ruin the ending. There is also a fantastic climax in this film. It’s only hour and twenty-two minutes. It doesn’t have a whole lot of time, but it does have slow parts. But when it gets towards the end in the mall it’s rapid fire and I think that that series of events made the movie so much better. It added excitement and the Final Destination flare that people love.

The Final Destination 3D was pretty awesome because of how some things made me jump and how some of the deaths looked. It was exciting to see it in 3D and I was not disappointed there. I think I might have enjoyed it less if there was no 3D. Some of the deaths stuck out more because of the 3D than what was actually going on. One of the deaths was more like an Urban Legend (and that was a film) than it was a Final Destination death. There was far less coincidence going on like how Death worked in the first three. The focus was less on how the death was going to come and more on something totally pointless. If I knew what that was I’d say it, but since I’m not in a good mood I can’t really waste my time on what it was that was focused on.

I did not like the race car scene set up. It was pretty week in comparison to the other three film’s beginnings. It lacked creativity and the deaths were bland. They killed off a lot of people that could have added more interesting deaths throughout the film. It was really weak and should they attempt this again (because there is a place in the film that this might be a spawn for another) they better get a different director and script writer. I don’t think either did a good job.

Normally there are two good actors in these movies and the two this time were Bobby Campo as Nick and Shantel VanSanten as his girlfriend Lori. They were decent and they did a good job. The rest were over the top and really just total horror actors and I can’t stand that.

Just a little flashback moment: in the first one they had actors that hailed from "Dawson's Creek" and "Rosewell" both were WB shows at the time. I guess there were teen stars from TV shows that are popular now that wanted to pop on in and die a movie fun death.

The Final Destination was good. It could have been way better, but what is-is and there’s not much I can do about it other than complain and right now I’m annoyed with lots of things, this not being too far up on that list. I did have fun watching it aside from seeing stupid parents with their kids there. This one mother walked out and had and argument with her teenager about how she was not watching this while the movie was going on. How do you not know what you’re seeing? If Child Protective Services wants to get bad parents just stand outside a Rated-R film for violence and gore or sex and take these parents in for questioning. The one that sat behind me had a 3, 7 and 11 year old with her and they were either complaining or talking and she told them to shut the hell up. People think viewing such movies do no harm to you…apparently they make you terrible parents. I better watch out.

The only reason I’ll own this movie is because of the credits, the end and the climax, oh and because it’s the last in the series. If you liked the first three then you’ll find this one entertaining enough. It’s not nearly as good as the others. If you’ve never seen the first three, don’t freakin’ bother with this one. Death is not kind when he slaughters and these people do get slaughtered. It truly was their Final Destination. Har.Har.

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