The Final Destination

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The Final Destination

Post by Remo D » Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:49 pm

Well, there's not too terribly much to say about this fourth installment that you don't know already. It's got everything you can expect from a FINAL DESTINATION film (except for Tony Todd). It's got everything you can expect from a 3-D movie (remember when the THIRD one was supposed to be the 3-D one, though?). It's complete and total formula all the way, with a few elements worthy of note...

As you might imagine, the opening disaster is super-spectacular... and this time, so are the opening titles (all the best 'accidents' from previous entries seen in X-ray mode!).

There's quite an interesting emphasis on racism this time around... the characters involved are utterly stereotypical, but the method of dispatch (and the tune on the soundtrack) are pleasingly confrontational. Too bad that they didn't quit while they were ahead... later on, a peripheral character berates a Chinese extra ("Do you know how many of your kind I killed in Korea?") for no apparent reason whatsoever. There aren't any more inspired/tasteless soundtrack selections, and they've apparently run out of horror directors to name characters after, too.

For the first half, the "accidents" are as clever and splattery as you could wish, but as I hinted with Part Three (remember, this isn't Part Four, it's simply "THE" movie... sheesh...), the well has come dangerously close to drying up completely. The movie's biggest mistake is an ill-advised attempt to recreate the "bus" moment from the original... this time, it simply CLUNKS, as do other would-be-startling moments. There's an attempt to regain the bravura, and at least one more ultra-sick demise, but it's all for naught, as we know that the filmmakers are just going to reboot the movie any time they feel like it. Nor, after all this time, have they mastered the art of the satisfying ending (Part Two excelled by making the sickest joke possible out of it).

That said, it's still probably going to whale on Rob Zombie's H2, and despite being the resident chronicler of all things Zombie, I'm all for that.

Just do yourself a favor and ONLY see TFD in 3-D.
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Post by Chris Slack » Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:27 pm

I thought it was better than the third one but not on the same level as the second. There was definitely enough gimmicky 3d stuff to make it an enjoyable watch though :)
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Post by DylanDog » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:13 pm

I've yet to like even one entry in this series, yet I'll probably go see this just for the 3D.
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Post by MetalGoddess » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:49 am

We were gravely disappointed in this one. Very predictable. I had to try and keep metalgrrl from laughing so I could try to be scared. :cheers:
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Post by DylanDog » Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:16 am

Nah, man, just go with it. I actually enjoyed this one the most of the bunch exactly because it was funny. It seemed to not take itself seriously at all and was much better off for it.
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Post by Darth Tanner » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:23 pm

Here is I am dropping in to catch up on posts again:) I saw this one on opening weekend along with H2 and thought it was a blast. The 3-D effects were some of the best I've ever seen. Aside from that it was exactly the same premise as the other films. For the record I thought this one was better than the last one, but I still think the first two are the best.
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