The Final Destination
Review by Jack Foley
FOUR films in and The Final Destination franchise has finally gone 3D. Good job, too, as the gimmickry surrounding that medium does mask the fact that this is a franchise that’s rapidly running out of steam.
David R Ellis’ second stab at the franchise (after Final Destination 2) is a fun if increasingly tiresome outing that sticks to formula.
A group of friends cheat death at a race track and spend the rest of their time attempting to outrun the Grim Reaper.
As ever, most of the creativity seems to have been invested in the elaborate set-ups surrounding each death, with a check out by suction and another at the hands of a flying stone among the more memorable.
But less emphasis is placed on creating characters worth caring about as the leads this time are a particularly bland bunch whose demise becomes a countdown to the inevitable.
Bobby Campo and Shantel Vansanten deliver each scream with conviction but never really convince as credible people (more stereotypes), while even more established stars such as Mykelti Williamson seem to have given in to the notion that performance plays second fiddle.
Admittedly, the film does display a knowing sense of its own absurdity and the dark humour is often as sick as the gore itself – all heightened by the 3D experience.
But even fans of the franchise may lament the sheer predictability that has stripped the films of any real tension or chill factor.
Perhaps it’s time to lay this one to rest.
Running time: 80mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: December 28, 2009