David S. Ellis
If youíve seen any of the FD films you know the formula: a bunch of young friends, one of whom has a premonition of an oncoming massacre. When he or she (he in this case) saves the group (and a few others along the way), Death gets angry and sets forth a course of overly complex killing methods, I suppose to make it all look like a freak accident?
Donít get me wrong. I absolutely loved the first Final Destination (in my top 10 horror flicks on MFC). The characters were distinct, performances were believable (for a horror film), the death scenes were suspenseful and the concept was refreshingly original. But unless they planned on retaining the filmís [surviving] characters and continuing with their storyline, there was no need for a sequel, let alone three.
This latest and apparently last incarnation has none of the strong points of the first film. The concept is no longer original. The acting is C movie quality at best, with performances and characters that are flatter than your twelve year old sister. Poor Mykelti Williamson, long removed from his days talkiní shrimp with Forrest Gump, is the lone recognizable face here- though Iím sure he would prefer no one notice.
So what of the death scenes? Well the opening scene is superb. Gloriously gory and over-the-top in the best of ways, reminding me of Ellis' previous effort, Snakes on a Plane. After that however, the routine gets old fast, as the script loses its sense of humor. If there is a saving grace here, its that it runs only 82 minutes, and the DVD comes with two pairs of 3-D glasses to help take your mind off the fact that The Final Destination is about as deep as a kiddie pool and as intelligent as a tree sloth.
Deleted Scenes (7:16) - About 8 scenes in all, mostly featuring extended or alternate versions of the death scenes. The ďbackpackingĒ scene features some of the most awkward and awful dialogue and acting that I have ever seen.
Alternate Endings (3:33) - Two of them. The first one again features dialogue so laughable it needs to be seen to be believed, and the second is so short and stupid that I think the editors were just playing around with some footage while bored one day and somehow snuck it onto the DVD.
Race car Crash (5:00) - A very cool feature, first we get the storyboards for the opening crash sequence (kinda boring), then the animatics (a little better), and then the finished product, shown with and without VFX (very cool).
Mall Explosion (6:04) - Same idea as the feature above, though not quite as cool.
Also comes with a Digital Copy (2-D version only) that Iím not letting anywhere near my computer.
Extra Tidbit: I am a sucker for easy puns.