Urban Legends: Final Cut
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Set on the campus of a snooty film school, a bunch of students find themselves competing against one another in an attempt to win a prestigious award given out each year for best amateur film. An aspiring director (Jennifer Morrison) comes up with the brilliant idea of creating a horror flick in which a serial killer executes his victims based on fictitious urban legends. Just when everything seems to be going fine, members of her crew start getting murdered by a real life serial killer. Is this a case of life imitating art? Read on.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In the immortal words of one Joey Lawrence: "Whoa! This movie sucks!" Given that the original film was moderately (and I use that term very loosely) successful, was there really a need for such a wretched sequel? The movie seems to borrow the whole "real life or fiction?" concept from SCREAM 3 and beat it mercilessly over the head with bad writing and sub-mediocre acting. You know a movie is bad when you find yourself falling asleep halfway through the story, and this is supposed to be edge of your seat slasher! Thank goodness this was a DVD because once I woke up, I reluctantly resumed watching the rest of the movie (which I would later regret). The story seems to be hastily put together with no real suspense or thrills to keep the viewer interested. It’s like an endless string of horribly predictable murders and we’re just waiting for the inevitable denouement and revelation of the killer’s identity.
In terms of acting, I actually enjoyed the performance of the story’s heroine, Morrison, whose combination of good looks and solid acting chops were probably the movie’s only redeeming quality. Anthony Anderson once again plays the token "dumbass goofball" role, one he’s played countless times before in ROMEO MUST DIE and ME, MYSELF & IRENE. Yeesh, talk about type casting. As for Joseph " Joey" Lawrence, he was surprisingly decent in his small supporting role. And a slasher genre film wouldn’t be complete without the mandatory killer’s monologue once they’ve been unmasked and this flick is no different. Although I won’t reveal who the murderer is, I can tell you that the ending of the movie had me laughing out loud at how ridiculous a choice it was. Unless you’re a hardcore slasher and horror film buff, don’t even bother with this mindless, awful mess.
The major highlight of the DVD is the inclusion of no less than 7 deleted scenes with optional commentary from the director himself. The scenes are all very short in nature, running 1-2 minutes, and were trimmed for timing purposes. Sadly, there’s nothing really particularly gory in any of the scenes, they’re there mostly for "character" development. They mercifully included a brief 3 minute "Making Of" featurette which is basically an extended trailer spliced with interviews from some of the actors featured in the flick. Take my advice and skip this one entirely. On the DVD, you’ll also 5 minute gag reel which features some of the funnier moments and screw-ups that took place during filming. In all fairness, some of the stuff they put on the reel was actually pretty good and I’d suggest checking this little option out. Rounding out the extras are talent files, production notes and trailers for this movie, the original URBAN LEGEND as well as I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and its sequel. On a closing note, the menus are quite crappy, offering no animation or sound.
When reviewing a DVD, if the movie is particularly lackluster, a wide array of excellent added features can often salvage an otherwise worthless title. This was not the case with his disc, believe me. With Urban Legends: Final Cut, we get an awful movie and some all too brief extras, making for one sorry ass DVD. Save your money kids, and avoid this one altogether.