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Final Destination 4 (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: David R. Ellis

Starring:
Bobby Campo/Nick
Shantel VanSanten/Lori
Nick Zano/Hunt
Haley Webb/Janet
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Group of kids cheat death at the race track - death comes back to collect - two fold.
THE LOWDOWN
James Wong and David Ellis have been playing evil musical chairs with the FINAL DESTINATION franchise for a bit now (Can I join in?). Wong did the somber and chilling Part 1, Ellis did the brash and loud Part 2, Wong then came back and shat out the inferior Part 3 and now its Ellis’ turn for another shotgun blast at Death. The dealio? Read on!

I had high hopes for FINAL DESTINATION 4 (or THE FINAL DESTINATION as they call it – stupid title), just cause David Ellis was at the helm – the shit that dude pulled off in Part 2 blew my nuts to dust in the wind. That opening highway, car mash-up is one of the best motor vehicle accidents ever put to celluloid in my opinion. Alas FD4 never measured up to Ellis’ last dance with Death. Now don’t get me wrong, this fourth installment was fairly harmless and made for an easy time waster. The pacing was quick clipped, the "f*ck yeah inducing" deaths were inventive, over the top, grisly as f*ck and mean spirited (that bit with the tire OWNED me) and the bleak sense of humor that arose now and again rubbed me the right way. Moreover I saw this f*cko in 3D and yes that did jack up my enjoyment factor. I’m not talking MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D fun times here, the film wasn’t as clever or consistent as the latter in terms of using the 3D gimmick for maximum horror whoopass; but it had its “shite flying at ya and making ya wince” slick moments. With that on the table; sue me and nail my lawyer in the poop-shoot, I STILL expected more than the basics from this one…

Where the f*ck did the story go???? Like really? Where did it go??? Out to lunch with Hollywood's integrity? Part 1 and Part 2 had a story that went beyond the set up. Shit, they even had random characters that actually felt like people instead of full on paper-cut outs with the words DENSE and VICTIM stamped on their foreheads. WHAT HAPPENED? When did this franchise get so damn lazy (oh yeah at Part 3 that’s where)? Part 4 makes your bottom of the barrel slasher fare look like high IQ cinema and taking into account its roots (Part 1 and 2) that’s a damn shame. It takes more than a tacky “lead has premonitions of how folks will die” schtick to fill out a narrative. Well to me it does anyways. And it didn’t end there: the sometimes barf inducing dialogue, shoddy characterization and dumb character moves (one lead character died and his buds never acknowledged that he's "gone"…uh?) also stank up the joint. Come on man! Finally, the casting went from bang on (Nick Zano was a blast as the poon hunting a-hole), to uneven (Bobby Campo wasn’t always credible but to his defense he had the worse lines) to just plain bland (most of the chick roles didn’t come out winners). Am I the only one that misses name talent in his franchise? Bring Ali Larter and Dewon Sawa back already! Shite I’ll even take the great Tony Todd in his admittedly useless role again! The whole teen actor of the week thing in this series is getting older than my drivel. I know they're cheaper than name talent but hey... you get what you pay for man...

Yup, even though I got some cheap kicks out of this one, I still hope it IS the LAST Final Destination. They’re obviously out of gas and are now just aiming for the minimum: basic premise – groovy deaths – everything else...who cares. If there’s a Part 5... I say slap it Straight to DVD... unfortunately that’s where this franchise belongs now. Check and the waitress' ass please! I'm out!
GORE
I was entertaining giving away the kills here and I figured I shouldn’t being that they are pretty much the ONLY reason to see this lethargic sequel. But mark my words; it gets UBER UGLY here, with folks crushed, dismembered, burned alive, impaled and much, MUCH more! A hoot!
T & A
We get a tit shot (fake tits…so meh on my end) and lots of bikini loving (in 3D no less... try to grab some ass... I did). The ladies get Nick Zano shirtless. UPDATE: Got an e-mail from somebody close to the production telling me that the main tit shot was all about real bouncies - hence I stand corrected - them puppies were genuine Ts. God bless...
BOTTOM LINE
FD4 was granted lots of fun, but also a tad too dumb and half cocked for this jack-twat. It takes more than a proven initial premise and a 3D gimmick to make a solid horror sequel. I hear a story that goes beyond its initial premise, characters you can root for and dialogue that doesn’t make your butt bleed also helps. I guess the makers of FD4 didn’t get that memo. Part 4 is a shadow of what Part 1 and 2 were and it makes Part 3 look like a full film. On the flip side, thankfully Ellis didn’t hold back with the party favors! The crazy kills were a f*cking blast, the blood flowed freely and the whole made for a quickie and okay McWatch. Your call amigos!
BULL'S EYE
Eric Bress who penned FD 2 also wrote this one.

This is the first FD movie that wasn't shot in Vancouver, BC. It was shot in Louisiana, Alabama and FLorida USA

Word has it that this one went through the re-shoot ringer. It showed.

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6:01PM on 08/25/2011

Final Destination 4: Review

Final Destination 4 is a terrible film. The story is dull, the characters are dull and the death sequences in this film is so lazy. Theres one death scene were a lawn more goes over a rock and hits the girl in the eye and she dies...its so stupid!! Overall another terrible final destination film and hopes it's the last one. I would recommend not to go see this film.
Final Destination 4 is a terrible film. The story is dull, the characters are dull and the death sequences in this film is so lazy. Theres one death scene were a lawn more goes over a rock and hits the girl in the eye and she dies...its so stupid!! Overall another terrible final destination film and hopes it's the last one. I would recommend not to go see this film.
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7:01AM on 08/12/2011
I hated this one. The acting was horrible and to me, the kills were lame (the pool scene... c'mon now!) and hardly suspenseful. At least there was some proper buildup with the other three. Part of the thrill is trying to figure out just how it is going to go down. I am rather excited for the next one but this entry nearly killed my interest in the franchise! Shame.
I hated this one. The acting was horrible and to me, the kills were lame (the pool scene... c'mon now!) and hardly suspenseful. At least there was some proper buildup with the other three. Part of the thrill is trying to figure out just how it is going to go down. I am rather excited for the next one but this entry nearly killed my interest in the franchise! Shame.
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8:41PM on 03/18/2010

I hope this is "The Final Destination".

I thought the third movie was the best way to end the series. But nope, New Line Cinema wanted another "FD" for better or worse in 3-D!

I did liked the opening sequence of the movie and i also loved the car-wash sequence was the best. The problem with this movie is the characters are less appealing in this one.

I did like the unknowns as the lead. The only real "actor" was Mykelti Williamson in the movie, he was good. I was glad, it was short as well. Also the director didn't make it too
I thought the third movie was the best way to end the series. But nope, New Line Cinema wanted another "FD" for better or worse in 3-D!

I did liked the opening sequence of the movie and i also loved the car-wash sequence was the best. The problem with this movie is the characters are less appealing in this one.

I did like the unknowns as the lead. The only real "actor" was Mykelti Williamson in the movie, he was good. I was glad, it was short as well. Also the director didn't make it too obivious that you are watching a 3-D movie.

I am sure, it was pretty entertaining in theaters. Most of the 3-D effects does work well in Blu-ray. It was an watchable fourth movie but overall, it is the least sastifying of the four movies, just the same.
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9:57PM on 09/15/2009
While I did appreciate the no-nonsense straight-to-the-goods mentality, the whole process was menial.
The effects in the premonition were terrible and the kill were pedestrian, the whole sense of fun was missing from this film.
On the acting, as a horror fan I generally expect bad acting, but this was rather painful. I'm sure the actors didn't have much to work with as there wasn't even a basic story structure, but the other three films have generally had several likable actors (the only
While I did appreciate the no-nonsense straight-to-the-goods mentality, the whole process was menial.
The effects in the premonition were terrible and the kill were pedestrian, the whole sense of fun was missing from this film.
On the acting, as a horror fan I generally expect bad acting, but this was rather painful. I'm sure the actors didn't have much to work with as there wasn't even a basic story structure, but the other three films have generally had several likable actors (the only female I've liked was Mary Elizabeth Winstead in FD3), whereas the only person I felt anything for in this one was the character of George.
If this is a preview of how low the series can go, I'll take this insipid sequel as a coda rather than prolong the suffering.
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3:49AM on 09/05/2009
The only things that I liked about this were the kills, and, no, I didn't get to see it in 3D... dammit.

Beyond that, I didn't give a crap about most of the characters, and there was no story here.

If there's a FD5, they should end it on a bang with THAT one and pretend FD4 never happened. Cause, for the most part, this movie blows and is not the finale that this otherwise worthwhile series deserves.

Hell, even FD3 was better then this.
The only things that I liked about this were the kills, and, no, I didn't get to see it in 3D... dammit.

Beyond that, I didn't give a crap about most of the characters, and there was no story here.

If there's a FD5, they should end it on a bang with THAT one and pretend FD4 never happened. Cause, for the most part, this movie blows and is not the finale that this otherwise worthwhile series deserves.

Hell, even FD3 was better then this.
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5:56PM on 09/02/2009

Just got back...

and boy, are my arms tired, from waving them around going, "WHY WHY WHY!" Such a great franchise to go out with such a bad, flat, whimper. Flat acting, flat directing, flat 3D, and worst of all, flat deaths, I mean... come on! I was really hoping this new 3D crazy would leave behind the "Here, have this knife" (JAMS it into the camera) garbage. MBV3D had hardly any of those moments. TFD was just riddled with it. I guess I'll get over it eventually, but for now... BOOOOO!!!!
and boy, are my arms tired, from waving them around going, "WHY WHY WHY!" Such a great franchise to go out with such a bad, flat, whimper. Flat acting, flat directing, flat 3D, and worst of all, flat deaths, I mean... come on! I was really hoping this new 3D crazy would leave behind the "Here, have this knife" (JAMS it into the camera) garbage. MBV3D had hardly any of those moments. TFD was just riddled with it. I guess I'll get over it eventually, but for now... BOOOOO!!!!
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8:46PM on 08/31/2009
I will have to unfortunately say that this is by far the weakest entry of the series, the most predictable, corny and even the 3D technology wasn't that great and I think they have alot of room for improvement on the 3D technology because it's just underwhelming alot of the times, make it intense! I thought the characters were ok and weren't that annoying and were pretty likable but the acting wasn't that great either. The kills this time around weren't that impressive at all and were
I will have to unfortunately say that this is by far the weakest entry of the series, the most predictable, corny and even the 3D technology wasn't that great and I think they have alot of room for improvement on the 3D technology because it's just underwhelming alot of the times, make it intense! I thought the characters were ok and weren't that annoying and were pretty likable but the acting wasn't that great either. The kills this time around weren't that impressive at all and were predictable and the special effects is the weakest of all movies and it's a shame that they didn't really embrace the 3D technology and it's pathetic that the 3D part didn't do it justice and make it rise above the other sequels and it still ended up being the under performer. This is the hugest disappointment of the summer to me because it makes me lose faith in the series and if this is the closure of the series it definitely didn't go out with a bang by any means. The only thing it still kind of has is that entertaining, fun charm about it that the other ones had too but it's definitely fading away and it's just becoming pointless and not worth your time. Wait for rental!
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1:05PM on 08/31/2009
I'm thoroughly convinced that the screenwriters of this franchise have no clue what to do with it anymore. I mean, the characters of this movie use the exact same tactics used in the first movie as an attempt to "cheat" death, which ultimately throws away any possible tension and/or suspense through out because we already know that those tactics simply won't work. Meh. Terrible script. Incredibly dull dialogue. Uninteresting characters. Passable acting. The saving grace of this film would
I'm thoroughly convinced that the screenwriters of this franchise have no clue what to do with it anymore. I mean, the characters of this movie use the exact same tactics used in the first movie as an attempt to "cheat" death, which ultimately throws away any possible tension and/or suspense through out because we already know that those tactics simply won't work. Meh. Terrible script. Incredibly dull dialogue. Uninteresting characters. Passable acting. The saving grace of this film would simply have to be the combination of the 3D effects and the kill sequences, which I suppose at this point in a franchise that's all I can ask for. 6/10
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10:10AM on 08/31/2009
Same plot as the other ones, but it was 3D. Good enough i guess.
Same plot as the other ones, but it was 3D. Good enough i guess.
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4:23PM on 08/30/2009

There's still live in this franchise

PedrazaYou know what?, the main question here is: did you have a great time with TFD? by your review sounds like you do so that alone makes me want to see it. I don't expect anything less from a FD movie than crazy kills and amazing first premonition, in that respect this sequel deserves all the money its making at the box office right now, it didnt ... Leer msbetrayed its main audience with overly explanations and stupid character exposition, we DON'T care about this people, we just want them
PedrazaYou know what?, the main question here is: did you have a great time with TFD? by your review sounds like you do so that alone makes me want to see it. I don't expect anything less from a FD movie than crazy kills and amazing first premonition, in that respect this sequel deserves all the money its making at the box office right now, it didnt ... Leer msbetrayed its main audience with overly explanations and stupid character exposition, we DON'T care about this people, we just want them to die in horrible ways, sick? yeah but thats the truth about this franchise.
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1:25PM on 08/30/2009

I agree.

As usual i agree with you. I always tend to agree with you becuase we have a very similar taste in movies so your the only reviewer i truly listen too.
Anyways i gave the a 2 cause i did have a LOT of dumb fun and that escalator scene got me. The "premonition dude" was kind of hot, but his acting was VERY wooden in my opinion.
But the story was NONEXISTANT. The characters were so not likable or developed. I loved the first film cause it was scary and i got to know the characters.
As usual i agree with you. I always tend to agree with you becuase we have a very similar taste in movies so your the only reviewer i truly listen too.
Anyways i gave the a 2 cause i did have a LOT of dumb fun and that escalator scene got me. The "premonition dude" was kind of hot, but his acting was VERY wooden in my opinion.
But the story was NONEXISTANT. The characters were so not likable or developed. I loved the first film cause it was scary and i got to know the characters. Two was pretty good, and I used to dislike 3, but after this one, I have got a much higher respect for 3.
Overall, this sequel was dumb fun.
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