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March 17 Release, 2000, Final Destination ** 1/2

March 17, 2008

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What if you could predict your death and save your life? What about the lives of your friends? In the past 8 years there have been 3 Final Destination films with the 4th in production . The series is not the top notch of horror films but is still good entertainment.

Final Destination, directed by James Wong (who also produced part 3 of the series) is the story of Alex having a premonition that the plane he and his friends have boarded explodes mid air. After panicking, he and several friends, that believe what he is saying, deboard and watch as their friends die. But death catches up with them one by one. The premise is fun and the horror is in the everyday action that leads to traumatic death.

Final Destination 2, directed by Snakes on a Plane director David Ellis (also is producing part 4 of the series) starts with new characters. Kimberly Corman, who upon a road trip, has a premonition of a major car accident, changes course and saves the lives of her friends and passengers of several other cars. The same chaos as in part one ensues with death catching up to them. However, as a part two, the film remains fresh. The soul survivor in part one returns to help them survive but is really not a necessary character. She does provide some story explanation to the new characters but otherwise, I could have done without her. Again while not being the best horror movie ever made, the storyline is entertaining in that it takes something that could happen to any of us and turns it into a nightmare.

In Final Destination 3, Wong returns to direct the goriest of the stories with a nightmarish rollercoaster premonition. In comparison to 2, Wong’s return was not helpful to the series as the premonition concept became old. The twist of having the photos of the night as a way to survive helps breath life into the movie, but overall, feels dull.

My hope for Final Destination 4 is that Ellis will revive the series. The movie is set to be released in early 2009 but as of right now is still in production. There are rumors that perhaps the film will be in 3-D which will be exciting! The film supposedly involves a race car crash. Hmm. Sounds close to 2. We shall see.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2008 8:32 pm

    Yah I am pretty excited to see if they can make part 4 good..A great actor from Dance of The Dead (Justin Welborn) will be in it..so I am stoked.

  2. May 18, 2008 7:51 pm

    I LOVE this series. Part two is a classic !!!
    The freeway accident was soooo hardcore.
    Not a big fan of three, (you are right, it was
    not a total loss). I bought it only to complete
    my collection though… LOL ! Can’t wait for
    “4”. This is the first I’ve heard of it, and I am
    stoked !

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