HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Assassin
Die, Mommie, Die!
All the Money in the World
Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, The
Black Panther
Children's Hour, The
Mayhem
Sphere
Guyver, The
Night School
Loveless
Ragtime
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Wound, The
Scalawag
Let's Get Harry
Girl with Green Eyes
Sunchaser, The
Tom Jones
Downsizing
Defiant Ones, The
Centerfold Girls, The
Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The
120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Police Academy 3: Back in Training
Safe Place, A
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Cargo
Entertainer, The
   
 
Newest Articles
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
Help! with The Knack: Richard Lester in 1965
Roll Up, Get Yer Free Cinema: The Shorts on the BFI Woodfall Blu-rays
Time for Heroes: The Dam Busters and How I Won the War
Hell is a City: Midnight Cowboy and Taxi Driver
Boris Goes Bonkers, Bela Goes Bats: The Old Dark House and Mark of the Vampire
Charles Bronson's Mid-70s: Breakheart Pass and Others
Kids in America: The Breakfast Club vs Metropolitan
80s Dance-Off: Staying Alive vs Murder-Rock vs Breakin'
The Cinematic Darkside of Donald Crowhurst
Dutch Courage: The Flodder Series
Coming of Age: Boys on Film 18 - Heroes on DVD
Country and Irish - The secret history of Irish pop culture
Wash All This Scum Off the Streets: Vigilante Movies
   
 
  Final Destination, The The End - AgainBuy this film here.
Year: 2009
Director: David R. Ellis
Stars: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb, Mykelti Williamson, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Justin Wellborn, Stephanie Honore, Lara Grice, Jackson Walker, Phil Austin, William Aguillard, Brendan Aguillard, Juan Kincaid
Genre: Horror
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Nick (Bobby Campo) has opted to spend the day watching cars race with his friends, including girlfriend Lori (Shantel VanSanten), although her pal Janet (Haley Webb) would rather have visited the cinema. Her boyfriend Hunt (Nick Zano) on the other hand is very keen to be there, mainly because he relishes seeing crashes at the track, but so far he has been disappointed. However, Nick begins to wonder if the seating area they are in is entirely safe, as there seem to be cracks forming around them, and when one of the cars does indeed crash...

If you'd seen one of the previous three Final Destination efforts then you'd know exactly what was going to happen, which was a problem here as the producers had evidently hit upon what they believed to be a winning formula but that did not offer much leeway for the characters to do anything but travel along the tracks the script had set out for them. So it all happened much as it had before: the premonition of the big accident, in this case a disaster at the race track, followed by the accident actually occurring with the lead characters escaping with their lives, and then death itself catching up with them.

You could argue that for a movie so intent on having its characters try and utterly fail to cheat fate it was all too fitting that the way this played out would be so predictable, but at least before some imagination had gone into the setpieces, whereas here it was strictly, whoops, something's fallen over for the umpteenth time and triggered the accident. It could be the non-inclusion of the series mascot Tony Todd for the first time since the franchise began jinxed it - this was after all a very superstitious series in its modern fashion - but the fact remained this was a big success at the box office where it was presented in 3D.

Whether anyone who went to see it back then really remembers much about it now would be more debatable, as even with the more novel deaths the sense of been there, done that hung heavily over proceedings. Back at the plot, Nick and company avoid their demise at the track but thereafter he gets these further premonitions which fool him into thinking he can do something to prevent them happening. Prior to this you could get the impression the writers were making up their own rules, so anything could happen (although what did happen were novelty deaths), but with part four - the numeral missing because they wrongly claimed this was the last one - there was a grinding lack of surprise.

Even when you were meant to be surprised, with such previous gags as the sudden destruction of oblivious character by motor vehicle replayed here to far less effect. Some thought had gone into the others, but the sole one to stand out was where someone gets their guts sucked out by a swimming pool drain, which had the neat air of an urban myth; otherwise, it was more things falling over, apparently nudged by an unseen hand. In a rather desperate move, the central premise of seeing the disaster before it happens which kicked off each of the movies was reused for the climax, less audacious and more the product of a scarcity of real originality, though setting this in a cinema showing a 3D flick was evidence of some degree of wit, even if it's not all that amusing. So The Final Destination puttered along, bumping people off, hitting its marks and underwhelming in the way an idea which was played out can. Nevertheless, a fifth instalment appeared a couple of years later. Music by Brian Tyler.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 842 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Enoch Sneed
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
  Jamie Nichols
Andrew Pragasam
George White
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
   

 

Last Updated: