D: James Wong
New Line/Hard Eight (Glen Morgan, James Wong, Craig Perry & Warren Zide)
US 🇺🇸 2006
W: Glen Morgan & James Wong
DP: Robert McLachlan
Ed: Chris G. Willingham
Mus: Shirley Walker
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Wendy), Ryan Merriman (Kevin), Kris Lemche (Ian), Alexz Johnson (Erin), Sam Easton (Frankie), Jesse Moss (Jason)
No aeroplane or traffic accident this time, in this third Final Destination film, it’s a roller coaster which the main character cheats death on, leading to more of the same from the previous two movies.
It’s difficult to care when the characters are so boring, but alas, it’s only 93 minutes of a waste of time.
I enjoyed the first Final Destination movie for bringing something new to the genre, but after two movies, the same formula gets tired and I can’t help but wonder if it needed to be a franchise at all. Clearly the studio did and wanted to squeeze every last penny out of it.
D: David R. Ellis
Warner Bros/New Line (Craig Perry & Warren Zide)
US 🇺🇸 2009
W: Eric Bress
DP: Glen MacPherson
Ed: Mark Stevens
Mus: Brian Tyler
Bobby Campo (Nick), Shantel VanSanten (Lori), Nick Zano (Hunt), Haley Webb (Janet), Mykelti Williamson (George), Krista Allen (Samantha)
You may very well hear the sound of the proverbial barrel being scraped in this fourth film of the Final Destination saga, which uses the stencil from the previous three movies, this time using a catastrophe at a motor racing event as the catalyst for death catching up with the survivors.
Mykelti Williamson adds some gravitas as the only adult amongst a cast of teens, but it’s really difficult to care about characters who are so one-dimensionally written, especially the lead (Bobby Campo) who inextricably becomes an expert on the concept of death after the calamitous opening sequence.
The concept was utilised well in the first film, but it really has been done to death here, which was clearly rushed through post-production to cash-in on the 3D gimmick which was all too abundant around the time of release.