Thursday, August 11, 2011

"The Final Destination" is Free Death Porn

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 68 (of 2011) by Leroy Douresseaux

The Final Destination (2009)
Running time: 82 minutes (1 hour, 22 minutes)
MPAA – R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, language and a scene of sexuality
DIRECTOR: David R. Ellis
WRITERS: Eric Bress (based on characters created by Jeffrey Reddick)
PRODUCERS: Craig Perry and Warren Zide
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Glen MacPherson (director of photography)
EDITOR: Mark Stevens
COMPOSER: Brian Tyler


Starring: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb, Mykelti Williamson, Krista Allen, and Andrew Fiscella

The Final Destination is a 2009 supernatural horror film and is also the fourth film in the Final Destination film series. The Final Destination takes place three years after the events of Final Destination 3 (2006), which began with the “Devil’s Flight roller coaster accident.” Once again, a group of teens survive an accident in which none of them were meant to survive, so Death stalks them one by one, killing them in elaborately-staged and bizarre accidents.

The Final Destination begins with four young friends enjoying car racing at McKinley Speedway. One of them, Nick O’Bannon (Bobby Campo), has a premonition of a terrible car crash that leads to the deaths of several people, including him and his friends. Nick persuades his girlfriend, Lori Milligan (Shantel VanSanten), and their friends, Janet Cunningham (Haley Webb) and Hunt Wynorski (Nick Zano), to leave. There is indeed a horrendous multi-car crash that leads to death and devastation, but Nick, his friends, and several other people who were supposed to die survive.

Sometime, after the crash, Nick hears that a few of the survivors have been killed in bizarre accidents. He also discovers that there were other disasters in which one of the survivors had a premonition which saved lives. When he learns that those survivors died one by one in strange accidents, Nick starts to believe that Death is also stalking the survivors of the McKinley Speedway crash. Nick and Lori join another survivor, security guard George Lanter (Mykelti Williamson), and set out to break the chain of deaths and hopefully save as many lives as possible. But does Nick really understand how this game of Death works?

The Final Destination is like other Final Destination films – full of mayhem, desperation, death, blood, and mutilated bodies, but this movie isn’t just another gory horror flick. Every time I thought The Final Destination was turning to crap, something inventive, creepy, surprising, and/or shocking pulled me right back into the movie.

The characters are weak and are barely interesting and few of them are even likeable. It is not so much that you care about them; it’s just that you only anticipate the next horrible depiction of violent and bizarre death every time they are on screen. So, the movie works even without having at least one outstanding character, although Mykelti Williamson as George and Andrew Fiscella as the mechanic Andy Kewzer stand out by making something of the nothing the screenplay gives them.

The Final Destination is fun and has the best ending since the original film. It makes me look forward to the next installment.

6 of 10

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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