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September 4, 2009

When death comes calling

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 7:56 pm

September 04, 2009

Cast: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano

Direction: David R Ellis

Not very much has changed in terms of formula. The Final Destination, part four in the popular series of youth-death movies, once again follows a group of pretty young things who have escaped the opening scene disaster – in this case a freak accident at a motorcar race – only to be killed one by one as fate catches up with them.

Oh yes, what’s different here, is that this one’s in 3D by the way.

Not so much a film as it a series of gory death scenes strung together for maximum effect, The Final Destination brings no fresh ideas to the mix. What it does do however, is come up with some inventive new ways to bump off people that will look good in 3D.

So you have death by flying rubber tyre, you have death by ramming into speeding ambulance, you have death by falling hospital bathtub, even death by stone gorging out your eye.

The blood and gore quotient has been raised considerably in this film, making this an uncomfortable watch for anyone with a weak heart. But, if you’re looking simply for a guilty pleasure at the movies this week, an evening out with friends, it’s hard to think of a film better suited to 3D than The Final Destination.

With four-inch nails, screw-drivers and spanners, and assorted sharp objects flying around the place, it’s one hell of a cheesy, but occasionally enjoyable ride.

Don’t expect anything in terms of plot or acting; go in purely to be grossed out. Two out of five for The Final Destination. Be warned, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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