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The Final Destination Review

Written by: By: Subhadeep Bhattacharjee
Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 11:41 [IST]

The Final Destination Review
[an error occurred while processing this directive]First things first The Final Destination is in 3D this time. And just in case you haven't seen any of its three predecessors and don't know what this: According to the premise, those who cheat death will get their mortal comeuppance. David R. Ellis returns to direct the franchise after James Wong called the shots in the Final Destination 3. Eric Bress also makes a comeback as a writer after missing out on the in the last part of the franchise.

Nick O'Bannon (Bobby Campo) has a premonition of a car crash which sends debris into the audience, killing almost everyone present in the 180 section. In a panic Nick convinces his girlfriend Lori Milligan (Shantel VanSanten), and friends Hunt Wynorski (Nick Zano) and Janet Cunnigham (Haley Webb) to leave, with them being followed by a handful of others who become angry with Nick after he pushes past them to escape. Security guard George Lanter (Mykelti Williamson) intervenes when the catastrophe Nick had foreseen occurs.

After a memorial service two of the spectators who followed Nick and his friends die violently in freak accidents. Before their deaths, Nick had seen omens of clues how they would die. Hearing about their deaths on the news, Nick and Lori begin doing research, and learn about the disasters that occurred in the previous three films (the explosion of Flight 180, highway pile-up of Route 23, and roller coaster derailment in McKinley, Pennsylvania) and discover that the survivors began dying in a series of improbable accidents shortly afterwards. While Hunt and Janet refuse to believe them, Nick and Lori manage to convince George that death is after them and the trio begin trying to warn other survivors.

With all the criticism there are few inspired moments in the movie too with a series of accidents in the crowded theatre results in nervous giggles for those attending. But special effects alone can never make a movie go a long with a poor screenplay. One problem the movie suffers from is that with every scene director David R. Ellis. Every tries to outdo the previous one. The movie has a bit of sense of humour but is predictable most of the times. The franchise might have gone 3-D but most of the actors are very one dimensional with their acting.

David R. Ellis has very little that can get the audience hooked to their seats. Although the runtime stands at just 82 minutes this also seems never ending as the movie doesn't seem as clever as its predecessors. The omission of the numeral from the title and adding of the definite article in it might signal the end of the franchise. Having said that it really won't be a bad idea for the franchise to reach their final destination with The Final Destination!

Topics: subhadeep bhattacharjee, the final destination, david r ellis, bobby campo, shantel vansanten, eric bress
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