The Final Destination (2009) Horror Movie Review
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Installment #4 in the premonition-laden Final Destination series comes on like a poker-faced send-up of the previous episodes, featuring a collection of hilariously over-the-top deaths and the usual array of Rube Goldberg set-ups—except this time the chain reactions rarely result in mayhem. Fate, it seems, is more random than that. We open at a racetrack, where vapid teen Bobby Campo has a vision of slaughter involving cars crashing and bleachers crumbling. When he hustles girlfriend Shantal VanSanten and their friends out of the grandstands before the real conflagration, it doesn’t take long to figure out that their time is going to come, and soon. (Which they would have known if they’d watched the first three Final Destination movies.) From there, it’s just waiting around for the killings, which this time utilize a car wash, a beauty parlor, and a tow truck run amok. Perhaps the gruesomeness of the deaths this time is explained by the cheapjack production (gotta grab ‘em with something) and surely the many jabbing, jutting implements are there because the film was released to some theaters in 3-D. As for the death that occurs in a swimming-pool drain, it seems somebody read Chuck Palahniuk’s notorious story "Guts," or at least had an ear for urban legends. The bland characters and tin-ear dialogue don’t help anything, even if the climactic sequence in a movie theater showing a 3-D film suggests a lurking sense of self-awareness. Moral: there may be three dimensions, but there’s only one destination. —Robert Horton
Synopsis:After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end.
Starring: Andrew Fiscella, Stephanie Honoré, Dane Rhodes, Justin Welborn, Chris Fry, Nick Zano, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph T. Ridolfo, William Aguillard, Brendan Aguillard, Juan Kincaid, Monique Detraz, Tina Parker, Cecile Monteyne, Stacey Dizon, Gabrielle Chapin, Harold Evans, Bobby Campo, Camille E. Bourgeois III, Shantel VanSanten, Curtis E. Akin, Haley Webb, Eric Paulsen, Krista Allen, Belford Carver, Lara Grice, Dennis Nguyen, Jackson Walker, Jedda Jones, Phil Austin
Runtime: 82 minutes
Director: David R. Ellis
MPAA Rating: R
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