Friday, February 10, 2006
Final Destination 3
Final Destination - A group of sterotyped teenage kids chicken out of a plane flight after one of the group has a premonition of an accident which subsequently becomes true. Having cheated Death once they all end up dying in strange accidents.
Final Destination 2 - A group of sterotyped teenage kids chicken out of a motorway journey after one of the group has a premonition of an accident which subsequently becomes true. Having cheated Death once they all end up dying in strange accidents.
Final Destination 3 - A group of sterotyped teenage kids chicken out of a roller coaster ride after one of the group has a premonition of an accident which subsequently becomes true. Having cheated Death once they all end up dying in strange accidents.
Well if the formula is successful and bringing in the revenue, why change it? This time the original director is back and overseeing the deaths of another round of plucky young kids, including such stereotypes as the Jock that spends all his time in the gym and "never loses sucker!", a Goth couple that seem to get off on all the death. A couple of bimbos that spend all their time building on their tans and wearing skimpy outfits (or in one scene nothing at all), and of course the wholesome all-american girl who is popular to all without conforming to a particular stereotype.
The deaths are very well thought out and there is a lot of fun trying to pre-empt how they're going to get it especially as this film uses pictures of the ride-bunkers each of which contains clues to their demise. The death scenes although extremely gory are laugh out loud funny, perhaps because that's how must of us cope with the shock of seeing someone getting their head smashed in by an engine.
There are some holes in the plot, the biggest being the accident in the premonition being caused by one of the people who ends up not riding it, so the accident shouldn't have happened, which means the premonition shouldn't have taken place. Paradoxical but I guess you can put it down to artistic interpretation, or it being rargeted to a certain mental demographic.
None of the performances are particular great but then this isn't a film that's going to win any Oscars. Being a coaster fan, it was nice to see a park being used as a theme for a film. It was ironic that they quote the true statistic that you're more likely to die on the way to a park than on any of the rides in it, then they proceed to kill a load of characters off.
Although there isn't a protagonist in these films, the guy that plays Candyman has been in both 1 and 2 indirectly playing the part of Death. In this film he's resigned to providing a voiced cameo as the devil statue that welcomes the public to the coaster.
Overall not a bad film at all but if only if you're a fan of the genre.
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