What I liked most about the first two films was the set up for each death; here, though, nothing works. Where Final Destination 1 and 2 used intricate Rube Goldberg-like set ups that kept you watching to see how the death would actually occur, The Final Destination just puts each person that dies is put into a ridiculous situation with improbable, if not impossible, circumstances to make their death occur.
If you have watched the trailer, then you have seen most of the death scenes in this movie, except for a couple which I won’t give away. I know the writers thought they were being original with some of the deaths scenes here but really all they did was stretch the imagination, and my patience, to make them happen. (Kid-2 Paul-0)
Finally, I have to talk about the abysmal special effects in this movie – and I’m not talking about the 3D. I fear that Hollywood may be leaning so heavily on the CG crutch that we are slowly losing the artisans in the field of real, mechanical special effects. The work here is downright sad and everyone on the special effects team should be very displeased, if not embarrassed, with their work. Anything that isn’t CGI just looks like amateurish blood effects using hamburger meat and pig’s stomach. That doesn’t mean the CGI was any better though. It used to be that the CGI visual artists would try and blend the CGI seamlessly into the movie so that we thought it was actually part of the background. Not so anymore, it’s blatant CGI and they know that we know they know we know and they don’t seem to care. (Kid-3 Paul-0)
Touching on the 3D one more time, there is a scene in the movie where Lori (Shantel VanSanten) tries to convince her boyfriend Nick (Bobby Campo) to watch a movie called “Love Lays Dead.” “I don’t want to see a movie,” he says. “Oh come on, it’s in 3D,” she emphatically answers. “Nah,” he replies, “Sounds like a chick flick.” Then we get to see some of this 3D movie within a 3D movie and it has race cars in it. I’m telling you right now that it won’t be long before we get a 3D romance film. Also, everyone in the theater watching “Love Lays Dead” would lean back together each time some poked out of the screen. I’ve seen dozens of 3D films and no one ever does that – EVER!
With the choices out there this weekend, there is little doubt that The Final Destination will be on top of the box office come Monday but don’t let those numbers fool you. This film is the weakest of the series and hopefully we’ve seen the last of “teens” getting whacked in stupid ways. So if you have a few bucks to kill and time that you just absolutely do not want to use wisely, then go ahead and blow 80 minutes of your life on this film – or just save your money and wait for Gamer in a next week. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need more ice.