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Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Final Destination 3
At the theme park a group of soon-to-be High School graduates board the Devil's Flight rollercoaster, and Wendy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has a premonition that it will crash, killing them all. She and several others (Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche, Amanda Crewe, Alexz Johnson, Sam Easton, Texas Battle, Chelan Simmons, Crystal Lowe, Maggie Ma) either choose to get off, or are forced off just before the ride starts...and then crashs, killing all aboard. In the weeks following Death stalks those who got off and starts to kill them in the order the would have died had they stayed aboard the rollercoaster.
Once again questions about fate and predestination are raised, just like the film's predecessors (2000 and 2003), but the film fails to address them in detail and context as the predecessors did, with only a couple of brief references, which even include a tasteless reference to 9/11. The amount of deadly carnage is piled on more than I pile up my plate at all-you-can-eat buffet, but there's no purpose, no development, and, most horrifying of all, no tenseness. The first two really built up suspense with the deaths scenes and the build-up to said scenes through intricate shots and editing, as well as a creepily tense soundtrack, but hear the characters are talking, and then next second, WHAM - one of them gets shot or crushed by something. Like with the original two the cast give wooden, underdeveloped performances, but that's understandable, as they are playing underdeveloped characters who are written to be little more than props.
On the upside, some of the deaths are guarnateed to make you jump, they come so suddenly and so gorily, with the death of the first two survivors (Simmons and Lowe), as they are burned alive by sunbeds, being absolutely horrific to watch as they scream for help that won't come and their bodies catch fire as they continue panicking. And the rollercoaster crash of a ride is quite thrilling and fast-paced to watch. Other than that this is a pointless film, a lot worse than its predecessors, and not worth watching, unless you're into causing yourself depression and pain.
Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, Amanda Crewe, Kris Lemche, Alexz Johnson, Sam Easton, Jesse Moss, Gina Holden, Texas Battle, Chelan Simmons, Crystal Lowe, Maggie Ma, Ecstasia Sanders.
Saturn nomination: Best Horror Film.