||The Final Destination
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Richard T. Jones
Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Run Time: 82 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
The movie series that taps into your deepest fears returns with a new and imaginative chapter that delivers the expected - in so many keep-you-guessing, unexpected ways! A strange premonition causes friends to abandon their day at the speedway, just before a crushing pileup hurtles cars into the bleachers with fiery consequences. They have cheated Death. But Death is only getting started. From the director of Snakes On A Plane comes the eerie, innovative tale of the friends' fierce fight to keep themselves and others alive.
For fans of the whole "Final Destination" franchise, there's no denying what the main draw to these movies is-the kills. Blood is awesome, gore is great, but the true appeal for the FD fan is HOW people die-what long, drawn out, seemingly unconnected series of events will combine to kill some hapless teen in a particularly gruesome manner. Unfortunately, in this fourth installment of the franchise that tries to cash in on the latest 3-D craze, the doomed are a little too hapless and the deaths just don't have that fun zing of their predecessors.
This time around, the guy with the vision of impending doom is Nick (Bobby Campo) and the impending doom is a horrific accident at the racetrack that sends fiery cars and debris in all sorts of possibly decapitating directions. As always happens, Nick somehow manages to get his friends and a small band of others out of harm's way before the event occurs, and for a few days, the survivors marvel at their wondrous luck at having cheated death. Well, as we all know, death doesn't take too kindly to be cheated, so he comes back even more angry, inventing new and tedious ways to off his targets as Nick and company attempt to break the chain and save themselves from a predetermined fate.
After awhile, it's kind of a given that movies that are part of a franchise built around a gimmick are pretty much going to go downhill unless they can find some way to re-invent some part of their premise or presentation. The idea here seems to have been to do everything exactly the same (except with characters so bland they can't even be called one-dimensional and deaths that just aren't that inventive) and amp up the thrills with 3-D. Now, I'm kind of hit and miss with 3-D, but it didn't really even work that well in theaters with this one, and on DVD, it just seems to make the 3-D bits more like, "Look at me!" moments. The first "Final Destination" was good because, well, it was the first, and thus everything was new. The second was also decent, because even though its concept was the same, its characters and surrounding story were actually entertaining. Even "Final Destination 3," with its lame dialogue and tiring plot, killed folks in cool ways and presented soon-to-die kids whose personalities were distinct enough to remember their names. None of that is present in this latest chapter, save some suspense in a hair salon scene, and we can only hope this truly was THE final destination.
As for Special Features, again, it's all a letdown for the DVD viewer, as all we get is a featurette of a few additional scenes. They're mostly really just extended versions of some of the death and carnage, and could've probably just as easily been left in. The most annoying thing is that they're all only available on the 2-D side of the disc, so if you're watching the 3-D version, you have to switch it to see them.
The whole "Final Destination" concept has always been a fun way to pass 90 or so minutes trying to pick which inanimate objects were going to prove deadly, but this last member of the series is best avoided unless you really must finish the set.