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 THE FINAL DESTINATION, fun in 3-D, forgettable otherwise
Mark Tinta
Posted: Sep 3 2009, 02:28 PM


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MILD SPOILERS

Didn't anyone see this? I enjoyed it, but without the 3-D, it would be pretty much useless. The cast is largely bland as can be, but I do like David R. Ellis' enthusiasm. It's like he knows he makes junk movies, but he loves doing them (aside from last year's misfire ASYLUM). There's a couple of twisted bits of humor, like one guy always talking about his "lucky coin," and he goes after it when it rolls into a public pool (where the drain has been turned on, natch). He gets sucked down into the drain and it spits his innards out of the other end, and then his lucky coin drops down right in the middle of all the flesh and blood. They try to have some fun near the climax, which takes place in a movie theater showing a 3-D movie on a ridiculous number of screens (and all auditoriums are improbably sold out for a 3:00 pm showing?! Apparently, no one's Final Destination is their place of work). Just once, I wanted one of the protagonists to take this in a WES CRAVEN'S NEW NIGHTMARE direction and say "Hey, this is a lot like one of those FINAL DESTINATION movies!" Also...it seems nothing bad would ever happen if people weren't carelessly leaving containers of flammable liquids open all the time.

Utterly disposable and completely unnecessary to see flat, but I had fun with it. And it's waaaaaay better than HALLOWEEN II.

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William D'Annucci
Posted: Sep 3 2009, 02:48 PM


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SPOILERS


I saw a promo shot that showed a dead audience member at one of those 3-D movies, still seated with the glasses on, and rammed through with part of an enormous pair of scissors. Don't tell me they were watching... ? And "Death" was able to make use of on-screen murder weapons, just 'cuz they're in 3-D?!?

They should just have Wile E. Coyote star as sole cast member of the next one.
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William S. Wilson
Posted: Sep 3 2009, 02:56 PM


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Since this one made money, I'm sure a fifth film is on the way. Which makes me wonder, how they will creatively get around the title THE FINAL DESTINATION?


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Bob Cashill
Posted: Sep 3 2009, 03:33 PM


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BEYOND THE FINAL DESTINATION

ANOTHER FINAL DESTINATION

RETURN TO THE FINAL DESTINATION

THE FINAL DESTINATION LIVES

THE FINAL FINAL DESTINATION

REALLY THE FINAL DESTINATION


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Mark Tinta
Posted: Sep 3 2009, 03:41 PM


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QUOTE (William D'Annucci @ Sep 3 2009, 08:48 PM)
SPOILERS


I saw a promo shot that showed a dead audience member at one of those 3-D movies, still seated with the glasses on, and rammed through with part of an enormous pair of scissors. Don't tell me they were watching... ? And "Death" was able to make use of on-screen murder weapons, just 'cuz they're in 3-D?!?

They should just have Wile E. Coyote star as sole cast member of the next one.

No, it wasn't like that at all. I WISH it got that creative! They were watching a big action movie (actually footage pilfered from THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT) with an explosion that coincided with an explosion behind the screen, where new auditoriums were under construction at the megaplex, and a fire started with the sun shining through a construction worker's left-behind coke bottle-thick glasses, that started a fire in some sawdust, and then there was an open container of turpentine that knocked over, and there were several barrels of randomly-placed flammable liquids, and...

...then Rube Goldberg's heirs filed a lawsuit.


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They try to have some fun near the climax, which takes place in a movie theater showing a 3-D movie on a ridiculous number of screens (and all auditoriums are improbably sold out for a 3:00 pm showing?!

I love how, instead of using an actual 3-D movie or shooting unique footage, they just took footage from the flat THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT (also New Line) and distorted it into phony 3-D. Granted, the big explosion at the end of that picture would have looked great in 3-D...
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Between me wanting a character to reference the previous FINAL DESTINATION outings, and D'Annucci imaginatively (and, unfortunately incorrectly) figuring that Death would use the 3-D technology in a movie theater to kill a movie audience, this thread has already come up with a far more interesting batch of ideas than the makers of THE FINAL DESTINATION did. Clearly, their plan was to simply coast on the 3-D. So many clever things they could've done with this. It's entertaining, yeah. But it could've been a lot more.


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Posted: Sep 3 2009, 04:24 PM


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QUOTE (Bob Cashill @ Sep 3 2009, 03:33 PM)
BEYOND THE FINAL DESTINATION

And we have a winner. Is there an option to block this thread from New Line execs?


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Craig Blamer
Posted: Sep 4 2009, 12:06 AM


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QUOTE (Mark Tinta @ Sep 3 2009, 01:28 PM)
MILD SPOILERS

[...]They try to have some fun near the climax, which takes place in a movie theater showing a 3-D movie on a ridiculous number of screens (and all auditoriums are improbably sold out for a 3:00 pm showing?!  Apparently, no one's Final Destination is their place of work).

I enjoyed what they did there... added a meta-uneasiness to the proceedings, and fixed a big problem with the franchise: how do you keep the momentum rolling when you top out in the first fifteen minutes with white-knuckle disaster porn? Not saying that they pulled it off entirely successfully, but it was an adequate apologia for FDIII.

Overall, while it dragged in points I wasn't disappointed. Found it interesting that the humor veered more towards social satire this time around (from the racist's Texas-flavored demise to the MILF's obliviousness as to why you don't hector the service industry into serving you ten minutes before closing).

Personally, I thought that the second entry had the best (relatable) opening setpiece and punchline... but was pretty much unwatchable otherwise. Here, I found that the humor and mayhem struck the best balance of the series.
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Posted: Sep 4 2009, 03:23 AM


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QUOTE (Bob Cashill @ Sep 3 2009, 03:33 PM)
REALLY THE FINAL DESTINATION

My personal favorite.
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Posted: Sep 4 2009, 06:10 AM


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Is anybody ready yet for...

THE FINAL DESTINATION: A New Beginning?


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Justin Kerswell
Posted: Sep 4 2009, 06:20 AM


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How about THE FINAL DESTINATION 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO? Where an attractive band of teenagers narrowly avoid certain death whilst in the audience of DANCING WITH THE STARS, when Cloris Leachman's hip replacement becomes dislodged during a daring foxtrot.


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THE FINAL DESTINATION: ALTERNATE ROUTE


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Rob Peace
Posted: Sep 4 2009, 11:40 AM


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BENEATH THE FINAL DESTINATION
ESCAPE FROM THE FINAL DESTINATION
CONQUEST OF THE FINAL DESTINATION
BATTLE FOR THE FINAL DESTINATION
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Bob Gutowski
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BRIDE OF THE FINAL DESTINATION
SON OF THE FINAL DESTINATION
THE FINAL DESTINATION MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA
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Craig Blamer
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The Increasingly Misnamed Final Destination Franchise that Gave Up and Began to Offer Frequent Flier Miles
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Saw this one last night and got everything I expected and hoped for - lots of unlikable people who look like the cast of a clothing advert getting killed in ever more stupidly elaborate/elaborately stupid ways. Some really good 3D effects (better than the 3D AVATAR trailer which preceded the screening) and a lot of fun. It's nice to see a string of such gory and gruesome deaths in an OTT Looney Toons kind of way rather than the unpleasantness of the torture stuff that's been so popular in recent years.

I don't care what they call the next one, it'll still be a guarantee of me taking a rare trip to the multiplex.
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THE FINAL DESTINATION MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA

That I'd like to see...maybe a BROOKLYN GORILLA AT LARGE to reinforce the 3D theme.

THE FINAL DESTINATION: A NEW BEGINNING is good, too.

I like the mix-in approach. Let's reboot a long-grounded franchise with AIRPORT '10: THE FINAL DESTINATION.


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I had the same boredom watching THE FINAL DESTINATION as I did with FINAL DESTINATION 3. I like David Ellis as a director (his FINAL DESTINATION 2 has some clever bits), and I like that this one packs a lot of action and kills into less than 80 minutes (including its cool "greatest hits" opening titles), but these movies aren't true sequels anymore--just remakes of the one that came before it. Even the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies--which is what the FINAL DESTINATION movies basically are--attempted to take the concept in different directions and add new twists.

I can't really say I disliked THE FINAL DESTINATION as much as I just kinda looked at it. I should also say that I don't have much interest in CGI gore effects. Part of the fun of watching something like this is figuring out how the arrow penetrated Kevin Bacon's throat. There's no joy and little art to CGI gore, which just entails someone clicking a mouse and creating anything he or she wants to with little regard as to whether it looks realistic or even physically possible.

However, I guess one can't expect producers so lazy and uncreative that they title their sequel to FINAL DESTINATION THE FINAL DESTINATION to put more effort than that into their work.


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