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The Final Destination 4 (Blu-ray 3D)

September 23, 2011
The Final Destination 4 [Blu-ray 3D]

The Final Destination [Blu-ray 3D]

The Final Destination [Blu-ray 3D]

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Rating: 3.0 (107 customer reviewers)

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The Final Destination [Blu-ray 3D]

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Installment #4 in the premonition-laden Final Destination series (this one called simply The Final Destination) comes on like a poker-faced send-up of the previous episodes, featuring a collection of hilariously over-the-top deaths and the usual array of Rube Goldberg set-ups–except this time the chain reactions rarely result in mayhem. Fate, it seems, is more random than that. We open at a racetrack, where vapid teen Bobby Campo has a vision of slaughter involving cars crashing and bleachers crumbling. When he hustles girlfriend Shantal VanSanten and their friends out of the grandstands before the real conflagration, it doesn’t take long to figure out that their time is going to come, and soon. (Which they would have known if they’d watched the first three Final Destination movies.) From there, it’s just waiting around for the killings, which this time utilize a car wash, a beauty parlor, and a tow truck run amok. Perhaps the gruesomeness of the deaths this time is explained by the cheapjack production (gotta grab ’em with something) and surely the many jabbing, jutting implements are there because the film was released to some theaters in 3-D. As for the death that occurs in a swimming-pool drain, it seems somebody read Chuck Palahniuk’s notorious story “Guts,” or at least had an ear for urban legends. The bland characters and tin-ear dialogue don’t help anything, even if the climactic sequence in a movie theater showing a 3-D film suggests a lurking sense of self-awareness. Moral: there may be three dimensions, but there’s only one destination. –Robert Horton

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful.

3Death Gets All Up In Your Face

By Mark Eremite

At heart, all horror movies operate on the human response to mortality. Your average horror fan gets a thrill from the films because they are a sort of spice for life, they are the seasoning that makes the mundane parts of life all the more richer. Watch a bunch of people get sliced and diced by a monster or madman, and that adrenaline rush makes you feel as if, on some level, you yourself have cheated death. For awhile or more, it’s nice to be alive.

The FINAL DESTINATION films utilize the same premise, but instead of creating a defeatable or relatable villain, it makes the very act of dying the villain. Watching the movies, it’s very much like they decided that the force of Death, after a millenia of ending lives, has grown bored and has decided to put some spice into his job. In all of the movies, Death awards a young soul with a premonition of a huge catastrophe, and when that soul saves him/herself (along with a handful of others), Death gleefully sets up cat-and-mouse games with the survivors and watches as they scream and skitter. The question is never Will They Die? It is How Long Can They Hold Out?

Because everyone dies, sooner or later, and it’s rarely at the hands of a zombie or a Leatherface. Car accidents are far more common. Fires. Mechanical failures. The FD films make Death a snarky, sadistic force without ever showing his face. Instead, Death operates basically through three cards — wind, gravity, and passive human interference — and with these three things, he orchestrates the deaths of dozens and dozens of characters. These films are filled with pointless scenes of people screaming that they’re in control of their lives, scoffing at the idea that Death lurks everywhere. Then they die.

The real fun in these films lies in the complex machinations that Death sets in motion with the leak of a pipe or the flutter of a bird. If you’re expecting interesting plots, complex characters, or realistic dialogue, prepare to be HEAVILY disappointed. In fact, these elements of the films get steadily more and more wooden and cartoonish, until by the fourth installment, they are laughably bad. The makers know that what you’re really waiting for is to watch Death do his thing, investing everything from quarters to fishsticks with a sinister menace. To that end, I have provided here a summary of the only thing about each of these films that is worth watching: the death scenes.

Final Destination (New Line Platinum Series):

In the first film, Death’s premonition is visited upon a young student on a plane. The ensuing plane accident (5/5) gave me nightmares for a week. When the student leaves the plane along with others, he then experiences more premonitions (most of them cheesy reflections in windows) indicating that Death is now hunting them down. Of all the movies, this one features the most personified version of Death. A dark mist accompanies each death, and you can even see Death pursuing some characters, especially in a tense bathroom scene (4/5). Some of the deaths feature complex sequences of domino-like chains (there is a catastrophic house fire (4/5) and a menacing electrical storm (4/5)). Others are less creative (the bus and train accidents are both unimaginative throwaways (2/5)). The final death (by sign) is a cheeky nod at the movie’s premise (4/5). Notable in this film: Death has a soundtrack, which turns out to feature, over and over again, “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Final Destination 2:

Death isn’t so hung up on music this time around, but that’s okay because he’s a bit more creative. This film’s opening highway accident is by far the best beginning out of any of these films (5/5), and when the storyline later ties the survivor’s lives to the events of the first film, it’s actually interestingly done. Not as interesting as the deaths, though. You’ve got a tongue-in-cheek apartment fire (4/5), a crushing visit to the dentist (4/5), and an unusually persistent elevator (3/5). In one case, the jaws of life have the opposite function (4/5), and in another case a flying fence executes a mortal ballet (5/5). There are also three explosive deaths that are a little cheap (2/5). The characters this time around all get premonitions (again, mostly just false reflections in windows), and they spend a lot of pointless time trying to cheat Death’s plan (their ideas mostly centering around a “new life”). The final scene, just as in the first film, is an over-the-top nyuck-nyuck moment. “It’s all in fun,” Death seems to be saying.

Final Destination 3:

This time around it’s a roller coaster catastrophe (4/5). The movie has a creative idea by putting the premonitions into poorly shot yearbook photos, and Death continues to get up in people’s faces with ominous/ironic songs and smug little omens (before one death, characters at a drive-in watch as the word “control” disappears from the digital menu). The first “catch-up” death in a tanning salon is perhaps the best of the film (5/5), although there’s a nicely intricate set-up later in the film that involves a nail-gun (5/5). A runaway truck and horse and a falling sign constitute some of the film’s weaker executions (2/5, 3/5, and 2/5, respectively). Elsewhere in the film, the movie’s token “I’m Gonna Live Forever!” character battles death in a weight room (4/5). The movie concludes with an intense subway scene that is kinda cool, but also sort of a rip off as far as endings go. (4/5)

The Final Destination [Theatrical Release]:

The opener here is the weakest of the franchise. It takes place at a racing track, and so all of the subtle connections and coincidences get lost in the sprawling chaos of the catastrophe (3/5). The premonitions this time around are ridiculously aggressive hallucinations, and they forecast some rather uncreative demises. One man is murdered by a tow truck in a way that almost makes sense (1/5). Another character bites it at a hair salon in a rather unsatisfying fashion (2/5). There’s a clever little two-fer where two characters simultaneously battle watery deaths, although both are almost too cartoonish to be all that scary (4/5 – car wash; 3/5 – swimming pool). The movie’s real saving grace (aside from the 3D, which does its job without much fuss) is it’s final theater/mall debacle, which is witty, self-referential, and fairly intense (5/5). The close of the movie (and, ostensibly, the franchise) is an unceremonious vehicular accident that is only notable for the X-ray vision it is finally shot in.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.

5out with a bang

By B. E Jackson

You know, I tend to find the Final Destination series to be among the SCARIEST of all the horror films out there. This is because the actual horror comes in the way of REAL possibilities.

Alright, so they are real possibilities *greatly* exaggerated for the sake of creating a quality horror film, but when you stop and really think about it, the Final Destination series could really mess with your head, and perhaps even permanently screw up your mental state.

That is, if you choose to take it seriously and believe in this kind of stuff. You know, believing the death of every single person on the face of the planet is meant to happen for a reason, and we’re all just ticking clocks waiting to die. For someone like me, it’s hard *not* to take a film like this somewhat seriously. Death is just unbelievably fascinating to me, and this interpretation of it makes it even more exciting.

After all, the way people die in this film involve cars, fires, heavy objects falling on top of people and crushing them, and several other realistic possibilities. It’s hard for me NOT to think some of this stuff is actually entirely likely to happen.

Of course, the odds of a domino effect coming together and forming the perfect strategy to eliminate a human being is EXTREMELY unlikely to actually happen, but well… sometimes in real life, only a couple things have to come together in order to take out a person. With *this* in mind, now you know why I find this series a bit freakier than other horror films. It’s exaggerated, but not entirely out of the realm of possibility.

The movie writers who come up with the storylines for these kind of films must be exceptionally smart and clever. They must sit there and actually think up the most bizarre and creative ways that a person can die. Like I said above- these creative and incredibly graphic deaths are highly unlikely to happen in reality, but the fact so much attention to detail was given makes me really think the movie writers have a special talent for these specific kind of horror films.

Anyway, another aspect of the Final Destination series that gives me a distinctly cold chill is whenever a death is about to happen, and you see a black shadow forming around the area or object that will eventually play a major role in killing a person. It happens very briefly before the shadow fades away (along with a creepy sound effect to indicate it’s there) but it’s a special attention to detail that I REALLY like. Good job to the movie writers for including it. It actually makes me wonder if similar kinds of shadows can be seen in real life as a warning sign right before someone dies. You never know.

Anyway, what makes THIS Final Destination even better than previous ones is the fact that there’s a *lot* of death scenes this time around. Not only that, but the death scenes you witness this time around are EXTREMELY graphic, bloody and disgusting. I sure hope you have a strong enough stomach to handle it! They lay it on really thick and heavy for this one.

Overall, yes. Death is freaky. Believing everything happens for a reason and certain people are meant to die is a *very* dangerous line of thinking (believe me, I’ve thought about it hard and heavy for several years now, and it’s NOT healthy). But do yourself a favor and check out a really superb way to handle the horror genre in the Final Destination series. It’s mind-bogglingly creative and just terrific.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

5“Life is a bitch & then you die” …

By Sexy Bachelor

2 hot girls and heaps of dead bodies flying everywhere.

Death claims a crowd at a car race and then stalks the remaining survivors in a calculated manner. If you’ve watched the previous 3 movies, you can already guess what the story line is about.

In this “final” sequel, you’ll watch gory premonitions and how Death claims its victims:

(1) A crowd being burnt and crushed at a car race track.

(2) A woman being decapitated by a flying wheel.

(3) A racist being dragged, burnt to death and exploding into bits.

(4) A mother being killed like the biblical giant Goliath – by a flying pebble.

(5) A young man being sucked into a pool and exiting it in pieces.

(6) A young woman almost being drowned in her own car at a car wash.

(7) A man being crushed at a fence by a flying gas cylinder.

(8) A cowboy being crushed in hospital by a falling bathtub.

(9) A guard being hit by an ambulance after chatting about deja vu.

(10) The 3 remaining survivors being hit by a truck.

There’s no escaping The Final Destination…

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