The Final Destination (2009)

Genre(s): Action
New Line || R - 82 minutes - $28.98 || January 5, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-01-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: David R. Ellis
Writer(s): Eric Bress & Jeffrey Reddick (written by)
Cast: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb


Theatrical Release Date: August 28, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

The Final Destination series has had a rough time since it started out nearly a decade ago. The first was met with a lukewarm reception at the box-office, the second didnít do much either, and the third flick wasnít exactly a money-maker for the studio. Then, an idea struck someone in the head, and said ďwhy not put the movie in 3-D?Ē Well, whoever thought of that idea revived the ailing franchise, as the latest in the series, Final Destination 4 (or The Final Destination) is by far the best of the series to date. There are a few problems here and there, the short runtime being one of them, but this is definitely a 3-D feature you donít want to miss out on.

Four friends, Nick (Bobby Campo), Lori (Shantel VanSanten), Hunt (Nick Zano), and Janet (Haley Webb), decide to go to the local racetrack for some good old fashioned cars running into each other and destruction. The problem is though, that the cars inadvertently cause a giant chain reaction that triggers hundreds of violent deaths in the racetrack area, including taking the lives of the four characters previously described. Nick wakes up though, to about five minutes earlier, realizing that it was only a dream and nothing happened. Then, strangely enough, everything that was said in his dream occurs and he soon realizes that it was a premonition and that everyone in the area is in trouble. He tries to warn everyone, but Hunt pushes Nick as a joke which causes others to riot in the area, causing Nick and his gang to get escorted out along with a few others, including security guard George (Mykelti Williamson) and Samantha (Krista Allen).

Hunt starts to go off on Nick about the exit, when the crash happens and flames can be seen from the stands on the outside where they were escorted off to. Hundreds of people died, but the gang along with a few others manages to survive with their lives intact. They meet the next day at a coffee shop to figure out whatís going on and then decide to go to the memorial service where Nick is seen as a hero by Samantha, since he saved her life. But thatís when everything goes wrong, as one-by-one the survivors from the fateful racetrack have accidents that take their lives day after day. Can Nick figure out whatís going on, stop the sequence of death, and survive with his girlfriend Lori? Or will this beÖ The Final Destination for him?

Sorry I had to close the summary out with that last line, it just seemed really funny at the time and still does. Alright, so where do I beginÖ how about with the death sequences involved with the movie, thatís a fun place to start. They are by far the best in the series in terms of gore, violence, and creativity. I wonít spoil who dies with what sequences, but I will say my favorites include: lady being squashed by car engine, couple being split in half, and finally the theater explosion were by far my favorites. Thatís the best part about these types of movies: the death sequences are always fun and exciting and normally catch the viewing public. Speaking of being caught off-guard, the 3-D involved with the movie is phenomenal. I havenít enjoyed a 3-D movie in ages, and this has solidified the fact that I want more 3-D flicks in the future, so film industries you better be cracking on bringing us more.

The storyline is also better than the previous, but I still found it to be somewhat lacking. Odds are if you went into this one without seeing any of the previous flicks you may be a little lost. The second in the series proved that deathís design went backwards from what they thought, where instead in this one the design goes straight forward. Itís an obvious herring, which ticks me off that studios donít bother researching past films so they follow the rules. Also, what else was strange was that even though Nick received the premonitions about upcoming deaths, there wasnít a chance to really save a few of the people involved. Whatís the point if he canít save them?

The characters overall were fun to watch throughout, as Hunt being the macho idiot and d-bag all-around was an entertaining character despite the lack of screen time he received. The issue I have with the film, other than the fact it didnít follow consistency of other flicks, was the incredibly short runtime the movie has. At only 82 minutes, the film gets going and then promptly stops once the action starts up. It takes roughly twenty or so minutes for the movie to take off, and from then on its non-stop action. The problem I have is the fact that I didnít want the film to end. I wanted more characters to be involved, more death sequences, etc. I hope that in the next installment we get more characters like the past films had to deal with and enjoy watching.

The Final Destination in 3-D is one of the best horror/suspense to come out in 2009. I was thoroughly enjoyed throughout the entire movie, and even though I had a few minor quips with the film, itís a worthwhile investment to your collection.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (7 minutes): These deleted scenes arenít the best, but in all honesty they are worth watching as they give a few alternate death sequences and a little background into the death scenes.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The video transfer sadly isnít as phenomenal as the Blu-Ray transfer, but it still holds its own in the long run. Colors arenít as bright, and a few times I did notice a little overblown white color from time to time. I also noticed that the attention to detail wasnít anywhere near as great as the high-def predecessor either, so that didnít help matters much either. Contrast-wise, the film lacked sufficient levels of black and thus I noticed several scenes that had too much grain in them for my tastes. The transfer is amicable for a DVD, but after watching the Blu-ray I walked into this one disappointed.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track, as you can expect, is a let-down in comparison to the high-def counterpart. Sound is still loud and engaging, but the speaker balance is nowhere near as excellent sounding in any regard to the Blu-Ray. Dialogue is loud, but doesnít have the ďoomphĒ that the other does, and thus, I was disappointed by dialogue almost the entire duration. Surround sound was used decently, as the explosion and action sequences, of which there are many, sounded great to my ears. So why the big letdown you ask for the sound category and why did I rate it so low? The film just doesnít compare to the high-def part of it, and after watching the Blu-Ray it was hard to enjoy the DVD anywhere near as much as I possibly could.



.::OVERALL::.

The Final Destination is a great flick, but on DVD itís severely limited with lacking special features and an even more lacking technical package. I strongly recommend upgrading to a Blu-Ray player and buying the Blu-ray instead. If you canít though, this is nothing more than a rental. This is one destination youíll probably only visit once, unless of course you cheat death a few times on your way to get this one.