The horror genre seems to be really dull these days. It was tough to decide which movie I was going to see tonight: Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN sequel or the latest installment in the FINAL DESTINATION series. I watched both of the trailers and HALLOWEEN 2 seemed like it would be really boring. FINAL DESTINATION didn't look impressive either but I was sold on the 3-D and was ready to watch over-the-top death scenes in Digital 3-D at a sold out theater with a crowd that just wanted to have a good time. Unfortunately, the 3-D did more harm than good.
The original FINAL DESTINATION wasn't a classic but it is one of the better horror movies to come out in the last 10 years. The death scenes were set perfectly and really well executed and it also had a good atmosphere. The second movie, directed by David R. Ellis who returned to direct this one, was fun in some ways and the death scenes were creative but there was no reason for a sequel. The third one, I remember seeing it and not liking it. Now we have yet another unnecessary sequel where the only appeal is the 3-D.
The movie begins at the worlds worst racetrack where everything is falling apart (benches, fences, the roof, etc). Bobby Campo plays Nick who has a vision that everyone will die in the stands as the biggest crash in the history NASCAR will happen in front of them. He and his friends leave the stadium with a handfull of others and they survive. It isn't long after the accident that Nick has more visions and the survivors die on some freak accidents.
This is lazy filmaking. No one is trying at all. Every performance in this movie is terrible and the script is just a mess. We learn little bits about some of the characters problems but there is no reason for us to care. One of the survivors, only known as the mechanic, says that after the accident he is trying to make changes in his life for the better. He then dies 3 seconds later. It is impossible to care about these characters, especially when one of them doesn't have a name and is just known as the mechanic. No one is trying here and they're just depending on the 3-D gimmick to bring in audiences. Honestly, you deserve better than this. The death scenes were not even well done. They are quick and just focus on throwing blood and guts in your face. In the original film, the deaths had a build up to them that were really well put together and the execution was perfect. Here, it just kind of happens. We don't even get to really know the characters enough so that we can care about them and most of them deserved to die.
This is a waste of 3-D and just an excuse to get a crowd of people to fork over their hard earned money to watch people die for an hour and a half and then leave the theater with a headache. My eyes are still sore as I am typing this review. This is one of the worst movies of the year. Do yourself a favor: instead of paying $15 to see this crapfest, go see something better like DISTRICT 9.
RATING: F**K YOU!