3 (Feb. 06) by Mike c. & Robg.
Mike C.'s review: I turned to Rob G. when we were watching "Saw 2" and said, "I hope this franchise keeps making money so when they get to part 6, it'll be completely ridiculous and I'll love that.". Final Destination 3 is that film. In fact, I don't remember seeing Final Destination 3 tonight. What I think I saw was a premonition of the future, I saw "Final Destination 7". Still, I have a soft spot for terrible horror movies that are thinly written, have no characters to care about, and feature those characters in violent, gory deaths.
But....these are the kind of things that amuse me about horror sequels. I love watching a franchise deteriorate before my eyes, gradually getting worse and more worn out with each passing chapter. I just wasn't expecting "Final Destination" to end up there so soon. Besides, it's not totally crapped out PG-13 cut-away, cookie cutter horror yet, and if you get the chance to see it with a rowdy, pumped up crowd you'll probably enjoy it. - mike c.
Robg.'s review: Ok. Before anything, I just want to make it clear that I love both Final Destination and Final Destination 2 and I am also a fan of filmmakers James Wong and Glen Morgan. So, with that said, let's talk about Final Destination 3, which I just had the opportunity to watch this evening with Icons own Mike c. and TW Vin.
The filmmakers of Final Destination 3 managed to do something I didn't think was possible just yet. In one grand swoop, they managed to kill a franchise... about death. Or as Mike would put it, "They skipped over Final Destination 3 and went right to Final Destination 7 where they're just absolutely ridiculous."
What's wrong with this movie? Where do I begin. Well, the opening credit sequence is kind of cool and then almost immediately, we're brought into this films "premonition" which is a rollarcoaster accident. The rollarcoaster scene was OK, but it didn't have the effect of the plane crash or freeway accident. It lost its effect with the use of too much CGI. In fact, my biggest problem with this flick is that there's too much CGI used to "enhance" the deaths, when all they really do is distract from them. I know you can't really drop a person out of an upside down rollarcoaster, but can't you at least use a blood filled dummy or something? Just... anything to make it look somewhat real?
Oh, remember the music cues/clues in the other two flicks? In 1, it was the John Denver song, in the 2nd it was 'Highway To Hell' by AC/DC. Well, in this one there's at least 10 obvious music cues and they are all over the top and laughable. Everything from a guy playing guitar in the subway, to the Ramones, to the radio gives "clues" to our unexpecting idiots. That's right, folks. If death is stalking you, no worries... it's arch-nemesis 'THE RADIO' will give you numerous clues as to what to do.
Were the kills at least cool and gory like in the previous movies? To an extent. But getting to them felt like pulling teeth. The set-up for every death sequence was absolutely ridiculous. To the point where you can hear the sighs and notice the rolling eyes of everyone in the theater. As Vin put it, "I feel like the filmmaker's didn't bother watching Final Destination 2 and instead just played a lot of 'Mousetrap'." You'll totally get it when you see it. Also, it would've helped if they didn't give away 90% of the deaths in the trailer. There wasn't much suspense except for when these ridiculous set-ups were going to actually lead to something.
The 2nd one took the story from the first and added something new to it. The only way 3 would have worked is if they did something completely different from the first 2. If only they had brought in a fresh spin on the material and given us something we hadn't seen before rather then a poor remake of the first one. I remember Tony Todd mentioning the original story taking place after a boat accident. And then there were rumors of a 3D movie. Any of these options would've at least given us hope.
I wanted to like this film, because I love the first two. I walked out of the other movies with an equal sense of excitment and paranoia to everything around me. I kept thinking of how many stupid ways there are to have an accident & get killed. This one I walked out of disappointed. The only paranoia I had was that everyone involved in this picture was trying desperatly to insult my intelligence.
There's no need to fear death anymore, folks. This movie totally killed it and it won't be back. - robg.