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3.09

Awesome: 13.39%
Worth A Look27.56%
Just Average27.56%
Pretty Crappy: 18.11%
Sucks: 13.39%

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Final Destination 3
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by brianorndorf

"Death should put James Wong and Glenn Morgan on his list"
1 stars

What was once a wicked, snappy, and entertaining series has fallen to its knees with the anemic “Final Destination 3.” Original filmmakers Glenn Morgan and James Wong return to their creation and proceed to drain all the life out of it, going through the snuff routines without much imagination, and writing a script that makes “Saved by the Bell” look like “A Brief History of Time.”

At her grad party at the local amusement park, Wendy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Sky High”) has a vision of a roller coaster accident that will kill her and all of her friends on board. Freaking out, she demands to get off the ride, only to watch it go off to certain doom with half of her classmates still aboard. Learning that by cheating death, she’s only prolonged the inevitable, Wendy, joined by friend Kevin (Ryan Merriman, “Ring Two”), sets off to find clues to prevent death from catching up to her classmates.

“Final Destination” was a crafty little horror stunt show back in 2000 that ended up a surprise hit. The 2003 sequel was a simplistic highlight reel of elaborate murders and gore: entertaining, but unremarkable. Following the rule of diminishing returns, “Final Destination 3” wheezes into theaters, this time minus the invention and, amazingly, lacking the fun factor.

The “Destination” films are basically a snuff film series, albeit one with a certain cartoon factor. “Destination 3” opens promisingly with an extended runaway roller coaster sequence that announces returning creators Glenn Morgan and James Wong are back in the saddle (after getting spanked with their flop remake, “Willard”); promising that they’re ready to dish out the lurid, intricately arranged genre pleasures that the series has become known for. It’s a bravura set-piece, playing into primal theme park fears, and gives the crowd the wet red right away.

Things eventually slow down. And then they grind to a halt.

Morgan and Wong (both sat out the second installment) feel the need with this sequel to clarify every move the characters make, coming close to squeezing in some actual logic to the shenanigans. By removing the Death character (Tony Todd, who vocally cameos), the filmmakers try to compensate by creating photographic clues for Wendy to follow to prevent the horrible future. These clues are tedious creations, awkwardly employed to add some cerebral substance to a series that is so much more confident without any. The clues also stop the film cold, with the filmmakers relying on mediocre acting talent to deliver an even worse script that suspiciously takes large amounts of screentime (the whole film feels ridiculously padded) to explain the obvious.

Note to Hollywood: 40 year-old men shouldn’t write dialog for teenage characters. Said men also shouldn’t cast a group of twentysomethings to play these teenagers. It’s hard to concentrate on their youthful panic with their crow’s feet and breast implants.

While “Destination 3” is as playful and visually puzzle-like as the other films, Wong and Morgan soon cross the line into tastelessness by including 9/11 imagery that introduces a thin coating of real world dread into a film series that is practically grotesque Looney Tunes outtakes at this point. Now how am I supposed to enjoy beheadings and tanning bed deep-frying after seeing reminders of that tragedy?

“Destination 3” eventually reaches a point where the snuff sequences are almost an afterthought to the whole endeavor. Morgan and Wong are so caught up in their deliberately complicated script that the kills lose their luster as the film continues. The complicated arrangement is still there, but I guess by the third installment, the inspirations for these things are drying up. There are still gristly goodies to enjoy, no doubt, yet the shock value of the sequences has been lost to a severe case of sequelitis.

I know the target audience couldn’t care less about the movie itself, but to get to the good stuff, you have to sit through atrocious dialog, amateur acting, and a snail’s pace, and maybe there’s 15 minutes of good material here. That’s a deal even Death would walk away from.

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originally posted: 02/10/06 00:14:53
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User Comments

12/19/13 Monday Morning Hideous, horribly painful deaths will never go out of style! 5 stars
7/28/12 cr a guilty pleasure of the series. still a fun movie. 3 stars
11/11/10 PAUL SHORTT MORE OF THE SAME, ONLY DULLER 1 stars
3/09/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Goofy fun 3 stars
1/10/09 Daniel Omer It has mediocre acting and gore, but the ending plain sucks. 2 stars
12/20/08 dominic thebestmovieeverandidontlie 5 stars
9/27/08 Shaun Wallner Awesome story! 5 stars
7/10/07 Total Crap Waste of my precious time. People who don't know wtf they're watching will like it. 1 stars
5/29/07 wouldntulyke2no its the best out of the 3 films but did have some plot holes 5 stars
5/11/07 Matt The best film in the t(h)rilogy. The 'choose thier fate' option on the DVD is ace. 5 stars
4/01/07 fools♫gold I guess it's good when you put it on mute. Doesn't even compare to the first two. 1/5 or 2/ 2 stars
2/11/07 AJ Muller Just a good fucking time, man. If you dug the first 2 well, here's more inventive deaths. 4 stars
2/04/07 x/x.W i l t e d.Rose.x/x The Best Final Destination. One Of My Fave Movies. Its Awesome Go See It__xx 5 stars
12/29/06 Sumixam all 3 are good, this is right up there 5 stars
12/17/06 Jeremy Movie sucked because it threw the second one out the window. 3 stars
11/01/06 Patsyc I loved the first one. The second one was good. This one was good but not quite as scary. 4 stars
10/29/06 Roger Wilks The deaths are ridiculous and sickening. The plot is senseless. SUCKS!!! 1 stars
10/24/06 Drew G Some pretty good deaths, but overall disappointing 2 stars
10/23/06 Sara It sucked because the ending was grap. 1 stars
10/06/06 Michael Coovert This plot has been played out; nothing compared to the first or second. 3 stars
10/01/06 Beau the most goriest one especially wen girls burn alive in tanning. great horror 4 stars
9/22/06 David Pollastrini good gore. 4 stars
9/18/06 Luckdeezy Pretty good...worth watching for sure 4 stars
9/13/06 Mara Frost not as good as the first 2, but still fun and original 4 stars
9/13/06 veronique ya need to like it 3 stars
9/12/06 Jorge Coronilla It wasn't that bad. 4 stars
9/12/06 Edward Connell Unforseen events make this movie interesting 5 stars
9/04/06 Indrid Cold The formula is wearing a little thin, but still more fun than most mainstream horror. 3 stars
8/25/06 Littlepurch Great gory deaths and although the middle sags, the fantastic start and end make up for it. 4 stars
8/12/06 Danny Respectable. Not as good as FD, but better than FD2. 4 stars
8/06/06 Tim The guy with the camera got off the ride the second time and he started the accident? 2 stars
8/04/06 Dan The DVD has a neat "choose their fate" option 4 stars
8/04/06 Stanley Thai Not as good as the first two. It's a decent movie wih decent kills and decent acting. 3 stars
8/01/06 Mark Louis Baumgart Decent and fun sequel. Unfortunately the ending violates the first rule of the series. 3 stars
7/28/06 action movie fan rehash of the first two--decent stpyr--overly gory though 4 stars
7/27/06 Alberto AGUIRRE My favorite film espesially the roller coaster scene. 5 stars
7/26/06 Lisa Death scenes worth a look and thena rewind!!! 3 stars
6/04/06 mary really scary 5 stars
4/27/06 BAH BAH 1 stars
4/10/06 alice Very amusing ! 4 stars
3/28/06 mick fantastic film would recommend 5 stars
3/16/06 Mason Token negro gets head crushed, what's not to like? 3 stars
3/13/06 James Bond Terrific 5 stars
3/08/06 Valerie It was alright, BUT i still think that the 1st and the 2nd ones were better 4 stars
2/28/06 Littlepurch Morgan & Wong clearly didn't want to be outdone by FD2, and make an hilarious comback here! 5 stars
2/26/06 Steven Lewis Go see it for the deaths! 4 stars
2/21/06 li' buddy really graphic good movie but same stuff as before i want mething new 4 stars
2/21/06 Jaime Moore A Great Flick much bearly better than the first two put togeather. 5 stars
2/19/06 Nic As good if not better than first 2 films... 4 stars
2/18/06 chris f totally awesome movie i loved it from start to finish 5 stars
2/13/06 Ole Man Bourbon The lead actress sucks something horrid. Typical movie for the franchise. 3 stars
2/13/06 jeff liked the scond one better but still good. 5 stars
2/11/06 Perry Mason I hate creative killing movies. This was just boring as hell. 2 stars
2/11/06 JC that movie was TOO Trill!..NEVER go Tanning again! 5 stars
2/10/06 rich Not bad for a new horror movie 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  10-Feb-2006 (R)
  DVD: 25-Jul-2006

UK
  10-Feb-2006

Australia
  27-Apr-2006




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