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Urban Legends: The Final Cut
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by Greg Muskewitz

"All I can do is sigh."
2 stars

Urban Legends: Final Cut (sequel to Urban Legend, singular, where the 2 to signify it's status is instead replaced by an 's') is a legend in its own mind. With the exception of a character or two turning up, and the fact that this deals with similar urban myths ("Like the one where the girl ate a burrito with roaches eggs and they hatched out of her nose, or…") it shares very little with it's predecessor -which is a good thing, because I wasn't very fond of it. Instead, by making it a movie about movies, college films at least, it has a lot to toy around with, but through an unsteady mix of overload and equivocation of plot ideas, Urban Legends becomes nothing more than the first -just a little more ambitious.

Set at an unnamed university boasting the very best film program (UCLA and USC are disqualified because it snows, and NYU isn't located off of a lake), the semester is nearing an end, and the students' thesis films will be due. From there, they all have a shot at winning the Hitchcock award, which brings in $15,000 for personal spending, and a guaranteed shot to direct a Hollywood film. (No feat nowadays considering how many hack directors there are. Look at the movies Snow Day, Here on Earth, The Skulls and many more to see what I mean. All of the directors made "Hollywood films" only to be obfuscated into hackhood forever. It's unavoidable.)

The selected protagonist is Amy Mayfield (Jennifer Morrison), daughter of a famed documentarian. She's just started to culminate an idea for her film -based on basic urban legends-when one student, Travis (Matthew Davis) commits suicide and others (all film students) begin mysteriously disappearing and being murdered. In order to keep a scorecard, here are all the other characters a/k/a list of suspects a/k/a bodies to keep track of: Vanessa (Eva Mendes), Simon (Marco Hofschneider), Stan (Anthony Anderson), Dirk (Michael Bacall), Toby (Anston Mount), Sandra (Jessica Cauffiel), Graham (Joey Lawrence), and Professor Solomon (Hart Bochner). And as extra comic relief, we have the same security guard, Reese (Loretta Devine) with attitude like Pam Grier's in Foxy Brown and Coffy (which she watches), now relocated to a different campus since the first. Then suddenly Trevor (Davis again) shows up claiming to be Travis' twin brother. Is he? Is he the killer? Well, for the sake of those who are actually will to see and pay for this, I'll bite my tongue. Hard.

Final Cut's biggest problem is that it bites off too much. There's a lot of material to use, but neophyte writers (Paul H. Boardman and Scott Derrickson) and director (John Ottman -who is an accomplished composer and editor) use it all. They try to be astute and weave in mentions of François Traffaut and his Day for Night, Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, as well as a whole slew of Hitchcock's films (Psycho, North by Northwest, et al) and even thematically recreates some of Vertigo, using dualities as well as the famed bell tower. Not as clever as they might think, the movie's target audience is teens and young adults -most of whom are not familiar with Hitchcock's work, nor Traffaut's. To them, The 400 Blows sounds like an ordinary porno. The filmmakers even go as far as to include a rip-off, hand-held camera Blair Witch scene.

All too soon, the script falls apart. The motives of the killer sounds like something from a soap opera. It's unjustifiable, cheesy, and aside from a lucky guess of who the character might be, there's no plot hints dropped at anytime -only giant red herrings. The gore, for example, during the decapitation scene, is gory just for the hell of it. The rationalization is unfounded and therefore it becomes worthless. Then of course there's the false sentimentality and dopey dialogue. ("You know Travis, it's gonna be OK!")

Here's an example of how far the coincidences run to the point of unbelievability: like the Jenny McCarthy scene in Scream 3, a girl who had a drug slipped into her drink collapses in the coatroom where the killer awaits. What's to say that the girl would drop directly there, in front of the rack where he/she hides behind? What are the odds? Who says she wouldn't have passed out at the table or the dancefloor? It wouldn't work because it's not convenient for the script; the chances of the killer fully carrying her out of the place would have been too unbelievable. It's too phony to go along with either way.

Anyway, what killer still wears a hood inside the house with the fencing mask is still on? And how believable or maneuverable can it be in a raincoat to do all this running around, and lurking without notice? Ottman should just stick with composing and editing. The writers should quit. The actors are all newcomers (except for Lawrence who's too passé for this to qualify as an 'in' joke) and it shows.

Final Verdict: D-.

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User Comments

11/25/13 Jan Marie It just doesn’t get any better than seeing the gorgeous “Mrs. Anita Pelaez” over at her and 5 stars
4/04/09 Dane Youssef Actually... kind of fun for a sequel to a movie that was a rip-off in the first place. 4 stars
1/12/06 Darren O lacks the novelty of the original, and doesn't live up to the title 2 stars
1/02/06 Wiseman hahahaah oh my god, the first one was ok, but this one is a HORRIFIC PEICE OF Shiat 1 stars
10/24/05 tony poooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 1 stars
8/04/05 ^podo boring and stupid... 2 stars
5/24/05 E-FUNK Holy shit! This movie is so bad it warrants executions for everyone involved. 1 stars
2/02/04 Rocko *cough* horse shit *cough* 1 stars
11/25/03 Thiago Pretty original way to continue the series. I really enjoyed UL2. 4 stars
11/09/03 Samuel Didn't even compare to the origional...which also sucked!! 3 stars
11/04/03 American Slasher Goddess Not bad, but weaker then the first one. 3 stars
7/25/03 Double G Why did they make a sequel, if they 1st one was so bad. This is torture, don't watch it!!!! 1 stars
7/07/03 Jack Sommersby Arid and just plain boring sequel to the passable original. Good cinematography, though. 1 stars
7/03/03 Gray had some good scenes wasn't helped by racist hummer 2 stars
6/23/03 Hottie I didn't think it was that bad! I thought it was good! 4 stars
4/01/03 y2mckay God how I hated this piece fo shit. Die, Loretta Devine. DIE YOU FAT BITCH! 1 stars
3/02/03 ME A GREAT FILM 5 stars
1/02/03 Chowie WHAT A PIECE OF SHIT! 1 stars
6/02/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi this was fucking torture 1 stars
4/26/02 Charles Tatum Terrible sequel to a terrible film 1 stars
3/15/02 Christian Oh dear. What happened?The first one was so entertaining 1 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 one of my beer farts could make a better film, even the girls are ugly. 1 stars
11/17/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is better than the first one & really haves it clever parts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/02/01 Jennifer Doran i like chicks 4 stars
4/16/01 LiL Wow, what a piece of shit 1 stars
3/28/01 Rampage Crappy shows like The X-Files are even freakier that any stupid teen horror flick. 1 stars
2/22/01 Jenna Eva Mendes is HOT 4 stars
2/11/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi Doesn't even qualify as hackwork. Shit trying to pass itself off as potpourri. 1 stars
1/14/01 movie chick Don't waste your time on this crappy sequel. 1 stars
12/19/00 Thrillhouse Like JustinR review says, "Who comes up with this shit?" 1 stars
12/06/00 Cristopher Revilla what's with hollywood? they're just releasing shitty sequels from even shittier flicks!!! 1 stars
12/03/00 Stuntman laughably stupid, makes Malcolm in the Middle look like Eerie Indiana 1 stars
12/03/00 Dee Ingold I think it was an awesome movie i want to see it again. 5 stars
11/13/00 Evelyn Four words...MATTHEW DAVIS IS SEXY!!p.s. I liked this movie a lot better than the first one 5 stars
10/09/00 Ground Zero worse than the first 1 stars
10/05/00 Jacques Strap it's like watchingX-Files, but w/o Fox Mulder and Scully. Godawful. 1 stars
10/04/00 JJ It was fun 4 stars
10/04/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Suckers! You've wasted your lives and money on a piece of dreck. Satan Rules Hollywood!!! 1 stars
10/02/00 PJ Got 6 words for this crap-- This Movie Sucked Ass Shit Stains. By the way Jacinda gets it! 1 stars
10/02/00 KAM Bad, very, very, bad 2 stars
9/30/00 Stuntman GO SEE SCARY MOViE 1 stars
9/26/00 tuna could this movie suck any more? 1 stars
9/25/00 siro why oh why did i waste 8bucks on this, when i could've been at home, masterbating?!? 1 stars
9/25/00 Jason O should've gone to the symphony... 1 stars
9/24/00 Ground Zero whoever came up with that armpit should be dragged out in the street and shot. Awful. 1 stars
9/23/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble If you want a good scare. Buy the Harry Potter books. Hollywood has lost all hope. 1 stars
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