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Final Destination 3
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by William Goss

"Hurts So Good"
4 stars

You know the drill: young adult has vivid premonition of tragic accident, saves themselves and their friends from said accident, Death begins to kill off the survivors with quite elaborate means. Yeah, it may be a formula, but the 'Final Destination' franchise has fully embraced this blueprint in all its gory glory. The latest contribution to the series, 'Final Destination 3,' is no exception, delivering the gruesome goods in spades while maintaining the same sickly satisfaction that made its predecessors so appealing.

At the local grad night celebration, Wendy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) foresees a rollercoaster disaster and manages to save several of her classmates before the doomed ride departs. Sure enough, the accident occurs as expected, and everyone’s favorite reaper decides to play catch-up by taking out the remaining students in methods that would make Rube Goldberg cringe. Taking a page from The Omen, Wendy and Kevin (Ryan Merriman) happen to find clues to their peer’s demises in photos taken before the accident, and it is this narrative thread that propels the film from death scene to death scene. Once each morbid Mouse Trap gets going, the film offers grisly knee-jerk fun as a result of the string of creatively staged executions. It wouldn’t be fair to spoil any of the scares, so let’s just say that fans are unlikely to be disappointed.

The three-quel marks the return of director James Wong and co-writer Glen Morgan, the pair behind the first one and not the second, which had a more campy tone compared to its kin. Wong knows that the story needs little set-up and manages to keep his priorities in order, kicking things off with a gut-wrenching opener and then mercifully killing off the one-note characters with relatively simple schemes before devoting more time to endangering the leads in increasingly intricate fashion. The frights are more fun than anything, and more so than the others, FD3 goes out of its way to set up excessive potential for casualties, so much that the threat rarely comes from where expected. With red herrings and arterial spray abound, the film achieves a supreme sense of gratification with each and every fatality.

None of the preceding cast returns this time, save for a voice cameo by Tony Todd, who previously appeared as an ever-ominous mortician, providing the opportunity for fresh faces to alleviate any sense of monotony between bloodshed. The deaths come in a suitable rhythm, establishing a worthy balance of jolts and jokes, and despite some awfully time-consuming opening credits, the film maintains an admirable sense of efficiency throughout.

Just before seeing 'FD3,' I had to endure 'The Pink Panther,' a film utterly devoid of any tact or nuance. However, a complete lack of subtlety works wonders for something like this series. While the prospect of a fourth entry seems tiring, in three years, the genre may be begging for a fresh coat of blood. Thanks to its sheer simplicity and modest intentions, the 'Final Destination' films are one of the most steadily satisfying and endearing franchises around, horror or otherwise. After all, the gore, the merrier.

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User Comments

6/20/20 dupadoit best in the series 4 stars
12/19/13 Monday Morning Hideous, horribly painful deaths will never go out of style! 5 stars
7/29/12 cr a guilty pleasure of the series. still a fun movie. 3 stars
3/10/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Goofy fun 3 stars
1/11/09 Daniel Omer It has mediocre acting and gore, but the ending plain sucks. 2 stars
12/20/08 dominic thebestmovieeverandidontlie 5 stars
9/28/08 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
5/30/07 wouldntulyke2no its the best out of the 3 films but did have some plot holes 5 stars
5/12/07 Matt The best film in the t(h)rilogy. The 'choose thier fate' option on the DVD is ace. 5 stars
4/02/07 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
12/30/06 Sumixam all 3 are good, this is right up there 5 stars
12/18/06 Jeremy Movie sucked because it threw the second one out the window. 3 stars
11/02/06 Patsyc I loved the first one. The second one was good. This one was good but not quite as scary. 4 stars
10/30/06 Roger Wilks The deaths are ridiculous and sickening. The plot is senseless. SUCKS!!! 1 stars
10/25/06 Drew G Some pretty good deaths, but overall disappointing 2 stars
10/24/06 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
9/23/06 David Pollastrini good gore. 4 stars
9/19/06 Luckdeezy Pretty good...worth watching for sure 4 stars
9/14/06 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
9/13/06 Jorge Coronilla It wasn't that bad. 4 stars
9/13/06 Edward Connell Unforseen events make this movie interesting 5 stars
9/05/06 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
8/13/06 Danny Respectable. Not as good as FD, but better than FD2. 4 stars
8/07/06 Tim The guy with the camera got off the ride the second time and he started the accident? 2 stars
8/05/06 Dan The DVD has a neat "choose their fate" option 4 stars
8/05/06 Stanley Thai Not as good as the first two. It's a decent movie wih decent kills and decent acting. 3 stars
8/02/06 Mark Louis Baumgart Decent and fun sequel. Unfortunately the ending violates the first rule of the series. 3 stars
7/29/06 action movie fan rehash of the first two--decent stpyr--overly gory though 4 stars
7/28/06 Alberto AGUIRRE My favorite film espesially the roller coaster scene. 5 stars
7/27/06 Lisa Death scenes worth a look and thena rewind!!! 3 stars
6/05/06 mary really scary 5 stars
4/28/06 BAH BAH 1 stars
4/10/06 alice Very amusing ! 4 stars
3/29/06 mick fantastic film would recommend 5 stars
3/17/06 Mason Token negro gets head crushed, what's not to like? 3 stars
3/14/06 James Bond Terrific 5 stars
3/09/06 Valerie It was alright, BUT i still think that the 1st and the 2nd ones were better 4 stars
3/01/06 Littlepurch Morgan & Wong clearly didn't want to be outdone by FD2, and make an hilarious comback here! 5 stars
2/27/06 Steven Lewis Go see it for the deaths! 4 stars
2/22/06 li' buddy really graphic good movie but same stuff as before i want mething new 4 stars
2/22/06 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
2/19/06 chris f totally awesome movie i loved it from start to finish 5 stars
2/14/06 Ole Man Bourbon The lead actress sucks something horrid. Typical movie for the franchise. 3 stars
2/14/06 jeff liked the scond one better but still good. 5 stars
2/12/06 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
2/11/06 rich Not bad for a new horror movie 4 stars
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  DVD: 25-Jul-2006



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