Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Film Review: FINAL DESTINATION 3 (2006)

Director: James Wong
Running time: 93 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 15

Watched on Sky+ Wednesday 4th January 2010.


I really should stop watching teen horror flicks. The trouble is, one day somebody will make a good one, and I don’t want to miss it! The graduation class at McKinley High are celebrating with an evening out at an amusement park. All is going well, but Wendy feels uneasy about something.

Wendy’s friends persuade her to go for a ride on the big dipper. As she takes her seat she has a premonition about the ride crashing and killing everyone aboard. She freaks out so much that the operator has to get her off. She goes and several others leave the ride also. Still freaking out, she is being escorted away from the ride when it crashes, killing everyone left on board. We now go forward several months where Wendy is still coming to terms with the loss of her friends, including her boyfriend, on the ride. Kevin, the boyfriend of he best friend, who was also killed, tells her about an event several years ago where a boy freaked out just before a flight left the ground. Seven passengers left the plane, which crashed on take-off. The survivors all died in mysterious circumstances, in the order they would have died on the plane, in the months that followed. Can Wendy and Kevin work out who was on the Roller Coaster and warn them before it’s too late? That’s enough spoilers for one day…

There is quite a lot of gore and use of the CGI computers in this production. Having said that, it’s not quite as bad as I thought it would be. Reasonable performances from the leading cast, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Wendy Christensen, Ryan Merriman as Kevin Fischer, Kris Lemche as Ian McKinley, Alexz Johnson as Erin and Sam Easton as Frankie Cheeks.

A fairly entertaining, if very predictable film, I guess being the third in a series doesn’t really make it easy for the writers and production team. Reasonably well made with a couple of good effects although it did lack any humour. Over all, a pretty gory teen horror that’s a bit depressing at times and has a very predictable ending.

My score: 5/10

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