Ryne decided to watch and write about a sequel he hadn't seen until SEQUEL SEPTEMBER came up - 2009's THE FINAL DESTINATION. Judging by his review, it seems Ryne and I share similar lackluster feelings on what is considered to be the weakest entry in the FINAL DESTINATION franchise. Even Death has its off days, I guess. Check out what Ryne has to say about THE FINAL DESTINATION. Thanks Ryne for helping out!
Despite the fact that adding the word "the" to the film's title should allude to the series' finale, it seems that ending this cash cow was not in the best interests of the filmmakers. Nor does "the" refer to The Final Destination as being the definitive film in the series; that should be apparent from the opening of the film, when all of the bad acting hits you like a slap in the face. This fourth installment is a sequel in all of the ways that should kill off a successful set of films - it blatantly copies all of the elements that made the first couple of films work, except this time there's a greater sense of ridiculousness to everything.
The deaths are, as expected, gruesome and creative, new plays on the crazy accidents in life that can kill if one is in the right place at the right time. But unlike the other films in the series (at least the first two), The Final Destination has to work insanely hard to make these deaths seem realistic. Before, the deaths were scary because they were intricate but seemed reasonable; in The Final Destination, so many ridiculous factors have to work at the right time for these events to happen, and there's no reason to fear that these grisly accidents could ever happen in real life. The problem is that the filmmakers have to get more creative with each film; now they have to resort to showing incredibly happenstance events that combine for a deadly combination.
Even so, the film slacks off sometimes, like Mykelti Williamson's death. There's also the strange character personalities that refuse to believe the worst might happen, even after their lives have already been affected by crazy, unexplainable deaths. It's no wonder that these kids are targeted by death; it's Darwin's theory at work here, and if these people don't take the obvious clues given to them and try to stop their own deaths, then perhaps they're not worth saving.
What once was a creative series has now fizzled into films that simply retread the old ideas with new, grisly deaths. Unfortunately, those deaths barely make sense anymore; they're like watching Rube Goldberg devices, not like watching realistic accidents. There's a fifth film now, but when you think about it, there can always be more of these types of movies; there sure is a lot of work for Death with all of these stupid kids.