The Final Destination (2009) Movie Review
Written By: LFG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: David R. Ellis
Producer: Craig Perry, Warren Zide
Writer: Eric Bress
Date Released: August 28, 2009
Bobby Campo as Nick O’Bannon
Shantel VanSanten as Lori Milligan
Nick Zano as Hunt Wynorski
Haley Webb as Janet Cunningham
Mykelti Williamson as George Lanter
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Nick (Bobby Campo) and his girlfriend Shantel (Lori Milligan) spend a day at a local speedway along with their friends Hunt (Nick Zano) and Janet (Haley Webb) when Nick suddenly has a premonition about a race car accident, which results to the death of many spectators. He freaks out and demands to leave the area, but this caused a commotion, and Nick was escorted out of the speedway with his friends and some other people. A few minutes later, they hear a loud explosion, and Nick’s premonition proves to be true. Everyone is grateful and could not believe their luck until one by one, the survivors of the speedway accident started to die in various freak accidents, in the same chronological order they died in Nick’s premonition. Nick realizes that death is after them, and he races through time to find a way to cheat death once more before it is too late for him and his friends.
Gore was everywhere in this film! The film did not hold back in showcasing such in various methods of execution, most of which were in a freak accident scenario, as expected in all Final Destination films. However, the most interesting one in the film would have to be Hunt’s (Nick Zano) death scene in the pool where he was sucked by an underwater drainpipe, with his internal organs sputtering out of the exhaust thereafter. I say interesting because this method is far from the usual death by impaling, which is common in the Final Destination franchise.
The Grave Review
The Final Destination (2009) is the fourth installment of the Final Destination franchise. With each new installment, the director tries to one-up the previous film by coming up with much more gruesome ways for the characters to die. This is also what makes the film fun to watch as viewers look forward to how deaths will be played out, and this is partly because the storyline of the entire franchise is similar.
The death scenes were all gruesome and gore was not spared, especially in the premonition scene in the race track. This is usually where the viewers get a taste of what’s to come in the film. There are also some scenes which were quite comical in a sense where viewers would probably ask themselves if this could actually happen in real life—most notably the bath tub death scene at the hospital. The same applies to the swimming pool death scene.
The set of characters follows the usual Final Destination formula: a guy has a premonition and only his girlfriend believes him, and his other friends are skeptical about the entire thing. Character-wise, it is quite difficult to choose one who stood out the most as they are not unique characters to begin with. The only character who is different from everyone else in the film (and perhaps in the entire franchise) is Lori, considering she is the only other character who started to experience premonitions other than the main character of the film.
Overall, this is not the best Final Destination film, but it is decent. Fans would still enjoy watching this, but it feels like it didn’t bring anything new to the table.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Final Destination (2009) 1.5 out of 5 graves.
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