Everything is dying …
The first movie was the most original one. The second was by far the most spectacular (that car crash is still, after so many years, very impressive) and the third one was the most entertaining for it had the best characters (people you actually cared about) and a storyline less predictable than its predecessors. Final destination 4 – ineptly named The Final Destination – is easily the weakest entry of the entire series. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, because the writers still come up with a neat, little package of cool-looking death scenes. Especially the car wash scene is quite something else. But it’s everything else surrounding the death scenes that feels … err … dead.
First and foremost The Final Destination fails miserably in the one department where the previous one got most of its raw power: characters! This movie is crammed with faceless, nameless and utterly one-dimensional cardboard characters with as much substance as a white piece of paper. There’s not a single death that will affect you, not in any way! You will find yourself rather smiling or laughing (but not in a good way) than actually feeling sorry for the teenage boys and girls being ripped apart.
And speaking of which: that’s another major failure! Why does everything have to be so bloody? What’s with that bloodthirsty desire to make everything look so gory and fake? Human bodies are being smashed into pieces as if they were made of rubber or glass. Now, whilst this particular flaw is something that found its origin in the third movie (though only once), it seems like every single character in part 4 dies a Freddy Krueger-A Nightmare on Elm Street way to the point where you simply stop caring about what transpires on the screen.
The story also falls flat on its face. How could it not? After three movies setting up the same formula (and somehow getting away with it), the fourth one feels uneventfully dull at times, especially in the scenes where the characters sit around the table and discuss their next step. It’s a prosaic way to establish a little bit of character depth which, given the bar none mundane acting and uninteresting persons in the movie, simply does not work. Suffice to say, The Final Destination has little or no chemistry, except the one that might end up killing one of the characters.
Does this mean that The Final Destination is a bad movie? Hardly … it’s just another empty horror movie like so many were made in Tinseltown. It’s the kind of movie for people who can’t/won’t use their brains, whether by mental inability or choice. It’s the kind of movie where you rejoice when another death colors the screen red … and of course … the filthier the death, the happier the people watching it. As far as the cast goes, there is but one decent actor and that is Mykelti Williamson. Poor man, because he definitely has the talent but is vastly overqualified to play in such a mess. The man would later be given a chance to show his true talent when playing CTU-executive Brian Hastings in 24: Season 8.
The lead role is played by such a juvenile unknown newcomer that a search on Google or IMDB is pretty much the only way to remember what his name is or even what he looks like. Bobby Campo probably does what he can, but what he can is not enough. He has a face that would fit a commercial of a cleaning product, but to serve a character in a movie seems a stretch too far for the young lad. With him are a bunch of good-looking teenagers like so many have passed the revue. You won’t remember them after the movie’s over and that’s okay. They were good enough to be killed in the movie … and that’s pretty much the only service they have to offer!
Give it to me straight:
Final destination 4 or The final destination is what is known as a bridge too far. The formula had already been used 3 times before and with it, a fourth time, and there’s simply not enough new things to bring to the table. Still, the writers try their best to keep things fresh and moderately interesting and they succeed, if only just. The deaths and murders are still quite interesting to look at, albeit often fake with too much blood involved. But where the movie loses control is in regards to the characters and the total lack of story believability. Especially the many deaths and the way they are shown on the silver screen are more fake than fun, so much so in fact that you simply stop caring for any of the characters.
The final destination isn’t bad, but it’s become a joke (and not a good one). It’s become its own worst nightmare, a travesty, an excuse to show as much blood and gore as possible without ever advancing the story or its characters. There is no – and I mean: absolutely none whatsoever! – substance in the story. And the characters are all so empty and lifeless that the movie itself – as well as the people in it – are all dying a slow and painful death!
Give it to me short:
The final destination is the fourth entry in this series and even though the original 3 movies were quite good, this one forgets to tell a story that matters, present characters that you care about and there’s also a serious lack of credibility in the murders that smear the screen red. Wasn’t the intent of the Final destination-movies to present semi-realistic, everyday situations that are in fact dangerous and could cause your death if you weren’t careful enough … nowadays all we get is a cheap horror movie! As if we don’t have enough of those …