Director – David R. Ellis
Cast – Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb, Mykelti Williamson, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Justin Welborn, Stephanie Honore, Lara Grice, Jackson Walker, Phil Austin
Release Year – 2009
Reviewed by John of the Dead
After mostly enjoying Final Destination, Final Destination 3, and really enjoying Final Destination 2, I figured that despite the downgrade from the second to the third installment that this fourth entry would continue the enjoyable experiences I had been given, but that was far from the case with The Final Destination – definitely the worst entry in the series and one that fails to compare to its predecessors.
Once again we are given the same overall storyline, this time following Nick O’Bannon(Bobby Campo), who while at a car race at McKinley Speedway suffers a premonition involving the deaths of him and his friends, and manages to save the people around him from a fiery death. However, death of course hates to lose, and once again embarks on a vengeful path to collect the lives of those who should have died.
I admit that I normally have a strong feeling that continuing efforts in horror franchises will suck as each film is made, but I had no clue that The Final Destination would suck as much as it did. Sadly to say, both the writing and direction lead to this poor effort’s demise, which surprised me given Final Destination 2 director David R. Ellis and writer Eric Bress returned to the franchise for this one, and despite them giving us the best entry in Final Destination 2 they also gave us the worst with this one – ironic huh?
As expected the storyline is overall the same that we are given with every film of this franchise, but it was the screenplay it self that really aided in sending this film to the gutter. As usual we are given some pretty cool kill sequences, but they were not nearly as creative or enjoyable as those of the previous efforts, and that is still the best this entry had to offer. The stupid and ridiculous dialogue is what really sent this film downhill from the decent opening sequence, which is usually downright awesome in the previous films, as most of our characters were forced to spew very poorly written dialogue throughout this 82 minute watch. While not a guarantee, most short horror films are not very good, and this being the shortest of the series played very much into it being the worst thus far. The character play was decent, throwing us for a few loops here and there, but overall it was not close to enough to save this story from what I am about to mention in this next paragraph.
David R. Ellis(Shark Night 3D, Snakes on a Plane) pretty much eliminated whatever he accomplished in Final Destination 2 with this film. His execution was lame from the get-go, in which I found myself not enjoying the opening sequence for the first time in this franchise, and from then on out the film continued the mess it was in. While our character performances were decent and mostly came off horrible due to the poor writing, there were little positive elements for this film. You would at least expect the kill sequences to be as good as they usually are, but I never once found myself enjoying a kill and found most of them to be pretty cheap in their CGI usage, which could play into the fact that this film was released in 3D…but still – bad is bad. Of course, a crappy film would not be a crappy film without a fittingly crappy climax, which was definitely one of the worst and stupidest I have ever seen, securing the sour experience I had been forced to endure for 80 minutes.
Overall, The Final Destination is definitely the worst entry in the series and a bad horror film overall. The writing is cheap and stupid, and Ellis’ direction pales in comparison to what he accomplished in Final Destination 2 as he consistently gave us poor execution of every element involved. Not recommended.