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Final Destination 3

A horror movie directed by James Wong and Julie Ng

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More Of The Same, But It's Missing Something

  • Sep 2, 2006
I really enjoyed the first two "Final Destination" flicks. The original was exactly that--original. Having Death go after those who cheated him was a very good idea. The second film, bringing back Ali Larter and (in a minor role) Tony Todd, managed to keep my attention very well. The kills were a bit more extravagant and the pacing was excellent.

With "Final Destination 3," however, this rollercoaster has lost some steam. Granted, the kills in this film were just as fun and intricately built as in the other two films, but it lacked characters that you could actually pull for. Wendy, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is the closest to an actual hero that the viewer would have any emotion for.

The rest of the characters, played by remotely recognizable Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche, a dude who's actually named Texas Battle, goth-girl wannabe Alexz Johnson (the "x" at the end of her name makes her cool) and a slew of other unknowns, do a decent job of standing around looking brooding, hot, athletic, or whatever else their stereotyped character is supposed to be.

In case you're wondering about the plot, it's the same as the other two flicks. Wendy has a premonition about a rollercoaster ride going insanely bad and her actions cause a few other people to miss the ride. Death then goes after them, killing them off in the order they would have died on the coaster. The rest of the story is spent showing us how gory and intricate the deaths can become.

Something was missing here. Perhaps it's just the fact that this is the third installment of the series and it's become boring. Maybe it was the lack of a character you'd want to see actually survive to the end. I don't know, but I have to say that despite the film's being boring, it moved at an excellent pace. I was forty-five minutes into the film before I stopped to check how much time was left to the film.

The DVD has quite a few nice extras, including the standard "making of" documentaries, an animated short, a look at teen thrillers, and a neat feature called "Choose Their Fate," which allows the viewer to pick one of two options to see either a different way of a character getting offed or, in a couple of cases, the characters actually survive.

Overall, I'd consider this a good rental, but I would only buy it if I already own the other two flicks and needed it for a complete set.

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review by . August 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**1/2 out of ****     With James Wong back in the director's chair, "Final Destination 3" already has plenty of potential. I watched it and tried to enjoy myself, and I did. Wong is good at making movies like this. He knows how to stage death scenes and plot his movies in this franchise in an almost satirical, funny way. This installment is closer to what I liked about the first film than the first sequel, and it hits the spot, for what it is. Nothing can save it from its stupid, …
review by . October 13, 2009
I was very disappointed with this third film of the Final Destination series.  The movie was nothing more than rehashed tripe, very contrived scenes of "accidents" and a lot of hokum.  I really enjoyed the first two films but the last two were just bad.  All I can say is that I was not pleased with the film because it failed on all levels.  The actors weren't very good, the direction was by-the-numbers and the writing was mediocre.  The main reason was the set …
review by . April 29, 2009
This is the most entertaining of the 3 films. The deaths are really cleverly done. A teen who was about to go on a roller coaster has a vision of everybody dieing horribly on the ride. She starts screaming just before the ride is about to start and she and several other people leave the ride. The ride does in fact crash in the same way she imagined it. The ones that got off the ride in time and cheated death start to die in the order that they were sitting on the ride.     The …
review by . November 02, 2008
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review by . May 02, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
I've always been a huge fan of the Final Destination series, mainly because it got me to look at the world in a whole new light. Granted, a slightly paranoid light, but a new light all the same. Any film capable of doing this deserves some recognition! The first and second were gory and brashy films, and didn't attempt to pretend they weren't, and the third followed the same route.    The plot in itself was pretty thin, and the characters were really just people on a hit list, …
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Final Destination 3 is a 2006 horror movie, and the third film in the Final Destination series distributed by New Line Cinema. The film was directed and written by James Wong, who co-wrote and directed the original, and was produced by Craig Perry. The film was originally scheduled for release on February 24, 2006, however, the date was moved to two weeks earlier, February 10.

Final Destination 3 was rated R by the MPAA for strong horror violence/gore, language and some nudity. It received a 15 certificate in the United Kingdom. In Germany, it received an 18 certificate, in contrast to the 16 received by the first two installments, due to the increased relative intensity of violence and gore.
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Director: James Wong
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Release Date: February 10, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: James Wong
Runtime: 1hr 32min
Studio: New Line Cinema
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