DVD Review: Final Destination 3

On what should be one of the happiest days of her life, high school senior Wendy (Winstead) joins her friends for a graduation night celebration at a local amusement park. Secured in her seat on a roller coaster, Wendy experiences a vivid premonition of a fatal accident in which the roller coaster becomes a death trap for her and her friends. Emerging from her terrifying vision and still on the ride platform, Wendy demands to be let out of the coaster car. When a fight breaks out, a handful of students are forcibly ejected from the ride. As they watch their classmates and friends from the ground below, Wendy’s premonition proves nightmarishly true – the coaster careens out of control, and all of those aboard perish. But that’s only the beginning…

Those who survive the disaster discover that fate is hard to escape. They were meant to die – and death is not so easily cheated! It’s not long before death comes to claim its next victim, and it’s through this tragedy that Wendy realizes that there are clues to the survivors’ impending demise contained in photos she took at the amusement park that fateful night. As Wendy and her classmate Kevin (Merriman) desperately try to interpret the clues that might save lives, one-by-one their friends meet fantastically gruesome ends… and soon it will be their turn.

I found myself surprisingly entertained by the 3rd edition of Final Destination. Usually I am not a fan of sequels, but this movie provided for a fun night of hanging out with friends and getting a little freaked out. The dvd itself provides a cool feature which allows you to change the course of the movie, you hold the characters faith in your hand, literally. This dvd has excellent special features, and it does them right. This is something that we only wish more movies would do. The film itself has strong acting and a script that doesn’t disappoint, although the scenes themselves can be rather gory and slightly nauseating, especially if you’ve just ate, so on that note beware. There is some nudity in the film as well, which seems as if it was placed in just so it would be there and not because the scene actually needed it. However, this is a common element to movies aimed at the teenage and young adult audience. As with the other Final Destinations, you will find yourself looking at normal every day situations with a new paranoia. Roller coasters, tanning beds, fireworks, it all suddenly has a more realistic terror to it after you watch this film, which is the point of any truly good horror movie. If I wasn’t freaked out by this film, I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much. And while it’s not the best horror movie I’ve seen this year, I have to say that it definitely is worth checking out, even if just for the cool “Choose-Their-Fate” feature, which I was thoroughly entertained by.

Review by Emma Loggins

Grade: B
Official site: http://www.fd3movie.com/
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