Death comes innovatively in the fourth series of the franchise that started in the summer of 2000 when a group of youngsters attempt to cheat an apparent design of death. Ten years hence, the premise remains the same, only this time around death has taken a gory turn, the displays of which are decapitations, impalements, massacres, and the like; not forgetting you get to see all this in 3D. The Final Destination also manages to make the most mundane of chores fatally dangerous.
It all begins at a racetrack. A group of friends are cautioned about something sinister by their “friend-who-sees” (Campo), who ruffles many race-enthusiasts’ feathers when he screams crash. The group and the ruffled are saved from the impending doom that befalls the stadium. But not for long as they soon discover that it leads to just one thing -death, and by a crazy pattern. From then on it’s upto the Premonition Guy to figure out a way to intervene and help his friends (Zano, Webb), girlfriend (VanSanten) and himself.
The Final Destination doesn’t deviate from the formula- a bunch of friends, forewarning, catastrophe, pattern of death, etc. But interestingly, writer Eric Bress adds innumerable decoys into the plot that it’s hard to guess if it’s deja vu or the real thing, not to forget some clever filming that keeps you wondering how the next person will meet his end. As for the deaths, they can be either riveting or loathsome, depending on the audience. Hard to miss though is the gore that splashes onto the screen in meticulous intervals.
If you’ve watched the predecessors, you might be disappointed with this one. Director Ellis may have got the formula right, but The Final Destination is more in-your-face than a subtle execution like many in its genre.