TV Movie Review: The Final Destination


(2009) ★★

Channel 4: Sunday 17 January, 11.05pm

It’s déjà vu va-va-voom when Bobby Campo and Shantel VanSanten survive a devastating speedway stadium crash’n’burn. A big pile of freak accidents and emergencies are waiting to happen in a slapstick splatter flick filmed in 3D (hence the cartoon-bright colours and inanely intrusive perspectives).

Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis also handled Final Destination 2 before delivering the not-so final fourth Destination. Ellis died early in January 2013, age 60, in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was preparing to reunite with Samuel L. Jackson on a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime Kite (eventually made, to no great acclaim, by Ralph Ziman).

Ellis’ last completed movie was Shark Night 3D. As a postscript to a pretty good trilogy, the cheap thrills on offer here amount to blowing a raspberry at the audience. They saved the least till last. Or they would have, had 2011’s Final Destination 5 not provided a more fitting postscript – efficiently delivering the requisite jolts and shudders with a story neatly tied into the first film.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 81min

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