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Final Destination 3 (R)

Release Date: February 10th, 2006 by New Line Cinema.
The Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, Kris Lemche, Texas Battle, Alexz Johnson, Jesse Moss, Sam Easton.
Directed by James Wong.

BASIC PREMISE: After Wendy (Winstead) and her friends cheat their own deaths by getting off a fatal roller-coaster ride, death comes back to haunt them one by one.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Part of what made the other two Final Destination films so suspenseful was not figuring out who would die next but how they would die. Final Destination 3 maintains that suspense but also makes it fun by adding photos taken of the potential victims with clues pointing to the way they are going to die. The opening scene takes hooks you right into the movie as Wendy goes through a scary, deadly roller-coaster ride—only to rewind a few minutes backwards in time to the moment when Wendy wants to get off the ride. With her unique knowledge of what’s about to happen, does everything she can to get off the ride. Everyone else thinks that she’s out of her mind as she screams and cries for others to get off the ride as well. Unfortunately, her boyfriend stays on the ride despite his pleas to get off so that he can be with Wendy. The rest of the movie is just one death sequence after another, but it never feels redundant or silly thanks to the imaginative script and terrific special effects. Those who expect gore will be quite pleased because there’s plenty of it and it looks realistic. Even one scene also contains some nudity. Eventually, Kevin (Merriman) teams up with Wendy to figure out how to outsmart Death before it kills more of their friends. However, Death doesn’t relent so easily—a few of the death sequences come by so much surprise and shock that they’re ironically funny. The direction by James Wong makes for a few very chilling scenes which may give you nightmares.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you check your brain at the door.


IN A NUTSHELL: A guilty pleasure! Mindless fun with plenty of gore! You will never want to step on a roller-coaster again!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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