I thought I should post something new before everybody who doesn’t give a fuck about research studies hits my blog and decides I’m too serious and I’m a prick whose wife cheats on me (which clearly explains why I waste hours researching other people’s flawed research).
First of all, Final Destination 3 spoilers will be found here. Do not read further if you don’t want the movie spoiled! It’s worth watching, in my opinion, so it’s best to watch without spoilization. I’ll warn before spoilers, of course, but at least be warned…
Where to begin. Like FD1 and FD2, it starts with a premonition about extremely painful and gruesome deaths. If that’s why you watch these movies, then 3 is definitely a must-see.
Unlike FD1, it doesn’t utterly suck balls. Unlike FD2, it has some surprises. But unfortunately, in my opinion, even though the general ideas are better than in either of the first two movies, the overall story is just more of the same and doesn’t make for a better movie. Worth seeing, but not better.
First major problem: there’s a death that’s foreseen that doesn’t make much sense (see below for a full spoiler). My wife pointed it out to me, and I can explain it, but it was a little weird for sure.
Second major problem: the extra feature for “choose their fate” or whatever. Very shitty feature. It had a ton of potential, and at one point appeared to really make a difference. But overall, the only difference you could make to the movie as a whole was ending it prematurely. Technically this might alter the outcome, but if you watch the full movie you won’t really know that the actual ending doesn’t happen. In other words, it doesn’t alter anything, it really does just end early!
Anyway, the movie was a lot like its predecessors, but I felt like it had more gore and at the same time more substance. The story was solid enough. The characters were fun. It was a good flick if you like this sort of movie. If you disliked FD1, try out FD2. If you like that more than 1, you will probably enjoy 3. 3 is definitely more of the same, but still well worth watching.
Main spoiler: the reason I thought this movie was really good was the ending.
STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT THE END SPOILED!!
The end of the movie kills everybody. But not just like in the first movie where it was really difficult to tell what happened. In this movie, our heroine got a second premonition before dying. Only, she got the premonition when it was already too late. It was incredibly cool. I am a huge fan of happy endings, so a non-happy ending has to be pretty good for me to like it. This was such an ending, in my opinion. Seeing the end happen, then finding out it’s a premonition, and then seeing that they can’t get the train to stop… that was classy. Very cool. This is why my Netflix rating was 4 stars instead of 3.
The death that didn’t make sense, mentioned above, was McKinley’s (dunno if that’s spelled right). He was supposed to kill our heroine, but he ends up dying instead. Now if this makes any sense, she should have avoided being killed by him and then, and only then, death would skip her, start back at the beginning, and kill him. Instead, she avoids a seemingly random death that actually ends up killing him.
I explain that as McKinley was supposed to kill her by keeping her attention while he talked to her. But because she dodged, death took him instead. But it’s still weird no matter how you slice it.
Second issue was the special “Choose their fate” bit on the DVD. I can’t lower my rating for the movie because of this, as it’s not part of the movie, but it was annoying. It looks like you can change one really major event in the movie – they actually save one of the other characters. But he’s never dealt with later in the movie when everybody else dies! I fully expected him on the train at the end! Totally lost style points when I saw that he was just avoided after I made the choice to save him.