|Final Destination, The (2009)|
|Written by Noah Fleming|
|Wednesday, 20 January 2010|
The original writing and producing team of Glen Morgan and James Wong had it right. They declined to work on the sequels (with the exception of "Final Destination 3" which came from the desperation of the economy). At a seminar they stated that they declined because any sequels would just be inventing more ways to kill people. And they were right.
The second Final Destination film actually continued the saga a little bit by introduced a new design in death's plan. However, nothing new came from the third and fourth films. This fourth film uses the exact same plot as the first two films combined. Everything is the same down to the number of characters, order in which they die and even some of the ways in which they die.
"The Final Destination" is truly just inventing more ways in which to show people decapitated or squashed. There is zero entertainment value for this film. There is nothing in the way of a plot. And despite reports, this is not a frightening movie. There are no startling moments. Everything is predictable and dull. As evidence of the lack of interest in the film even the writers couldn't decide how to end the film as there are three endings of this film, all of which are a letdown.
Those who wish to see this film will undoubtedly be watching for the splattering of brains and guts all over the screen. While, I am happy to report that those fans will be impressed with this video transfer. The 1080p/VC-1 encode is highly polished, but remains effective. The colors are vibrant when it comes the blood red end of the spectrum. The blood is a nice mixture that lays somewhere between fake looking ketchup and red dye sugar water. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is revealing. Artifacting is minimal, usually only brought upon by artificial sharpening of the image. The film is not consistent overall as some scenes lack dimensionality and others are over processed. The details and textures remain consistent throughout and will appease horror fans.
The DTS-HD 5.1 audio track is quite impressive. All the action sequences will fully immerse you in the film. Non-horror sequences are unfortunately front heavy. This is not due to the audio track. Dialogue remains intelligible throughout. The frequency response is expansive. The LFE channel is solid and present throughout the film, other than for a few snoozy dialogue sequences. The dynamic range has some balance issues, but will certainly wake up the neighbors. The surround channels are immersive for nearly all the films. The discreet effects are solid, though the panning can become spotty at times. The audio track lacks subtleties and good ambience, but it is accurate for the genre of film.
As this is the fourth installment it seems that the studio ran out of ideas for special features. It would have been nice to have a segment that ties all the films together, though it is probable that the studio realized there is not connection in terms of actual plot. The majority of features are exclusive to the Blu-ray. There is a brief look at the upcoming remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street." There are two alternate endings that I already indicated were useless. "'The Final Destination' Previsualization and Storyboards" is self-explanatory. Finally, "Body Count: The Deaths of the Final Destination" examines the different areas of the film's death sequences. Not exclusive to the Blu-ray are some deleted scenes that are also dull.
NOTE: The DVD and Blu-ray come with both the 2-D and 3-D versions of the film. The 3-D version on the Blu-ray is decent. There are a few instances in which items fly directly into your face. Unfortunately the lack of brightness in the image makes the 3-D effect limited in many situations. I recommend the 3-D version if you are interested in watching this film.