Alright, here we go with the FINAL DESTINATION Franchise review... I thoroughly enjoyed every installment in this saga. They all had plenty of twists and turns, along with their fair share of thrills & chills. I'm gonna break it all down for you starting with:
(10 of 10)
Once in a while, there comes a film that re-defines the teen slasher genre. Here is the film that re-defined that title by having "DEATH" be the villain that's knocking off helpless teens with no apparent escape. And in so many creative ways! It tells the story of a boy that 'sees' the plane he's traveling to Paris on explode upon lift-off. He then gets himself and a group of people thrown off the plane, as it explodes minutes later, just like in his premonition. They've all escaped death, but not for long... This is a great Thriller / Horror film that really took the genre to the next level. And if you haven't seen it, you need to go rent it immediately!
FINAL DESTINATION 2
(10 of 10)
It's very rare for a sequel to mesh so flawlessly with its predecessor, but this film does it. If you were to watch Final Destination and this film, FD2 together they will play out like one movie. It's hip, entertaining and scary as hell. This one tells the story of how other people were affected by the rift in death's "design" and how "Death" goes about cleaning up the aftermath. I loved it! This is a worthy follow-up to the smash hit original feature!
FINAL DESTINATION 3
(9 1/2 of 10)
This one starts off with a fresh storyline and a whole new group of fresh faces to die in horrific and gory ways. It keeps the Premonition aspect as a young woman sees her friends being killed on a roller coaster that goes awry at an amusement park. And of course, she gets them off only to get them on Death's hit list so they can die in even more gruesome ways. This film is great fun and the death scenes are exquisitely elaborate. The "Nail Gun" scene is my favorite sequence. And if you don't know what I mean, and you enjoyed the first two films, go rent it for yourself.
THE FINAL DESTINATION (2009)
(9 of 10)
This one brings it to the streets! Or should I say Tracks, as in Race Tracks. That's the setting for the latest installment in this uber-popular franchise. A young man sees a "vision" of a raceway engulfing in flames and killing everybody in it! He then flashbacks to before it happens and gets his friends and some other people out of the raceway before it happens. They all think they just got lucky, but they were dead-wrong! This one was presented in 3D at the Cinema and it was amazing in 3D! On Blu-ray and DVD however, not so much. And because it was shot for the "3D Effect", it looks kinda cheesy in some parts (and some deaths). It's quite a short film, but it definitely packs in a whole lot of entertainment.