Final Destination 3
The third installment in the crafty "Final Destination" franchise, once again under the guiding eye of director James Wong (co-writer and director on the first "Final Destination"), ups the stakes on its trademark Grand Guignol set pieces to give audiences a series of escalating gross-out thrills. In sticking to its well-established formula, the opening sequence—this time on a deadly roller coaster ride during a graduation night celebration—lays out an eye-popping series of fast action deaths that traumatize the teen survivors whose lives will be threatened for the duration of the movie. Although perhaps not as hair-raising as the highway pile-up intro of the second "Final Destination" (directed by David Richard Ellis), the carnival-based catastrophe resonates with the sickening fear induced by amusement rides and sets a youthful tone for the subsequent violence to flourish. Death becomes a character with a mean sense of completion in a movie that, like a roller coaster ride, includes lots of jolting twists and drops into an abyss of imminent destiny.
Rated R. 93 mins. (B) (Three Stars)