My History With the Film:
I really enjoy the Final Destination franchise as a whole now in 2018. However in 2006, when Final Destination 3 came out, I was a little fatigued. I felt like Final Destination 3 was a low budget attempt to cash in on the Final Destination name. I distinctly remember turning it off right after the tanning bed scene that happens maybe twenty minutes into the flick. Maybe I was just in a bad mood that day or maybe I was wanting something more ground breaking, but I always wrote off Final Destination 3 as the terrible sequel that doesn’t deserve any credit.
I decided to watch it again, this time completely, and I found myself enjoying the movie a lot. I still feel it’s the weakest entry in the franchise, but it retains that Final Destination charm and the film works.
What the Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
Following a rollercoaster disaster, a group of survivors attempt to thwart death’s plan to finish them off.
What I Liked About It:
-I hate roller coasters, like seriously hate them. I don’t like the idea of being strapped to something I have no control over and then sent along a bunch of wood or metal while just hoping it all holds together. So, naturally, the roller coaster scene is what I assume will happen whenever I strapped in on a rollercoaster. I can’t say that I’m terrified by it, because quite frankly, I’d never find myself in that situation to begin with.
-The cast doesn’t a decent enough job, but I feel like it may be the reason I find this sequel so weak. I’m a big fan of Amanda Crew (Sex Drive, Silicon Valley), so it was a pleasant surprise to see her pop up in this movie.
-The most effective death scenes are the ones that are simple, probable, and can happen anywhere. In Final Destination 3, there is a scene that takes place in a drive thru and involves a huge rolling truck that is absolutely terrifying because it’s something that could happen to anyone, pretty much anywhere. When a scene sticks with you weeks after watching the movie, you know it’s effective, and that scene stuck with me.
What I Didn't Like About It:
-The film didn’t try anything new which worked for and against it. It was very formulaic, and that made it feel old, but I’m also glad they didn’t try and reinvent the wheel.
-The ending was bad. I was not a fan of the subway scene.
-The cast members had to ride the rollercoaster 26 times in one night to get the shot for the premonition scene.
-Tony Todd (the mortician in the first two films) provides the voice of the devil above the rollercoaster as well as the speaker’s voice in the subway at the end of the film that says, “This is the end of the line.”
-Like the previous two films, the ending was changed after testing badly at a test screening.
-The movie opened ten days after post production ended.
-Notable cast members in other horror films:
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing (2011), 10 Cloverfield Lane)
- Amanda Crew (The Haunting in Connecticut)
- Kris Lemche (Ginger Snaps)
- Jesse Moss (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, The Uninvited)
Final Destination 3 is a good time, despite being a weak link in the franchise. The movie is worth watching only because it sticks with what makes Final Destination work, which are outrageous kills that send a chill down your spin, while making you cheer at the same time.
I wouldn’t start with Final Destination 3, but if you decided to check out the franchise then don’t skip out on three. I’d say the film it’s a three and a half out of five and is skippable if you are just looking for a horror movie to watch, but if you are doing a watch through of the whole series then be sure to check it out.