Final Destination 3 : Movie Review

With each new outing, the Final Destination movies are getting better. At this rate, by the fifth or sixth entry in the series, one of them will finish the year in my Top 10. Or maybe the films' relentless pursuit of creative mayhem and murder is wearing me down. Things that make the third installment more easily digested than its predecessors: the best opening sequence of the series, actors for whom acting school is not uniformly recommended, dialogue that is sometimes not laughable, and an ending that (finally) doesn't cheat. Then, of course, there are the deaths, which are a delicious mixture of red herrings and Rube Goldberg deviousness. The fun with these isn't figuring out who is going to get it, but how they're going to get it. Director James Wong approaches the moment of maximum bloodletting with a macabre sense of humor. Final Destination 3 replaces the unintentional chortles of its predecessors with intentional humor, and that's to its benefit.

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Author : James Berardinelli