Final Destination 3 (2006)

Final Destination 3 (2006)

2006 R 93 Minutes

Horror | Mystery

In this third installment of the Final Destination series, a student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from death itself which seeks out those who...

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • Final Destination 3 is three times the creativity, but three times the predictability. When a franchise like 'Final Destination' takes an idea and utilises the same narrative structure throughout all of the sequels, you can't help but feel cheated by Death himself. However, you know what they all say *cue London accent* "if it ain't broke, don't fix it...init". This third instalment is more of the same. A group of friends cheat death from a freak accident involving a rollercoaster, they each slowly die in other accidents in the sequential order they would've died if they stayed on the ride. If you've seen its predecessors then you know exactly what you are getting into. Non-existent character development, a predictable plot and a series of absolute convenient accidents that are timed so precisely that you just have to admire the creativity involved. These accidents rely on so many components falling into place, whether it be a shelf locking two temperature rising sun beds together or an unmanned truck rolling down a hill and accurately slotting into a drive-thru, that actually they no longer become surprising. Unlike the first film, they aren't unexpected all. Death has clearly meticulously planned these gruesome scenes for our pleasure, so I thank him for that. Aside from that, this film has no substance whatsoever. The characters theorise the plot's structure before the first freak accident as they try to warn others that they are next in line, leaving no excitement or thrills to be had. At the narrative's core, it becomes predictably boring. That's certainly not Wong's fault who does showcase some excellent directing techn...wait, he wrote this too? Well, in that case it is his fault. The franchise's structure has now run its course. Inventive but lacking in substance and thrills. If only the producers had a premonition in 2009, we wouldn't have had even worse sequels. Oh, before I forget, what I will say is that I will never ever ever go on a sun bed. That scene scarred me for life when I was younger...or should I say, it was burnt into my mind...