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'The Final Destination'
(Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, et al / DVD / R / (2009) 2010 / New Line)

Overview: Nick and some friends head to the racetrack for the weekend to watch a car race. , when the terrifying accident flies into the audience at 180 mph. People will splatter and be ripped apart, one girl gets her head knocked off by a flying tire, massive explosions, and eventually the entire stadium collapses onto the rest of the audience. Then Nick discovers it was just a vision that's about to happen, and he gets himself and about 12 other people ejected from the stadium. Then the fun really starts to kick in ...!

DVD: I know why "The Final Destination" was released in 3-D. It's to distract you from the fact that you're being told the exact same story all over again, only with new characters and a plot stripped so bare that the word "simple" hardly begins to describe it. What started as a clever and frightening idea back in 2000 has grown tiresome and derivative, and while it isn't quite campy, it definitely takes itself less seriously.

In "The Final Destination," the fourth in the series, an equally hapless group of young people find themselves in a frantic struggle against Death. When attending a racecar event with his friends, the burdened Nick O'Bannon (Bobby Campo) suddenly and inexplicably has a premonition that a car accident will kill many people in the arena, himself included. Panicked, he causes a fuss and gets himself and his friends kicked out of the arena, along with a select group of people. Lo and behold, there's an accident, and many people are killed.

That should be the end of it, but hold on - it now seems that Death is going through the accident survivors one by one and picking them off. Nick foresees every event, naturally, although he can't quite make out who the event is intended for. That changes when he remembers his initial vision; through a process too inconsequential to describe, he determines the order in which each survivor will die.

It now becomes a matter of Nick breaking the chain and stopping Death in its tracks. But how? His supportive but rattled girlfriend, Lori (Shantel VanSanten) doesn't seem to know, and neither do his callous friend, Hunt (Nick Zano), and his skeptical girlfriend, Janet (Haley Webb). Maybe George Lanter, the race track security guard (Mykelti Williamson), will be able to help Nick figure something out. But they had better hurry; the list of survivors is dwindling fast, and Nick and his friends are next.

So, let's tell it like it truly is here - the actors in this movie weren't hired to play human beings; they were hired to mindlessly stand in a scene and wait for their cue to die a horrible death. Think of it in terms of Sid from the original "Toy Story": He saw toys not as prized possessions but as worthless objects, and he liked to destroy them just for the fun of it.

Destruction, I admit, can be fun, especially in a horror film. But when all you have at your disposal are drones that have absolutely no life to them, there's no sense of fun or entertainment. There's only a sense of emptiness ... sorry! [CP] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Body Count: The Deaths of FD4
Deleted Scenes
Pre Visualization and Storyboards
Digital Copy: 2-D Feature Only On Disc

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