Friday, October 12, 2012
31 Days of Halloween - Day 12 - Movie 1
Final Destination 3 (2006) has no real direct connection to the previous installments beyond the premonition of a horrible death which is evaded resulting in the survivors being killed off one by one through elaborately staged chains of minor events which, together, lead to spectacularly violent deaths.
This time it's Mary Elizabeth Winstead whose vision of a roller coaster disaster ends up saving a group of people, who are even less developed than the characters in the previous entries. The death traps are also a lot simpler and far less creative this time around. The one new element is that photos taken the night of the roller coaster tragedy provide clues about how the survivors will die when death catches up to them, but these clues don't help save anyone.
While not a complete disappointment this was definitely a step down in the series, with Winstead's performance being the movie's only real saving grace.
The DVD also comes with a "Choose Your Own Adventure" type option where the viewer can apparently choose the fates of the characters in the movie. I did not explore this option, so I can't tell you how, or if, this works to alter the outcome of the movie, or if it's even a gimmick worth playing with.