The Final Destination (2009) Movie Review

The Final Destination (2009)

2009 | R | Horror, Thriller
82 minutes /

User Score: 72/100

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The Final Destination Review


After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end.

The Final Destination (2009) is an American thriller horror movie that is also known as Final Destination 4 (2009) and was the fourth installment of the Final Destination film series. The Final Destination franchise consists of Final Destination (2000), Final Destination 2 (2003), Final Destination 3 (2006), The Final Destination (2009), and Final Destination 5 (2011). The Final Destination (2009) had a budget of $40 million and grossed over $186 million worldwide. It is the first movie to be shot in HD 3D and was directed by David R. Ellis and written by Eric Bress - both Eric and David worked on Final Destination 2 also. Director David R. Ellis (Scarface (1983), Fatal Attraction (1987), Lethal Weapon (1987), Patriot Games (1992)) did not deliver the same high standard execution style he did in Final Destination 2. I wish he had gave the same amount of effort as he did in Final Destination 2 so that The Final Destination could have been a spectacular feast as well. With all said, The Final Destination was an entertaining joy ride that I did not regret because it was a thriller and horror that delivered, just not as well as Final Destination 2. The movie contains sexual content with nudity and sexual language, bad language, blood, gore, graphic death scenes that are gruesome and horrifying, suspense, thrills and frightening scenes. I saw the 3D version, and I jumped quite a few times.

The Final Destination revolves around survivors that attended a car race at the McKinley Speedway. Nick O’Bannon (Bobby Campo - Seance: The Summoning (2011), Queen (2011), Legally Blondes (2009)) is a college student that attended the race with a few friends. Nick involuntarily received a premonition about the stadium collapsing after a car sends debris crashing to the bleacher that results in a numerous amount of people dying. Nick panics, resulting in a fight/chaos which lead Nick’s girlfriend Lori, friends Janet and Hunt, security guard George Lanter, Samantha, mechanic Andy Kewzer, tow truck driver Carter Daniels and Nick to leave the stadium. Disasters start following the survivors as tow truck driver Carter (Justin Welborn - The Crazies (2010), The Signal (2007), Dance of the Dead (2008)) truck exploded after dragging him down the street. The group realizes that death is coming for them after one more of the survivors met a horrible death. The group of survivors review the footage from the day of the race and knows who is next in line to die. The deaths that a few of the remaining survivors met are gruesome and must be painful because they were not quick. Will all of the survivors cheat death again?

I enjoyed all of the Final Destination movies and look forward to seeing another one, hopefully soon. There should be a Final Destination marathon one day in cinema with 3D presentations. A few of the actors overacted and a few did an amazing job with their roles, but overall the overacting did not take away from an entertaining experience. A few minor goofs that I found that did not affect the movie are: At the hair salon in front of the client, the glass of water was half full and then 3/4 full soon after. Janet’s moonroof is closed as she enters the car wash, but it is open during the car wash and Janet hysterically trying to close it - how was it open in the car wash when it was closed upon entering? There are many good goofs, but I will list only one more. Escalator scene - Lori spits out blood after the escalator’s conveyor belt crushed her right foot that in my opinion is not correct. She was not hurt anywhere from the waist up so she should not be spitting up blood; leg injuries do not make someone spit up blood. Overall I recommend this movie to all fans who likes thriller movies with lots of action, chaos, and gruesome death scenes.

About The Final Destination 2009

Title: The Final Destination
Original Title: Final Destination 4, Final Destination: Death Trip, Final Destination: Death Trip 3D, The Final Destination in 3-D
Year: 2009
Runtime: 82 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 39 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 39
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Elton LeBlanc, Cynthia LeBlanc, Ali Larter, Justin Welborn, Billy Slaughter, Emily D. Haley, Dane Rhodes, Logan Douglas Smith, M. Jearl Vinot, Stephanie Honoré, Corlandos Scott, Andrew Fiscella, Douglas Lopez, Mykelti Williamson, Alan Wyn Hughes, Karen Pritchett, Trey Burvant, Randi Krasny, Joshua Davis, Rebecca Newman, Russell M. Haeuser, Lyssa Prine, Chaz Smith, Scott Mena, Shantel VanSanten, Terry Lee Smith, Krista Allen, Jake Moran, Lara Grice, Larry E. Lundy Jr.
Writers: Eric Bress, Jeffrey Reddick
Director: David R. Ellis

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