Urban Legends - Final Cut (2000) Movie Review

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Urban Legends - Final Cut (2000)

2000 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Romance
97 minutes / 1h 37min

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Urban Legends - Final Cut Plot Synopsis:

Urban Legends: The Final Cut follows Amy Mayfield (Morrison), a student at Alpine University who struggles to complete her thesis film on urban legends - only to have her crew members fall prey to fatal 'accidents.' Suspicious, Amy investigates and discovers a much more sinister hand at work. Now she must unmask the killer before she, too, becomes an urban legend.

Urban Legends - Final Cut (2000) Review

Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) is an American slasher mystery romance-horror film that is the sequel to Urban Legend (1998) and was shot in several locations in Ontario, Canada. Director John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men 2 (2003), The Usual Suspects (1995), Superman Returns (2006)) did not succeed in making this film into an extraordinary movie. John did an excellent job of giving us a solid, clever 30 minutes which raise my expectation, but he did not carry through what he started and fell terribly short. The film was a horrible mess during the last hour. The lead gave us one gruesome murder and then nothing else entertaining. I cannot blame this movie for being a fail entirely upon John because he did not write the film. The style, murder, storyline, dialogue, setup, and intelligence of the story was all incredibly done well during the first thirty minutes. John Ottman did a fantastic job setting up his murders capturing them with excellent shots that are visually beautiful.

Amy (Jennifer Morrison - Once Upon a Time (2011-2016), House (2004-2012), Warrior (2011), Star Trek (2009)) is a film school student that decides to do her thesis on a serial killer who copies urban legends murders. Amy was one of the main characters, but there are way too many other characters to mention, and some of the characters were not needed, and I could care less for - sometimes less is more. Why did Reese (Loretta Devine - Crash (2004), I Am Sam (2001), Boston Public (2000-2004), Death at a Funeral (2010)) always appears at the crime scenes and how does she alway know where the kids are? I wish that question were answered because it still boggles my mind as I am writing this review. I was totally lost when the surprise character enters the film, and that is precisely where the film went backward instead of forward.

Another question is why on earth did they decide to unmask the killer? Some of the stalker scenes were done nicely where the sets were done above average. The humor was not bad either, and the violence was stylishly shot, but none of those things helped the movie to receive a higher score than four. Gorehound fans would not appreciate this film because there is only one murder scene that was gory. I applaud Jennifer Morrison for being the best actor in the movie that gave us the best performance from a mediocre dialogue/script. I would recommend horror fans to skip this film.

  • Urban Legends - Final Cut Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 2.85
  • IMDB: 4.2
  • MetaCritic: 1.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 0.9

About Urban Legends - Final Cut 2000

Title: Urban Legends - Final Cut
AKA: Urban Legends: Final Cut
Year: 2000
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.43/5 stars from 14,511 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 14,511
MPAA Rating: R
Urban Legends - Final Cut Cast Starring: Rana Morrison, Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Morrison, Anson Mount, David Sparrow, Matthew Davis, Eva Mendes, Michael Bacall, Jeannette Sousa, Chuck Campbell, David Cook, Derek Aasland, Rebecca Gayheart, Kevin Hare, Hart Bochner, Joel Gordon, Christie McNew, Marco Hofschneider, Yani Gellman, Leland Tilden, Jessica Cauffiel, Stephanie Moore, Loretta Devine, Clare Preuss, Santo, Joey Lawrence, Joseph Lawrence, Jacinda Barrett, Peter Millard, Chas Lawther
Urban Legends - Final Cut Writers: Silvio Horta, Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Urban Legends - Final Cut Director: John Ottman
Box Office: $21,007,274
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Website: http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/urbanlegends
Language: English
Country: USA, France