Sure, it's called The Final Destination, but will it actually be a the final one? We can only hope; however, if it displays any amount of box office success I feel reasonably sure that we will get a fifth entry. That entry should hit sometime in 2012, if the every three-year pattern that the first four have followed. In any case, I went into this movie actually excited. I was looking forward to the kills and to see if they could recapture the feel of the first two entries. I sat there smiling every time someone got killed, thinking I was having a good time, but then it was over in a very short amount of time and I was left there alone in the dark. Was that it? Is that all that they could come up with? Sure, it was better than the third one, but let's be honest, that is not a hard thing to do.
The fourth film opens in the same fashion as the previous three. We get a big set up that features a number of characters getting killed in gruesome fashion before the big reveal that it was just a vision, that everyone was still alive. This is followed by our hero telling everyone they have to go while narrating the events leading to the disaster. His friends protest, but go, the disaster happens, those who are supposed to die don't, and death is on the prowl.
The series is becoming a slave to the concept. Rather than try to push the boundaries, it is content to focus all of its energies on the kills, and even they are not all that special. The setup is followed to slavish levels. Initial disaster, this time at a race track, hero has some flashes of what is to come and the gang races around trying to break the chain, or at the very least delay it.
The story is predictable as ever, it contains none of the energetic spark of the original, nor the cleverness of the first sequel to still feel fresh while also being tied to the original. The gimmick this time around is the use of the 3D process that has been making the rounds over the past few years. So, instead of developing an interesting story, they wrote it made Mad Lib style and focused on the effects of the deaths.