The Final Destination
By John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service
Viewers of taste will not want to find
themselves at "The Final Destination" (New Line/Warner Bros.).
Bobby Campo and Shantel VanSanten star in a scene from the movie "The Final Destination."
In this repellent horror sequel,
20-something Nick O'Bannon (Bobby Campo) has a premonition of impending death
that saves him, his girlfriend Lori (Shantel VanSanten), their pals Janet
(Haley Webb) and Hunt (Nick Zano) and a number of strangers from perishing in a
Unfortunately for the audience, this
means sitting through two versions of the racing disaster, with its
all-too-vivid images of bodies being crushed, trampled and impaled, once as it
takes place in Nick's head and the other as it unfolds in reality.
The survivors briefly imagine themselves
to be safe, but the Grim Reaper is not to be cheated. As the strangers he saved
begin to die off in a series of horrifically gruesome misadventures, Nick knows
that he and his friends will meet a similar fate, unless he can somehow halt
the process by preventing the next death.
Director David R. Ellis' utterly callous
fourth installment in the almost decade-old franchise—which is being shown in
both 3-D and conventional formats—amounts to little more than an exercise in
gross-out special effects, with a gratuitous scene of debased casual sex tacked
on for bad measure.
The film contains pervasive gory
violence, including mutilation, brief graphic nonmarital sexual activity, a
couple of uses of profanity and some rough and much crude language. The USCCB
Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. The
Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires
accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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Mulderig is on the staff of the Office
for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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