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The Final Destination

John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service

Bobby Campo and Shantel VanSanten star in a scene from the movie "The Final Destination."
Viewers of taste will not want to find themselves at "The Final Destination" (New Line/Warner Bros.).
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 speedway accident.
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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