The Final Destination
|The Final Destination|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David R. Ellis|
|Produced by||Craig Perry
|Written by||Eric Bress|
|Based on||characters created
by Jeffrey Reddick
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Edited by||Mark Stevens|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
The Final Destination (also known as Final Destination 4) is a 2009 American horror film written by Eric Bress and directed by David R. Ellis, both of whom also worked on Final Destination 2. Released on August 28, 2009, it is the fourth installment of the Final Destination film series, and the first to be shot in HD 3D. It is currently the highest grossing Final Destination film, earning $186 million worldwide but also received the worst critical reception of the franchise. It was followed by Final Destination 5 in 2011.
This was one of the last films to be theatrically released by New Line Cinema until it was merged with its sister studio Warner Bros.
Nick O'Bannon, a college student, watches a race at McKinley Speedway for a study break with his girlfriend Lori Milligan, and their friends Janet Cunningham and Hunt Wynorski. While watching the race, Nick suddenly has a premonition that a race car crash will send debris into the stands, causing the stadium to collapse, and killing numerous people. When Nick panics, a fight breaks out, and several people including Lori, Janet, Hunt, security guard George Lanter, mechanic Andy Kewzer, mother Samantha Lane, racist tow truck driver Carter Daniels, and Andy's girlfriend Nadia Monroy leave the stadium, escaping seconds before Nick's vision becomes a reality. Nadia gets angry and yells at them when she is suddenly obliterated by a stray tire that flies out of the stadium.
Several days after the disaster Carter tries to burn a cross on George's lawn for not allowing him to save his wife at the stadium, but he ends up being dragged down the street on fire by his tow truck, which explodes shortly after. The next day, Samantha dies after a flat pebble propelled by a lawn mower is shot through her eye, following a series of harrowing accidents at a beauty salon. After researching the previous incidents, Lori and Nick realize that Death is still after them. Hunt and Janet refuse to believe them, but they convince George to help. After reviewing the race track's security footage, Nick realizes that Andy is next. The three visit Andy at the mechanic shop to warn him, but he is hit by a jet-propelled propane cylinder and extruded through a grid fence in the form of rhombic pieces of flesh.
Nick receives visions of water, hinting that Janet and Hunt are in danger. Nick tries to warn Hunt who is at a country club pool, but a kid squirts Hunt with a water gun, damaging his phone. Hunt takes the gun and places it on the pool's control box, but the gun falls onto the drain's On/Off switch, causing the pool to start draining. Afterwards, Janet receives a phone call from Lori, while at a car wash, but the phone loses signal. Meanwhile, Hunt dives in the pool to retrieve his lucky coin, and is sucked in by the drain. Lori and George manage to save Janet before she is shredded by the car washes rotating brush, but Nick fails to save Hunt, whose organs are sucked from his body. George is next, however, multiple failed suicide attempts lead them to believe that saving Janet ruined Death's plan. Sometime later, Janet and Lori go to the mall cinema, and Nick sees more omens. He and George arrive at the hospital to save Jonathan Groves, another survivor they don't recall at first, who is crushed when an overflowing bathtub falls through the ceiling. George is struck by a speeding ambulance as they leave and dies.
At the movies, Lori begins to see omens as well and suspects they are still in danger. While Nick rushes to save them, a fire erupts behind the movie screen. Nick manages to convince Lori to leave, but Janet refuses and is killed by splinters when the fire sets off an explosion. Nick and Lori attempt to escape, but Lori is pulled into a malfunctioning escalator's gears, and Nick realizes that it was just another vision. Unable to save George, Nick rushes to the theater and barely manages to stop the fire before the explosion occurs.
Weeks later, Nick notices a loose scaffold prop outside of a café and warns a worker about it before meeting Lori and Janet inside. He suddenly realizes that the mall disaster vision was merely a feint meant to lead them to where they needed to be for Death to strike. At that moment, the scaffold collapses, causing a truck to swerve and crash through the window, killing them. The final scene turns into an X-ray format; Janet is shown to have been crushed under the tires, while Lori's neck is snapped, and Nick is thrown into a wall, bashing his skull and jaw.
Fusion of fiction and reality
In the final scene of the film, just before the death of the three remaining characters, Lori (performed by Shantel VanSanten, an actress of Norwegian descent) utters a prophetic phrase which implies that their turn to die has come:
According to Norske Gaardnavne, Brevig and Breivik are variant spellings of the same name. For example, the name of the Breivik farm in the Bykle parish of the Bykle municipality of the Nedenes county was spelled as Brevig in 1723.
Since that prophecy pertains both to the fictional future of the film's characters and to the real future of the film's spectators, it breaks the transparent fourth wall between fiction and reality, which is a premonition in its own right—50 seconds later, a truck breaks through the glass wall of the café, in which the characters are sitting, and kills them.
- Bobby Campo as Nick O'Bannon
- Shantel VanSanten as Lori Milligan
- Nick Zano as Hunt Wynorski
- Haley Webb as Janet Cunningham
- Mykelti Williamson as George Lanter
- Krista Allen as Samantha Lane
- Andrew Fiscella as Andy Kewzer
- Justin Welborn as Carter Daniels
- Stephanie Honore as Nadia Monroy
- Lara Grice as Cynthia Daniels
- Jackson Walker as Jonathan Groves
After the success of Final Destination 3, which was initially planned to be in 3D, Eric Bress wrote a script, which impressed producer Craig Perry and Warner Bros. enough to green-light a fourth installment. James Wong was on board to direct, but because of scheduling conflicts with Dragonball Evolution, he decided to drop out. Consequently, the studio executives opted for David R. Ellis to return because of his work on Final Destination 2. He accepted because of the 3D. For the 3D, Perry said that he wanted it to add depth to the film instead of just "something pop[ping] out at the audience every four minutes."
Although shooting was to be done in Vancouver, which was where the previous three films were shot, David R. Ellis convinced the producers to shoot in New Orleans instead to bring business to the city, and because the budget was already large. The opening crash sequence at "McKinley Speedway" was filmed at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Alabama. Filming began in March 2008 and ended in late May in the same year. Reshoots were done in April 2009 at Universal Studios Florida.
The soundtrack album was released on August 25, 2009, three days before the film's theatrical release, under public record label JVC/Sony Music Australia. The album consists of 23 cues composed and mixed by Brian Tyler. He took over scoring the series after the untimely death of the composer for the first three films, Shirley Walker.
- Commercial songs from film, but not on soundtrack
- "Devour" by Shinedown
- "How the Day Sounds" by Greg Laswell
- "Burning Bridges" by Anvil
- "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by War
- "Don't You Know" by Ali Dee and the Deekompressors
- "Faraway" by Dara Schindler
- "Dream of Me" by Perfect
- "Make My" by The Roots
- "The Stoop" by Little Jackie
- "Sweet Music" by Garrison Hawk
- "Corona and Lime" by Shwayze
- "Make You Crazy" by Brett Dennen
The CD features the score composed by Brian Tyler, omitting commercially released songs that were featured in the film.
- U.S. edition
|The Final Destination (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|Film score by Brian Tyler|
|Released||August 25, 2009|
|Label||JVC, Sony Music Australia|
- "The Final Destination" – 2:56
- "The Raceway" – 3:07
- "Memorial" – 2:46
- "Nailed" – 3:22
- "Nick's Google Theory" – 1:30
- "Revelations" – 2:28
- "Raceway Trespass" – 1:39
- "Stay Away from Water" – 2:38
- "Flame On" – 1:43
- "Moment of Joy" – 1:17
- "Signs and Signals" – 2:51
- "George Is Next" – 1:12
- "Car Washicide" – 3:05
- "Newspaper Clues" – 1:57
- "Premonition" – 1:50
- "The Salon" – 3:53
- "Questioning" – 1:04
- "Death of a Cowboy" – 2:08
- "Gearhead" – 1:56
- "Sushi for Everyone" – 2:53
- "The Movie Theater" – 3:03
- "You Can't Dodge Fate" – 1:28
- "The Final Destination Suite" – 13:29
The soundtrack attracted generally favorable reviews. Christian Clemmensen of Filmtracks.com gave the score 3 out of 5 stars and felt Tyler was "capable [...] to further explore new stylistic territory while making substantial use of the structures and tone of [predecessor composer] Shirley Walker's music." His approach to the scores were called "intelligent", and provide "adequate if not strikingly overachieving recordings is testimony to his immense talents."
The reviewers were also impressed with the extension of the sound used by Walker in Final Destination 3. "It relates to an affection for Walker's contribution to the industry," said an unnamed critic.
A SoundNotes reviewer grades the film with an impressive score of 7.5/10, remarking "Brian Tyler slugs his way through the inadequacies of The Final Destination and produces a score with reasonable entertainment value and enough of an appeal to make it function well apart from the woeful film."
The film was released in 3D as well as in conventional theaters on August 28, 2009. It was initially planned for an August 14 release. It was also the first 3D film to feature D-BOX motion feedback technology in select theaters.
According to USA Today and Newsday, The Final Destination debuted at the top of the North American box office, beating Rob Zombie's Halloween II, earning $28.3 million during its first weekend. It is also topped the box office in the UK. The film remained #1 at the box office in North America for two weeks. On September 11, 2009, it gained just over a million dollars and dropped to No. 7. The film grossed $66.4 million domestically and $119.3 million in foreign sales, with a total of $186.5 million worldwide.
The Final Destination was initially scheduled for a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on December 22, 2009. The film was pushed back to January 5, 2010 in the US. Both the DVD and Blu-ray Disc included two pairs of 3D glasses with each set and featured a 2D version on the disc, along with additional scenes. Only the Blu-ray Disc version included two alternate endings, a "making of" featurette about the deaths, storyboard visualization and a preview of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). The Blu-ray Disc release, also a combo pack, includes a standard DVD of the film.
In Target stores, some of the DVDs included an exclusive Final Destination comic book.
The movie was released uncut in Australian theaters with an MA15+ (Strong horror violence, sex scene) rating. When the movie's DVD/Blu-ray Disc release was reviewed, the ACB (Australian Classification Board) noted several scenes in the 2D version that exceeded the guidelines of the MA15+ category. There were two editions released in Australia: a DVD version which only contains a censored 2D version (most of the blood effects taken off and gore trimmed) and a DVD release awarded an R18+ rating (High impact violence) with both uncensored 2D and 3D versions (and 3D glasses included). The covers between the two releases vary.
The film received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 29% of 95 critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 4.2 out of 10. The site's consensus is: "With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, The Final Destination is predictable, disposable horror fare." Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, has a rating score of 30 based on 14 reviews.
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