Destination 3 (**1/2)
review by Jon
Wendy has always been a paranoid person. Her fear gets taken
to a new level while the senior class is having their graduation
party at a local amusement park. Never one to enjoy roller
coasters, Wendy freaks out after having a vision of the cars
derailing killing everyone who rides its fast twists and turns.
Eventually she causes so much fuss that the ride operators
take her and the rest of the people in her section off the
car. The group then watches the rest of their classmates as
the coaster does exactly what Wendy had envisioned. All still
on board die. Those that got off live to see another day, but
how many more do they have?
The third installment in the series begins its return to form.
With original writers Glen Morgan and James Wong (also the
director of this and the first) back in control, a lot of the
fun is back. The plot still seems like a convenient stretch
but not nearly as convoluted here as in number two. I think
it has something to do with how the pictures taken at the fair
foreshadow how the people will die, and the characters know
this. Despite this, they can’t really prevent anything
from happening, because they are too dumb to make any further
connections, even though the audience recognizes them immediately.
Oh, they also realize that they’re going to die in a
particular order, without the help of a convenient news report
to help them. I also didn’t like how apprehensive Wendy
was before she even had the vision. Normal, mundane events
were greeted by her worried hesitance. A cup fell off the table….RUN!
The foreshadowing was a bit too strong.
While I’m glad they brought back an element of novelty
in the deaths, it is also starting to wear off a little. By
now, you should know to expect wacky, unexpected deaths. The
filmmakers go the extra mile here to make them surprising,
even sometimes using nearly Rube Goldberg-ian devices. The
scenes are much gorier, but actually aren’t as satisfying.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a couple that will really
get the crowd riled up. But by and large, they are less impressive
than the first, which is the true standard at which to hold
this movie. I want the bar to be raised and not just in the
amount of blood.
By and large, the movie stays true to the atmosphere and attitude
that we’re used to. That means once again the movie will
provide audiences with a great alternative to your typical,
uninteresting, un-frightening horror flick and all those sub-par
remakes hitting the scene. It is a lot of fun, from the wonderfully
shot opening credits sequence to the much appreciated ending,
but doesn’t really know how to handle the overall concept
in a reasonable way.
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