Off late, I noticed an eerily similar trend among various film franchises. I’m not talking about comic cinematic universes and few obvious exceptions. And also, in no way am I generalizing stuff. There’s always the first breakthrough film. This film opens up a market for a sequel, which just comes and goes without causing much of an impact on the positive side of things. If anything, the movie will be viciously trashed by a group of viewers for ruining the prequel. The third one is sometimes in 3D, just to get a good kick out of naming the third part “Franchise Name 3D”. Most times, they crash so hard, like the vehicles in that spectacular accident scene from the second movie of ‘Final Destination’ franchise, that it puts an end to the saga.
But sometimes, the third film works, which gives the makers a free pass to roll with the punches for a few more years. Fortunately, after releasing a reasonable amount of Tagalogs, the audience throw the towel and/or the makers hang the boots. But Unfortunately, some just refuse to slow down. ‘Final Destination’ though knew when to pull the plug. And to give credit where due, these movies have a unique brand of their own. Throughout the ‘Final Destination’ franchise, James Wong and David R. Ellis appear to have done a back-and-forth rotation with directing the series, with James Wong taking the director’s chair for the first and the third while David R. Ellis takes over for the second and the last.
The franchise seems to stay right on track with James Wong working behind the camera but not much so with David R. Ellis directing. Along with these major spikes on the graph, this franchise, due to the inconsistency and the predictability, has hindered itself and lost its track over the course of time. But like an umpteen number of franchises, despite being begged by the critics to call it a day, these films continued to cater to a set of loyal fans. As long there are people who actually like to grab a popcorn and enjoy these movies, who am I to judge? And to be less critical, even those extremely low rated ‘Final Fantasy’ movies are not as bad as they seem.
These films follow a formula, a formula that is as simple as a sixth-grade math formula. If you’re a fan of the ‘Final Destination’ franchise, you’d know the drill by now, and can probably mentally run through all the moments you’ll be expected to see being played out on screen once again. Start with a spectacular death-defying escape from certain demise, and because Death cannot accept those who cheated on him, hence begins that hunter-prey game where the Death’s invisible hand starts to design some elaborate life-ending sequence for its victims, sometimes with some wickedly black humor thrown in. As routine as it seems though like I said before, there is a fan base that like likes these movies, and as long as there are franchises to write about and movies to analyze, we continue to do so. Here is the list of all Final Destination movies ranked from worst to best.
5. The Final Destination (2009)
‘The Final Destination’ left me just one simple taught, what a shame that it’s come down to this, what started out so well has now officially run out of steam and ideas. The plot same as always only this time it’s at a Grand Prix race track, where surprise surprise, there’s a big accident several people die and there’s one character that sees it before it happens and he and a few others get away, only for the grim reaper to come and kill them all of one by one. At this point, everyone knows what to expect, gruesome and sudden deaths and long drawn out cat and mouse sequences by the main character and of course tons of blood, the only slight difference this time that’s 3D.