Prediction: the same as before

2009-10-05 00:00

SOMETIMES you just know something is going to happen; you can’t explain it, but you just know.

Some call it intuition. Others go the biblical route and call these prophetic brainwaves “premonitions”. Either way, when it does eventually happen, you get to have your “I told you so” moment and life goes on.

But this is not always case…

Sometimes you voice your concerns publicly, and in the process of it all, save a few lives and throw a spanner into death’s works.

And just when you think you’ve saved the day, death (being the unstoppable force that it is) continues with this plan anyway, picking off those that you’ve helped save with even more vigour and vileness.

Hold on, I think I’ve just summed up Final Destination 4; and, well, every other Final Destination movie to hit the big screen over the past six or so years.

In the latest instalment, Nick O’Bannon (Bobby Campo) has a premonition that he and his friend will die in a blaze at a motorcar race.

According to his vision, a multi-car pile-up will send a flaming wreck into the grandstands where they are all seated.

Nick gets them all to back away from the area, and as per his vision, the wreckage rockets into what would have been the crowd. Everyone is happy to have cheated death.

However, if you’ve watched any of the other films in the franchise, you’d know that try as they might to avoid it, these unfortunate souls will meet an untimely death.

I don’t know if I’m psychic or something, but there were times while watching this movie where I just knew what they were going to say before they actually said it.

Or maybe it’s because after watching the same story three times over in the first three films, the movie has become very predictable.

After the first three releases, it was clear that the production team behind Final Destination had no intention of ever changing their money-making formula.

The latest movie made this fact concrete. So why do we keep going back?

Well, as much as the plot fails to differ from movie to movie, each film showcases some of the most creative death scenarios to come out of Hollywood.

And yes, they do get more creative (and gruesome) with each movie.

It’s just so interesting how the filmmakers go into such detail with these death scenes.

They show how the slip on the floor led to the fire which eventually led to an explosion which caused a screw to fly off a table straight into the unfortunate soul’s head, for example.

That’s what we know we’re going to get when we watch Final Destination. That why we watch it. I do not predict a change any time soon. *

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