Fatality lurks around every ceiling fan, shampoo bottle, and espresso machine in the fourth entry in New Line Cinemas improbably long-running death-by-misadventure franchise, focused on yet another group of friends who narrowly escape a catastrophic accident only to learn the hard way that when your numbers up, it really is up.
The Grim Reaper seems to have taken a hit from the lean economic times, judging from The Final Destinations el cheapo Canada-as-Anytown, USA, production values and sub-One Tree Hill cast; but as usual, all that is merely fuel for the series signature domino-effect death scenes, here rendered in shlock-o-riffic 3-D by director David R. Ellis (Final Destination 2, Snakes On a Plane), bringing all manner of bodily impalement and dismemberment as close as the butter on your popcorn.
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Ellis and screenwriter Eric Bress even go all meta on us with an Inglourious Basterds-esque finale set inside a 3D cinema, though their set-pieces never quite muster the giddy brio of Final Destination 1 and 3 auteur James Wong at his best. They come close, however, in what Im fairly certain is the silver screens first episode of pool-drain disembowelment. And to think, people say there are no fresh ideas in Hollywood anymore.