Okay, sue me. I absolutely love these films. From the very first installment they have been all about winking at conventions of the genre. Scream did it first, but in the Scream series it was a matter of the characters in the films being privy to the joke. They asked you to laugh with them. Something about the slight removal inherent in the Final Destination series makes them all the more enjoyable to me. You are able to laugh at them. You are watching the characters slowly wrap their head around the fact that they are going to die, but it is inevitable. The only variable is the manner in which they die, which goes more over the top with each fatality. More than that, the filmmakers toy with the premise, constantly throwing in red herrings. Consequently you find yourself yelling out possible death scenarios, guessing who is next and how.
Tonight we watched the latest edition, the first in the series that was in 3D. Watching at home we did not have the benefit of seeing it in 3D but that was just fine. You got to see all the incredibly cheesy ways they “took advantage” of the device. The film was absolutely littered with bad setups designed to allow objects to move rapidly towards the camera lens in order to shock you. Even better, this film contained without question the most awful CGI work ever committed to film. My God were the effects awful. It all adds up to the perfect storm of terrible, yet entertaining filmmaking. Far and away the most brilliantly awful part of the movie was one of the actors, Mykelti Williamson. You may remember him as “Bubba” in Forest Gump. He was at one point the next up-and-coming young turk. Somewhere along the way his talent curdled. To the credit of the series, they have consistently cast unknown actors who have turned in credible performances despite the scripts they were working with. To the best of my knowledge Mykelti was the first “name” actor in the entire run of Destination films. And ho crap was he awful. My best guess is that finding himself surrounded by unknowns he decided to put on a clinic. He brutally overacts his way through the film. There is a sequence where he attempts to kill himself that represents as bad a performance as you will ever witness. We rewound and watched it at least two dozen times and only moved past it to spare ourselves internal injury from excessive laughter. Even better it lent itself perfectly to a Forest Gump routine. “Well, you have hanging yourself, gunshot to the head, lying down on train tracks, pills and alcohol…” I truly have not laughed this hard for as long as I can remember. Two dismembered thumbs up.