Final Destination 3 James Wong

How long can you kick a dead horse? Well, Final Destination director and series creator James Wong answers that question with the third and hopefully final instalment of creeping death’s bid for revenge on hapless teenagers. Like the first two films, FD3 opens with a frightening "dream come true” sequence — a rollercoaster that runs off the tracks — and much like the first sequel, once the first 15 minutes or so hit, the next 60 minutes miss as it travels down the same predictable path that was only fresh the first time around. Of course, for those with a thirsty bloodlust, it’s all about upping the gore ante through a cycle of impending, special effects-laden deaths, which are delivered creatively. But FD3 alone is a run of the mill sequel, which is obviously why the producers felt the need to go the extra mile with its bonuses. Though it’s not quite the groundbreaking interactive technology they’d like you to think it is, the "Create Your Own Movie” feature is still a neat concept. Activate it and whenever a character’s time is about to run out their fate is put into the viewer’s hand — let the blood bath begin or have mercy, it’s up to you. Unfortunately, if you’re feeling passive it will result in a quick end to the film, followed by ludicrous write-ups regarding the characters’ futures. Perhaps it’s asking too much for them to actually have shot an entire new film just for this option but by and large, it’s just not satisfying. "Dead Teenager Movie” is a featurette that examines the trends of teenage horror flicks with relevant clips from the cream of the slasher crop, as well as counsel/criticism from Roget Ebert and others. It’s actually the highlight of this DVD, as it amusingly paints the film’s cast in a spirited, self-mocking way, pointing out the obligatory roles like "nubile co-eds,” "angry goth chick,” "token black guy,” "the sceptic” and of course, "the final girl.” Never mind the commentary with the filmmakers — it’s monotonous and isn’t nearly enough to give this inadequate film another go. Plus: "making of,” documentary and animated short. (Alliance Atlantis)