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(2006), R [R*] (1hr 26min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): New Line Cinema, Hard Eight Pictures, Matinee Pictures, Practical Pictures, Zide-Perry Productions
Distribution (US): New Line Cinema, Zide-Perry Productions
Director(s): James Wong
Producer(s): Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Sheila Hanahan, Matt Moore, Glen Morgan, Craig Perry, James Wong, Warren Zide
Written by: Glen Morgan, James Wong
Characters: Jeffrey Reddick
Cinematography/Camera: Robert McLachlan
Music: Shirley Walker
Film Editing: Chris G. Willingham
Casting: Coreen Mayrs
Production Design: Mark S. Freeborn
Art Direction: Tony Wohlgemuth
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Final Destination 3 has the oddest scoring distribution I think I have ever seen among the more than 1000 film analyses we have done. Take a look at the CAP Thermometers for this film and you should see what I mean. Three zero scores, one 7 and two 100s, concentrating the programming on violence and gore (W), vulgar language (I), sexually immoral deeds and dress -- or lack of it (S) and the use of God's Name in vain (O) but free of any use of drugs or alcohol (D) noted and no one was murdered (M) by anyone. Several were graphically killed, of course, but no murders.
Do you remember me telling you that more than half of all films made available to the general theater going public are rated R? And that more than half of all moviegoers each week are non-adult? Because of these facts I am glad I chose to analyze this film even though it is rated R. Of the nearly packed auditorium, about 90% of the attendees were clearly non-adult. Most of them were in the 12 to 15 year old range. Some looked as young as 8 or 9 years old. And I think I saw three sets of parents in the entire auditorium.
I wonder if the parents were laughing when a girl was impaled multiple times by a nail gun thrusting numerous nails from the back of her head through her face and as she muttered a faint whimper of helplessness as the gore replaced her face. Most attendees seemed to be laughing at that scene. As I have been saying for a number of years, we have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. And that cannot be laughed off. Not nervously laughed off. Not arrogantly laughed off. Not "couldn't care less" laughed off.
And I wonder if the absent mom/dads knew there were no less than twenty-six individual shots/angles of nudity of two girls? [**] Or thirty-three uses of the most foul of the foul words? Or thirty uses of the other words of the three/four letter word vocabulary? [Col. 3:8]
Following FYI is a comparative of the three versions of Final Destination.
Final Destination 2 (FD2) had "Thirty-four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary." This Final Destination 3 (FD3) had thirty. In FD2 there were "Nineteen uses of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8, Prov. 22:11, Titus 2:6-8]." FD3 presented thirty-three. FD2 presented "Two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and 13 without [Deut. 5:11]." FD3 presented two with and three without the four letter expletive. FD2 presented "Upper female nudity [**]." So did FD3. At least 26 shots/angles of it. "Gore." In spades in FD3. Maybe not quite as gory as the first two installments in this gorefest franchise, but gory enough nonetheless. Essentially, the three versions are three peas of the same pod. But, refreshingly, FD3 was free of "Illegal drug possession and consumption [Eph. 5:18]."
FD3 is thematically the same as FD1 and FD2 but with new characters and plot devices. My opinion of FD3 is that it is such a waste of dazzling technology and artistic talents.
Again a teenager is portrayed as being able to predict the future. This time it is Wendy Christensen (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). And she also sees the future as death for her friends. [Deut. 18:10] Again a group of teens are predicted to lose their lives in a gory blood bath. [Eccl. 8:7 - 8] And again, the gruesome ghoul Grimm Reaper, a.k.a, Death is a sentient living force. And he is hungry. Again.
This time, instead of an airplane crash or a highway disaster, Mr. Reaper has planned a roller coaster catastrophe to take the lives of a number of teens. As in both previous versions, a teen girl averts the disaster and cheats Death from a few courses of its multi-teen meal. Also this time, Mr. G. Reaper goes to plan B to get the side dishes it missed from the roller coaster disaster.
The story claims death will not be cheated of its due. If somebody comes along with a premonition of what is to happen and thwarts Mr. G's plan, he simply focuses his attack on an individual level until his meal is complete. This time, the Rube Goldberg concoctions use to kill the teens are even more elaborate and ingenious.
There is little that can be said for this check-your-brain-at-the-door flick. But there is a lot to be said about the morality of the content. Content which was demonstrated by people (actors, actresses), dontchknow. It is rated R after all. But it wouldn't be unless someone demonstrates the "R" in it. By choice. And for money.
If all the filthy language, the sexually immoral scenes/deeds and the use of God's Name in vain were removed, this film would have been equivalent to many "lite" PG-13 films. But since we have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment, what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible. Vulgarity/obscenity for the sake of entertainment have lost their taboo. We may have been desensitized to the gravity of immorality, but God has not.
Please! If you are contemplating seeing this film, letting your kids see it or taking your kids to see it, closely inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this report. It is your decision, of course. But I just ask that you make your decision from an informed platform by taking advantage of the work of one who loves you, not from they who love your money.
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** "Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. For example, Ezek. 16:36 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers,..." thus associating display of nakedness with ill repute. What makes display of nudity okay in entertainment/art if it is not okay in flesh?
***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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