Fast-Paised review: ‘Final Destination 3'

DeathAmanda CrewCraig PerryMary Elizabeth WinsteadKris Lemche

Big question: Hooray! Another squishy flick about kids predicting their own deaths. Do the producers of this overdone trilogy understand the concept of "final"?

Skip it: "Final Destination 3" is gleefully gooey: characters die in the most bizarre ways possible and the grieving process is treated as a needless distraction. The tense, uncomfortable laughter sparked by the first installment has melted into over-the-top, desensitized hilarity.

Catch it if: You're not worried about dying in a horrible, mid-loop roller coaster accident.

Bottom line: In theory, there's dumb fun in seeing how elaborate chain reactions can slice and dice these faceless teens. What was once inventive and ominous is now inevitable and repetitive, with deaths so gruesome and devoid of emotion they might as well happen to inanimate objects.

Bonus: If an usher in your theater trips on a hotdog, knocks over the projector, sets all the seats on fire and is impaled by a Butterfinger, it will be one of the more probable things you see during "Final Destination 3."

mpais@tribune.com

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`Final Destination 3'

Directed by James Wong; written by Glen Morgan, Wong; photographed by Robert McLachlan; edited by Chris Willingham; production designed by Mark Freeborn; music by Shirley Walker; produced by Morgan, Craig Perry, Wong, Warren Zide. A New Line Cinema release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:32. MPAA rating: R (strong horror violence/gore, language and some nudity).

Wendy - Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Kevin - Ryan Merriman

Lewis - Texas Battle

Erin - Alexz Johnson

Ian - Kris Lemche

Julie - Amanda Crew

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