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Final Destination 3 (2006)

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Commentary 1: Director/co-screenwriter James Wong, co-screenwriter Glen Morgan, and director of photography Robert Mclachlan Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 27th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Wong, Morgan and Mclachlan serve up a decent track, with only occasional silent stretches. They start off by noting how they tweaked the normal color and music that accompanies the New Line Cinema logo to make it more sinister. They also call attention t the elements of foreshadowing in the opening credits.

They filmed in Vancouver and there was difficulty in finding an amusement park willing to let them use a roller coaster as intended. There was still snow on the ground in March, and the park was closed so they had to add their own attractions and rides to fill the void. They discuss the construction of the coaster as a combination of special and practical effects, and the careful placing of the characters in the seats to fit the narrative. Some anecdotes about the park were the "equipment" of the devil that had to be covered and a discussion of the political figures on the strongman bell.

They delve into some alternative scene ideas, callbacks to the earlier films, using exposition to include red herrings. They wanted to stray a bit from the death rules in the earlier films. It was a challenge to match the look between scenes when they were filmed at different times of the day or even months apart. Morgan spent hours visiting settings that would become the death sets, researching ideas on what could go wrong. There was a tedium in filming the intricate setups for many of the scenes. They played with the lighting to enhance anticipation and anxiety in some scenes. Jet engines were used when possible, to achieve the swaying tree effect. Much of the fireworks used were either CGI or another concoction they created.

They relied on test screenings to tweak the film, often adding other angles, frames to remove ambiguity, and they reworked the ending based on audience feedback. Audience complained the most about the look of the CGI rain that was actually real.

They assert that no pigeons were harmed, and that Mary Elizabeth Winstead is not the best multitasking driver.