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(2006), R [R*] (1hr 26min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 10, 2006
34 out of 100

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(2006), R [R*] -- ...we have become so drugged by the narcotics of extremes in and as entertainment that...

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?
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Prov. 22:11 He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.
  • Titus 2:6-8 Similarly, encourage the young men [and women] to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.
  • Eccl. 8:7 - 8 Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come? No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death. As no one is discharged in time of war, so wickedness will not release those who practice it.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP findingDeut. 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination [witchcraft], or an observer of times [soothsayer, sorceress, enchanter, conjurer], or an enchanter [diviner], or a witch [one who practices sorcery, magical arts], 11 Or a charmer [user of magic charms], or a consulter with familiar spirits [one who communicates with/invokes the dead, necromancer], or a wizard [one who has a familiar spirit], or a necromancer [consulter of gods]. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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/
    Commentary section.

    Final Destination 3 (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • long sequence of loud and extreme peril
  • deaths by great fall, several, graphic
  • long sequence of panic with assault
  • two girls being cooked
  • two deaths by incineration
  • death by the head being sliced apart then splattered
  • much gore
  • graphic vehicular collision
  • talk of suicide
  • death by nail gun impaling several nails through the head from the back
  • action violence, repeatedly, some quite graphic
  • additional death by impalement
  • death by squashing/splattering about 60% of the body
  • subway train derailment, graphic
  • three individualized deaths in subway derailment, much gore
  • many bodies strewn about
  • fighting

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 33 uses of the most foul of the foul words, all by teens
  • 30 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, all by teens
  • vulgar gestures, many
  • lie by adolescent to gain access to restricted carnival ride
  • deceit to bring loose objects on carnival ride, endangering others and selfs for selfish reasons, two
  • tongue piercing
  • use of World Trade Center images for sensationalism
  • joy in killing birds with nail gun
  • rudeness

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • vulgar intrusion with a camera
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • rude gaze, repeatedly
  • vulgar talk, repeatedly
  • exposure of below navel skin threatening exposure of that which follows, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • teens in underwear
  • female nudity, repeatedly (at least 26 angles/shots)

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • two uses of God's Name in vain with the four letter expletive and three without, all by teens
  • camera giving false image
  • unnatural wind effects
  • unnatural events, repeatedly
  • talk of evil possession

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • 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.

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