The Final Review
I saw a lot promotion for this film before it came out, but I never got around to actually watching it, until now. The Final couldn't be released several years back, and it is really a product of something that can only happen now. Why is that? Simply put, this film would have been banned for being too gruesome in the light of a little American incident called Columbine. That's right, as soon as I mention that, you'll understand why this film is a harsh one in light of what happened in Colorado.
The movie has a very basic and simple plot, but it moves along quickly and gets to the action, albeit somewhat boring at times. The movie is about several teenagers that are picked on and are plotting some sort of revenge on the “cool” kids of their school. The movie showcases some of the points where the kids are being mean to the rejects, and the movie progresses to a complete revenge plot and near exploitation cinema style execution.
The highlight of this film for me, is that the cameras and cinematography is a little better than most films. This film looks and feels like a real theatrical release, even though it screams of straight to dvd. The acting is horrendous, and is saved only by the brutality of the torture sequences. At one point I saw glimpses of Surviving the Game, but it wasn't meant to be.
There's not a whole lot more to say about this film, as it really breaks down in the third half and eventually spins out of control into obvious and stupid realms. It is not a great film, and I'm not going to recommend it. It's barely even scary, but hey, it looked polished, which is a lot better than 90% of the made for dvd releases that I have to endure.