Urban Legends - Final Cut review
It takes a lot for a sequel to truly surpass its predecessor. In the case of Urban Legends, the bar is relatively low. Still, Urban Legends: Final Cut does not rise to the occasion. This is an attempt to make a franchise out of something that should not have a franchise. This movie is also barely a sequel. If producers decide to make more films, they have an easy time. The plot can stay the same each time. In a college campus, there is a serial killer killing people using urban legends. There are always new urban legends created. The films don't even need to have the same characters. Only one, Reese, makes a return appearance. In other words, this is a franchise that can be a cheap way to put telegenic young actors on movie screens before their inevitable series on the WB network.
The urban legends are also not compelling. With so many floating around, at least the writers and director John Ottman could have come up with something better. Some of the more familiar ones they choose are already passed around to death over e-mail, and watching on the screen is boring. They rely solely on gruesome murders and random noises and animals to generate suspense instead of actual suspense. Two sequences are obviously not real killings (within the movies) but movies filming. One main point is to keep the audience guessing as to the identity of the killer. The story is a cop out. The killer's reasons for killing make no real sense, and it is nearly impossible to guess his/her identity. In fact, no one really cares who did the killing by the time the end rolls around.
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