Originally Posted by Steve P.
Myself, I was much more impressed with the stereoscopic aspect of MY BLOODY VALENTINE than with FINAL DESTINATION. I found the latter to be poorly and unimaginatively shot.
Couldn't agree more. The makers of MBV clearly understood the need for layering within shots, and were able to add a few 'off-screen' gags without going overboard. It's a terrific combination of 3-D thrills and narrative drive. The producers of THE FINAL DESTINATION tried to drum up a bit of publicity for their own picture by criticizing the use of 3-D in MBV in comparison to TFD, which they promised would be 'much better'. In fact, TFD was shot and composed no differently from a 2-D movie, with too many close-ups and medium shots, few of which lasted anything more than 3 to 5 seconds, and the whole thing just fell 'flat' (literally).
To my complete and utter surprise (given my ultra-low expectations of it), the very best example of layering and composition I've seen to date in a 21st century 'digital' 3-D film is (drum-roll, please) RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE. Yep, you read that right. I thought it was going to be absolutely dreadful, but this fair-to-middling action movie was completely transformed
by some of the most sumptuous 3-D images I've seen to date. These guys really understood the concept of 3-D and ramped it to the max! Truly, truly astonishing!!