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Movie review: Urban Legends: Final Cut

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Movie review: Urban Legends: Final Cut

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When film student Amy decides to make a film about urban legends a faceless killer quickly begins eliminating her cast members. As the storyline of her film begins to blur with real life it becomes hard to know which is the real problem.

Jennifer Morrison (Amy), Matthew Davis (Travis/Trevor), Hart Bochner (Prof. Solomon), Loretta Devine (Reese), Joseph Lawrence (Graham), Anson Mount (Toby), Eva Mendes (Vanessa), Jessica Cauffiel (Sandra).

Urban Legends: Final Cut begins well enough with some nice background and character development before the plot unfurls. The film moves along well however the plot kicks off a few parallel storylines which are never completely explained. The result is a teen scream slasher film that feels like a teen scream slasher film. We find ourselves wondering why there is never much police, let alone adult, involvement in things while at the same time the characters make some ridiculously poor choices.

Despite the somewhat juvenile feel, acting is actually decent. Morrison takes her role seriously and does a good job with it. Davis was mediocre and felt a bit awkward with Morrison. Devine brought her usual colorful energy while Bochner and the remainder of the supporting cast did fairly well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done and the film obviously had a reasonable budget. Physical effects were nicely done throughout and fit the genre. Dialogue was okay with some campy moment as expected in this type of film. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall Urban Legends: Final Cut is a pretty good teen scream with nice attention to detail and good technical quality. Younger viewers will probably enjoy this the most while older viewers may find it lacking depth.

With plenty of violence, gore, some foul language and sexuality, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2000
Reviewed: 4.11.14
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror Movies, Teen Screams, Slasher and Serial Killer Movies

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