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On July 4th, in the small Broken Ridge, Colorado, the teenagers Colby, his girlfriend Amber and their friends Zoe, Roger and PJ play a prank with the legend of the Fisherman that kills teenagers with dirty little secrets with his hook in an entertaining park. However, when PJ jumps with his skateboard, there is an unexpected accident and PJ dies. The group stays together and makes a covenant to keep their secret. One year later, Amber receives 50 messages in her cell-phone saying "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and she gathers her friends to find who might have told about their pact. They find that PJ's cousin Lance also knows what they did. Sooner they find that a dark man wearing slicker is chasing them with a hook to kill each one of them. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" is an okay conclusion to the series.
Living in a Colorado town, friends Amber Williams, (Brooke Nevin) Colby Patterson, (David Paetkau) Zoe, (Torrey DeVitto) Roger, (Seth Packard) and Kim, (Britt Leary) feel good about a prank, only to be shocked when it takes a turn for the worse. Vowing to keep it a secret, they go their own way for a year, as she keeps company with Lance, (Ben Easter) during the time until they gather again. After getting back together proves to be a mistake, they are soon terrorized by a series of weird messages and other strange contacts. When they start to realize that the group is slowly being killed off, they discover that Ben Willis, (Don Shanks) a rain-slicker dressed serial killer from urban legend, is after them for their sins and race to stop his rampage.
The Good News: This one did have a few good moments to it that work. The basis for most slashers is how they set up the rampage, and this one has a fairly good one with a perfectly fun sequence that really sets off the slashing in great detail. It's a really great stalking scene at a carnival, with some atmospheric scenes, a tense stand-off and the gory revelation sequence which is really a lot of fun to watch. Also, by being the film's opening means that's going to be a rousing opening, which is exactly what's needed at a beginning of the film to keep it interesting. There's also a slew of effective stalking scenes throughout the film to help it out. The swimming pool attack is great as it's results are quite surprising, the scene in the factory is really creepy and the stand-out scene in the running ski-lift is pure gold. It's just plain creepy and suspenseful and really stands out in the film. The chase backstage of the concert is also really great, and with the tense setting, thrilling action and confusing attempt to escape as well as stay together away from the killer earns it some really big points. The killer here is also pretty creepy, as the position of the slicker with the lightning makes it quite imposing. The kitchen chase also works, as it's woven together in a great fast-paced sequence that is highly enjoyable. The final chase is really nice and thrilling, utilizing a novel setting with a really nice pace and a couple of great scenes. The last really good parts here are the brutal kills to this one. They aren't that great, but they are pretty brutal and get some bloodshed unleashed at times, which is the general point. These here are the film's good points.
The Bad News: This one does have a few really big flaws to it. The main one on display is the rather over-familiarity of the film's plot-line. This one just flat-out rips many scenes or ideas right out of the previous entries, which makes it feel rather weak and barely able to stand on it's own rather than doing anything remotely new with it. From the central premise to the tactics used by the killer to the way the killer looks like, just about all of this is ripped off from it's previous entries. This is hard to understand considering it's been so long between them and being such a clone is hard to understand. Speaking of scare tactics, the ones here are pretty lame. The text message one could've been great had it not been so clichéd, the writing in the cement at the swimming pool is just beyond lame with no reason to be there and the stuff written out in obscure places gets really old. The last flaw here is the really boring beginning here. This is all due to the fact that this does have an inordinate amount of time spent on doing nothing but standing around talking about the past or yelling and screaming because of the killer's actions. It really takes a long time to get past, and with it then going into the rather weak scare tactics gives it an even longer amount of time to get to the good points. These here are the film's flaws.
The Final Verdict: With a spectacular finale and a few other good points in here, this one is certainly watchable with a few flaws. Good for those who are fans of the series or the plain interested, while the ones who haven't enjoyed the ones that have come before won't be too entertained with this one.
Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language
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