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Final Destination 5 Review

Is it possible for a group of bad actors to escape death?  Well it didn’t work for the previous groups, but maybe this time they’ll get lucky.

The Final Destination series has become a joke, no I’m not being mean I’m talking literally, the franchise just won’t die and until I saw this movie I thought that was a bad thing.  As a fan of the series it’s hard to constantly see it ripped apart by critics, but let’s face it The Final Destination (aka Final Destination 4) was terrible.  The acting was bad the plot was bad and the whole thing just felt rushed, but the first three films were, in my opinion, pretty damn good, that includes the acting which I never had a problem with until the fourth one.

This time around the acting wasn’t great either, well at least not at the start.  As the movie went on the actors seemed to get it together, some more than others, and the plot was interesting enough to distract from the ones that didn’t.  People, me included, sometimes joke that all Final Destination movies have the same plot, but doesn’t nearly every movie franchise?  People get put in elaborate traps and are killed in all the Saw films; it’s the other stuff, the characters and the things that happen in between the deaths that make the movies different.  So with that in mind; screw you people that make fun of Final Destination, me included.

The film follows a group of co-workers who are going on a retreat when one of them, Sam (played by Nicholas D’Argosto), has a premonition that the bridge they are on is going to collapse and kill them.  He warns everyone and some make it to safety.  Unfortunately, they are then stalked by death and are getting killed in the order they would have died on the bridge.  William Bludworth, the coroner (played by Tony Todd), returns to the franchise after being absent from number four.  He tells the group, very openly and un-cryptic, that if they give death someone else in their place they will survive.  It would have been nice if he had been a little more cryptic, because it makes you wonder why he would have withheld his information from the other groups.  The whole murder aspect was a good, but they kind of did away with the intervening part which played such a fun part in previous instalments.  I wish they’d to the photos again like in number three, that was cool.

If Final Destination is known for anything it’s the death sequences and this film definitely delivers.  There were some moments were the suspense had me cringing in my seat, but other could have been better.  The use of red herrings was clever and I loved trying to figure out what was going to happen, one of the best things about Final Destination.  The movie has a great twist at the end and I mean great, like the end alone makes this movie worth going to see.  It was only when I thought about it that I realised that all the movies in the series have some form of twist ending; in the first one they learn that intervening doesn’t get you off deaths list, in the second one that kid blows up because he was saved by Nathan during the film, Wendy has a second premonition in the third and in the fourth they ponder if death sent them the premonitions to get them to where it wanted them thus it was all part of the plan and they never really escaped anything (though his theory doesn’t make sense when you consider that if it were true the events of the second movie would not happen).

The 3D was good, but wasn’t as overused and gimmicky as number 4.  I like when 3D is used to its full potential, don’t give me all this depth crap just start throwing stuff at my face and I’ll be happy (providing it doesn’t actually hit me).  3D isn’t essential, but if you have the option I’d advice going for the 3D, let’s face it you’ll have plenty of chances to see it in 2D when it leaves the cinema.  Plus at the end of the film there is a montage of some of the deaths from the previous films, which is cool in 3D (and 2D).  Couldn’t help but think that the opening tittles will be really boring in 2D, as they go on for a bit too long with very little but 3D to entertain you.

I think the movie is great and redeems the franchise.  I’d recommend seeing it and in 3D.  I wouldn’t be disappointed to hear they were making a sequel, in fact I hope they do, but what do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

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One response

  1. Amy

    This movie was pretty good. The 3d was great and the ending was awesome I didn’t see it coming at all 🙂

    September 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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