No matter where you run, no matter where you hide…you can’t cheat death.
Or can you? In “Final Destination 5,” Death is just as omnipresent as ever, first revealing its menacing reality to a group of coworkers headed for a corporate retreat. During the bus ride, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition in which he and most of his friends, as well as numerous others, die in a horrific bridge collapse. When his vision ends, events begin to mirror what he had seen, and he frantically ushers as many of his colleagues—including his friend, Peter (Miles Fisher), and girlfriend, Molly (Emma Bell)—away from the disaster before Death can claim them.
But these unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
Death. It happens all around us every day. For some of us it’s unexpected, for others, they know it’s coming. With that morbid overtone, I kind of knew what to expect when walking into the cinema last night. Final Destination 5. Number 5, you might say? (Oh it’s in 3D too). Yeah, the franchise is still going, even though number 4 was supposed to be THE Final Destination. Lucky for us, this one is slighty better.
The film starts off with a typical intro to our cast before we begin following them on their grisly journey. It’s your standard forte of characters, the acting being decent; with the whole cast performing just how they should. We don’t get to know a whole lot about them, so you can’t really care for them much…though to be honest, that isn’t the reason you’re going to watch this film…is it now(Cue Evil Laughter). There is a cool cameo by Tony Todd, who you will know him from the previous films if you have not seen them already. He does a great job of being ominous as heck.
After the longer than usual intro, the action kicks into high gear with the beginning accident. I must say it was very well staged with some nice use of the 3D graphics and special effects that were rather hair-raising as things start to go awry. I am not the greatest fan of 3D, but I enjoyed the way it was used in this film. The story then goes into Death mode, as one by one, all of our surviving victims (I mean cast members) fall fate too…well you will just have to go to see for yourself. I did enjoy the Death scenes for the most part as they added an interesting mix to the batch. Some were unexpected while others weren’t. The CGI gore was all right, while the prosthetics were great when used.
The story as you should know isn’t hugely original, but what I did like is that they tried to change an idea within the story. It isn’t that major although, was a decent attempt at adding some freshness to the franchise. There were elements of suspense, but they didn’t last for very long. The cinematography was pretty standard as we get taken to a variety of different locations in the city, so we aren’t stuck in the same place for very long before moving onto the next scene.
At the end of the day, FD5 is a somewhat fun ride; it doesn’t bring a whole lot of “new” to the table, but I’m sure you knew that already. Its bloody, it’s gory and if you enjoy watching people getting randomly killed in weird ways…then this film’s for you! It’s hard for a movie like this to be original as the main draw being the death scenes. It has done well at the box office costing $45million to make and has grossed $130million dollars. Be sure to stay seated once the movie is over for a goretastic tribute to the previous films. Talking about the end, it’s one of my favourite parts of the film…and no, not because it was over.
Worth the watch if, you are a fan of the franchise, looking for a gory horror or enjoy horror enough that you want your own opinion on the film.
|Title:||Final Destination 5 3D (2011)|
|Leading Cast:||Emma Bell, Nickolas D'Agosto, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jacqueline Macinnes-Wood, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, Courtney B. Vance, David Koechner, Tony Todd|
|Studio:||New Line Cinema|
|Age Rating:||16 V|
|Running Time:||94 minutes|
|Release Date:||09 September 2011 (South Africa)|