Monday, 23 July 2012

Final Destination 5

The Final Destination franchise doesn't get much praise, really. Well, that is, until "Final Destination 5" came along! Being the only film of the franchise to stay positive on Rotten Tomatoes, it's widely considered to be the best of the series so far. So, here's my breakdown on the series so far. The original Final Destination wasn't very strong. It had weak character development, and it felt too rushed. This would earn a 2/5 from me. Final Destination 2 improved vastly, which much more inventive death sequences, much more suspense, and it was a better crafted movie. I took itself too seriously though. This one would get a 4/5. Final Destination 3 improved again, by playing out most of the death sequences as a joke, but still being inventive and fun. I'd give this a 3.5/5. Then came along The Final Destination, which was horrific. It attempted a campy, comedic feel, and it was just stupid. The deaths were boring, rushed and predictable, and it was a horrible attempt of a movie. It'd get a 1/5 from me. Now, we arrive at "Final Destination 5", which I have awarded a 4/5 to. Why? Because it's the best of the series so far by a long shot. 

You know the drill; a group of people survive a freak accident, and eventually get killed in strange circumstances. This time, we follow Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) and girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell). After seeing the bridge collapse in a premonition, Sam saves a group of his workmates, and they witness the bridge collapse. But, soon enough, they start dying off in the order they should have on the bridge. Geddit? 

I saw this film 4 hours ago, and I'm still in awe. I'm so impressed by Stephen Quale (new director) it's actually unreal! He's brought an entirely new feel to the series. Not only did he introduce a new rule, but he added more suspense than I've ever seen, a brilliant use of 3D, the best visual effects from a Final Destination 5, and some of the most inventive death sequences of the series. Here's the run down... 

I saw this film in 3D, and let me tell you how worth it it was! The opening credits are mind-blowing in 3D, glass flying into your face, blood spattered towards you, it's just 2 minutes of stunning 3D, and probably the best 3D since Avatar. The bridge collapse scene is a masterful use of 3D, and instead of using it as a gimmick, it's used to enhance the tension and effect. Holes in the bridge are shown close up, and we get a feel of how high the bridge is, let alone the stakes. It adds to the tension. It's one of the few films worth paying an extra £2/3 for. 

The main thing that impressed me with this film though, was the tension. Unlike previous films, this film takes its death sequences seriously, but not too seriously. It's a perfect balance of seriousness and tension at the same time. One stand out scene is the Gymnastics death. SPOILERS. There are so many distractions, water falling from the ceiling, an open wire, a misplaced towel on the floor, our eyes scan the screen and we run through every possible outcome. But, whilst we're thinking about all that, the actual death comes in 5 seconds, and it's nothing we'd have even thought of. And they bring it little clues before hand, so we are aware of all the little items in the death, but we assume them as safe. It's a brilliant effect. SPOILERS OVER. 

The death sequences themselves here are brilliant. They involved the gymnastics one mentioned above, an acupuncture session gone wrong, Laser Eye Surgery with a light hearted but nasty twist, and a wrench being flung into a characters face. The latter one was a complete shock, and had my jump big time! You just don't see it coming, and you're left there speechless, with a wide-mouth expression whilst you recover from the shock. It's truly great stuff. 

There was also a new element here; kill or be killed. If you kill someone else, you will take however many years they had left. This is a nifty little entrance, but it's never really used to its full advantage. It does result in a pretty tense slasher-like chase towards the end though, just adding a bit of originality into the already wearing franchise. It's also a big part in the final twist, as well. 

That's about it, really. It's just a brilliant entry in an okay franchise. It takes all of the negativity of the previous entries, and improves on them. Granted, character development isn't very strong here, and the acting is only really mediocre, but I wasn't expecting much more anyway. The acting's a lot better than what it was in the previous instalment though. Just take "Final Destination 5" as what it is; a fun, entertaining 90 minutes, with no real purpose. Think about that and you're in for a great time.

To Summarise: Inventive death sequences, brilliant 3D, a mind-blowing premonition and horrific intensity all make "Final Destination 5" the best of the series so far.

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