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Final destination: Film Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on August 12, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Craig Perry, Warren Zide
DIRECTOR – Steven Quale
WRITER – Eric Heisserer, Jeffrey Reddick
CAST – Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Arlen Escarpeta
MUSIC – Brian Tyler

The Final Destination franchise has made death seem like a grisly game of cat-and mouse with its own house rules. Much-touted as a teen-scream horror flick, the film, all of its five outings have never tried to step out of that definition. Final Destination 5 continues to chart the same territory with new faces and newer ways to die.

Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition about a bridge collapsing and killing him and all of his colleagues. He manages to convince them to leave and hence eight of them (Sam, Molly, Peter, Candice, Nathan, Jacqueline, Isaac and Dennis) escape death. Shaken and stirred, and still mourning the loss of their other colleagues, they face the death of Candice, (Ellen Wroe) one of the survivors among them. Tony Todd (William Bludworth), the coroner tells them to be careful because Death doesn’t like to be cheated. Everyone familiar with the franchise is, of course aware of this but there is a certain chilliness with which Todd mouths these lines that brings shivers nevertheless.

To be sure, Death starts catching up on them. They are also told that if they can swap their deaths with someone else’s they can survive. Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) does so and in an action-packed fisty-cuffy climax, so does Peter (Miles Fisher). But, as the franchise has already established, the moves of Death are not to be pre-ordained neither are its rules to be gauged. Death plays by its own rules and the franchise has its characters learn this yet again, the hard way!

The series is a dedicated gore-fest and typically inventive in its manners of killing people. It does not shy of seeming too macabre and nothing is too extreme. The fifth part remains loyal to the horrification even at times making the randomness seem like a joke. But then that has always been its downside.

Unlike the earlier films, part five tries to unearth the darker side of its characters by pitting them against destiny and dangling murder as the sole weapon to earn their lives. However, it is not within the realms of the film to explore this sub-text and hence it merely remains a plot element. Not that it is something to complain about.

In the tradition of its earlier parts, Final Destination 5 brings some striking visuals and bold VFX. 3D gives it ample scope to terrorise which it gleefully uses to its best advantage. This one is definitely not for those who cringe at the sight of blood.

FATEMA KAGALWALA

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