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.
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.