We have finally reached the end of the “Final Destination” franchise. After four movies, it’s time to talk about the final movie in the franchise. We have reached the end of the line and personally, I’m okay with it. It’s been a long road to get here and boy, it’s been a mixed ride. Here’s to the final “Final Destination” review! Let’s talk about “Final Destination 5”
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Directed by Steven Quale (He worked with James Cameron), “Final Destination 5” follows the same premise and ideas put forth by the other movies in the installment. It was released in the summer of 2011, the movie stars Nicholas D’Agosto (“The Office,” “Heroes”), Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead,” “Dallas”), Miles Fisher (“Mad Men,” “Gods and Generals”), Arien Escarpeta (“Friday the 13th,” “Whitney”), and David Koechner (“Anchorman,” “The Office”).
The acting is actually rather good. It was much better than what we had gotten in the last two movies. That’s a recurring theme that you will find in this review: better than the last two. This movie is set before the event of the original “Final Destination.” In a sense, “Final Destination 5” took everything back to the drawing board and where it all started. The franchise came full circle.
The movie follows Sam Lawton (D’Agosto) and his girlfriend Molly Harper (Bell) as they try to save their co-workers from death. They were all on their way to a retreat for work when Sam had a vision of all of their deaths when the bridge collapsed and killed everyone but Molly. As I said, it’s pretty much the plot of every other movie that has comes before it. It doesn’t totally change anything with the series but it does add its own flare to things.
This movie is so much better than the two before it. It was reminiscent of what we got in the first and second movie. The deaths were back to being realistic and awesome. The action in the movie wasn’t gimmicky and didn’t feel like they just made the movie for the gimmick. This movie was shot in 3D and did use it so much better than “The Final Destination.” The 3D worked well within the movie and made the deaths more gruesome.
I also like how they added parts from the original movie into this film.
The characterization of each character was rather good. They were able to tell you and get to know each character. There are 11 characters in the movie. A tad bit less than what was in the previous franchise, but you knew tidbits about each character. Some you really shouldn’t, but still. This knowledge made their deaths mean something and not just some random deaths that the viewer wouldn’t care about.
My major complaint with the movie is the use of time. It took almost four minutes to actually get into the movie from the opening credits. Then there was a closing montage of all the deaths in the franchise. Both of these came across as ways to make the movie fit in its slated time. There was also a time where the pacing of the movie was either rushed or going to slow. I wish there was more buildup to important plot points and it would skim through the less important things.
Another complaint I have is that I wish they would dive more into something they added in during this movie. The movie added that if you were to take someone’s life, you would obtain the rest of their lifespan and be safe from death. This was a rather cool addition to the film franchise that I would love to see fully explored if they were to ever reboot the franchise.
“Final Destination 5” is the best way to end the franchise. It returned to its roots and set up what happened in “Final Destination” and the universe. Pacing and time is a major issue with the movie but it can be slightly overlooked by how well done everything is. I do recommend this movie. You don’t even need to watch the ones before it to enjoy the movie. It’s the best way to end the franchise.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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