Time to cheat death one final time with ‘Final Destination 5’

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”

For more “Final Destination” reviews:

|“Final Destination”|“Final Destination 2”|”Final Destination 3“|

|”The Final Destination“|

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

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.

Advertisements

Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ is still iconic as ever

On May 18th, 1999, the Backstreet Boys gave the world an album would become one of the top selling albums of all time. It’s the 20th anniversary of their second album “Millennium.” Now, I originally “reviewed” this album back in the day. That review sucked and I’m calling redo. Welcome to Pop Project Redux.

yep, it’s this album

Click here for all BSB article, quizzes, and posts

I’ll be the one, I’ll be the light

Millennium was released on May 19th, 1999. It was the highly anticipated follow up to their 1996/1997 debut album. Fun fact: Backstreet released three different first album. Two was for international fans in 1996 and 1997. The one we know in the States was in 1997 and was just made up of the other two. Because of this, “Millennium” is their third or second album depending on where you live. The album had Max Martin write and produce many of the songs on the album. In case you forgot, Max Martin the Swedish pop god.

This album starts off with “Larger Than Life” and I could not have thought of a better way to start off this album. One downside is the album is that’s extremely front-loaded. Three of the four singles are the first three songs in on the album. This more than likely wasn’t planned out this way but even so, the flow of the album. Going from a high intense song “Larger Than Life” to two slower bops like “I Want It That Way” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” It’s not just like a gradually slow down. It just stops and kicks into the slow jams. It then kicks back into the dance banger right after. I’m not sure if it is attentionally but it just hurts the pacing of the album.

The album also ends on rather a weird note. The final song on the album is called “The Perfect Fan.” It’s a song about their mothers and thanks to them for all being there. It’s a sweet song but it’s just awkward. There are a chorus and full orchestra backing. This would have been better in the middle of the album and not at the end. Simply rearranging the track list would make it a little better when it comes to flow.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this album is pop perfection beside its flow and being a heavily front loaded album. That is easily made up for by how good the songs are. Even the filler songs are extremely well done. The vocals are what we come to expect from the boys. This album is what everyone thinks of when think of boy bands and Backstreet boys.

“Millennium” is the definition of the 90’s boy bands music. While it’s the flow of the album hurts every song after track three, every song on the album is worth the listening to because it’s the pop perfection. The songs are what makes up for the flow on the album. I cannot tell you how much good this album is. It’s one of those albums. I highly recommending listening to this album. I listened to it this weekend and still enjoyed everything about it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.

Can you survive a Jonas Brothers’ concert?

With all the excitement of the Jonas Brothers getting back together and throwing a summer concert tour, I thought it was fitting to create a quiz to see if you would be able to survive one. Whether you are a new Jo Hoe or a seasoned Jo Hoe, this will test your knowledge on how well you will be able to survive.

If you like the quiz, share this page with your friends and let them see if they could survive.

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.

Take the ride of your life with ‘The Final Destination’

After watching “Final Destination 3,” I thought to myself “It can’t get any worse than that. It just can’t.” And boy, was I wrong yet again. I was very very very wrong. So wrong in fact, that I instantly regretted my decision to watch this movie within the first 10 minutes of the movie.

The movie is so bad, there’s no good gifs

For the previous “Final Destination” reviews:

|”Final Destination”|”Final Destination 2″|”Final Destination 3″|

Have you all lost your fucking mind?

“The Final Destination,” or “Final Destination 4” was intended to be the final movie in the franchise. The movie was released in the summer of 2009 and is sadly the highest grossing movie in the franchise. Sigh. It was directed by David R. Ellis, who directed the second movie in the franchise. The movie stars Bobby Campo (“Legally Blondes,” “Scream”), Shantel VanSanten (“One Tree Hill,””Shooter”), and Mykelti Williamson (“Forrest Gump,” “24”). Other notable people in the movie are Nick Zano (“DC Legends of Tomorrow,” “What I Like About You”), and Haley Webb (“Teen Wolf”). The acting in the movie isn’t bad. They did a good job with what they were given to work with. They weren’t given that much to work with.

Everyone having visions

The movie follows the same plot as the last three. This time, they are watching a race at a speedway. Nick (Bobby) has a vision of a horrible crash killing everyone and he ends up himself and eight other people. Nick must use his visions to keep him and the others alive. And if you watched the last movie, then you already know the answer to that.

This movie is also the first “Final Destination” movie to be shot in 3D. This would be cool and seems cool in some instances but the movie is over plays for it and it just becomes a gimmick. A 3D “Final Destination” seems like something that would be amazing but it just falls flat. I didn’t watch the movie in 3D but the scenes I did watch were okay. The scenes at the race were the best in 3D. It really showcased what it could have been. They tried to make the “visions” 3D but they just looked lamed and stupid. Honestly, they were the worst part of the movie.

The deaths in this movie were some of the worst in the movie. Some of them were okay. But they just came across too outlandish. Like yeah, it could happen but it’s less likely to happen compared to a log falling off the truck in front of you and smashing your head through the windshield. The best deaths had to be either the escalator or the opening scene at the speedway.

Verdict

“The Final Destination” is not a very good movie. If you thought that “Final Destination 3” was bad, this movie makes it seem like a way better movie. The acting is good for what they are given. The deaths aren’t as realistic as they have been in the past. And the addition of the 3D effects should have been what made the movie but it just hinders it and made it more of a gimmick and not something to make it more enjoyable. I don’t recommend this movie unless you want to see Nick Zano shirtless. But even then, you have Google for that.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Leave your thoughts/tea in the comments below. Make sure you follow me on Twitter for more of that tea.