‘Zombieland’ makes apocalypses seem like a blast

Before there were tv shows like “iZombie” or “The Walking Dead,” there wasn’t any sort of shows or movies that made Zombies cool or “hip.” That all changed when “Zombieland.” It’s time to walk down memory lane and talk about everyone favorite Zombie movie. I thought it was fitting

Don’t let them catch you with your pants down

“Zombieland” was released in the fall of 2009. One Year before the start of “The Walking Dead.” It was directed by Ruben Fleischer in his first featured film. Before this, he did a few TV shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The movie starts Woody Harrison (“Hunger Games” Franchise), Emma Stone (“Superbad”), Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”), and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”).

The movie follows a Columbus (Eisenberg) as he tries to survive a zombie-filled world and return to see whether his family is still alive. The people in the US were turned into zombies after a strain of mad cow disease turned them infected them. In order to survive, Columbus has a list of rules that he tries to live by. The movie follows him and allies/friends that he meets as he enters this zombie-filled new world.

The acting in the movie is extremely well done, especially by the people who were the zombies. They came across as extremely believable. They are the true heroes of this movie. The other acting is also very well done. You get the sense for the character within the first 15 minutes of their introduction and whether you like or hate the characters. “Zombieland” allows you to really get to know the characters

The movie itself is very good. It takes a topic like Zombie apocalypses and makes it funny. Before this movie, we really haven’t seen it done like this. Usually, they are grim and horror filled. And when we did get a funny attempt at making a zombie apocalypse funny, it just came off as lame and bad. This movie is just a treat. It’s well produced and visually appealing to the eyes. The action in the movie is also good and slightly gore-y at times. But what is a Zombie movie without a little gore?

The middle of the movie is where the movie starts to drag. It loses the action and the sense of urgency that really got you into the movie. The movie doesn’t drag but it just plateaus in a sense. It doesn’t really add anything to the movie besides in character development. Sure, character development is great and everything but it’s better when it helps move the story along.

“Zombieland” is an extremely well-done comedy that makes Zombie apocalypse seem cool and slight fun. It does drag a little bit in the middle but it’s still a good ride and fun on at that. I highly recommend watching “Zombieland.” Even if Zombies and movies like it aren’t your thing, you will still have a good time with this movie. “Zombieland” keeps gore and horror are kept to a minimum. You won’t be disappointed with “Zombieland.” Unless you are looking for fledged Zombie gory horror movie. Then I would pass at this movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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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”

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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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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

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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

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‘Final Destination 3’ takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions

After watching “Final Destination 2,” my faith in humanity and movie sequels were slightly restored. It didn’t last long as soon as I decided to watch continue down the path of the “Final Destination” franchise with the third movie. Ugh. Let’s chat about “Final Destination 3.” Don’t worry, we can only go up from here. Sigh.

Me watching this movie

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You can run, but you cannot hide. This is the beginning of the end.

“Final Destination 3” was released in February 2006. It was directed by James Wong, who directed the first movie, and would be the final movie in the series that he would be a part of. This would also be the last movie that has the original creator in it. This is the first movie in the cast that doesn’t have any connections to the original film. They bring it up but that’s more to continue the plot just a little continuity. The movie’s two main stars are Ryan Merriman (“Smart House” and “Luck of the Irish”) and
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Scott Pilgrim vs the World” and “Passions”). Some other names in the movie are Alexz Johnson (“Instant Star” and “So Weird”) and the late Cory Monteith (“Glee”).

I really like Ryan and Mary in their roles. They honestly were the best in the entire film. The way they did their characters and interacted with each other. They really carried the film and made their characters. I also really like hearing Ryan Merriman swear. Former kid/teen stars swearing is literally like seeing and petting a unicorn. But the others acting was okay. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t like anything that we have gotten in the past two movies. And

“Final Destination 3” follows the same plot as the first two. It just so happens that they are in an amusement park this time and they were all supposed to die on a roller coaster. But Wendy (Mary) has a vision of their deaths and saves her, Kevin (Ryan), and five other teens. By using the pictures that she took of them from that night, Wendy and Kevin must try to help the rest of the survivors cheat death and live.

The one good thing about the film is how they changed the visions up compared to the last two movies. I liked how they are pictures were the visions. It added more of a mystery to each death. Like you have an idea on how they were going to die but it was so vague that you didn’t find out until it actually happened.

The death scenes in this movie aren’t very good. They are just so fake and too much CGI. I think they tried to change to get more innovated with the deaths but it just honestly fell flat. The deaths in the last two movies featured realistic deaths. That’s what made them so great. They were deaths that could happen to you, for the most part. Not so much in this movie. They were going more for the shock of creativity and not the shock of realism, which it should be. Probably the most iconic death in the entire series is when two characters die in a tanning bed. Just the way it’s handled and shot is literally everything.

“Final Destination 3” isn’t anything compared to the first two films. It’s not the worst film in the franchise, we’ll get there. But it’s not the best. I do like how they handled the vision with this movie. It was a welcome changed. The deaths in this movie aren’t very good, besides the tanning bed deaths. They aren’t realistic and just come off as a CGI fest. They tried but it just didn’t work. I recommend watching “Final Destination 3” just for Ryan Merriman swearing and his and Mary Elizabeth Winstead acting in the film.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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