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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It’s fight or flight time with ‘Final Destination 2’

After watching “Final Destination,” I thought it was fitting to watch the second film in this five-film franchise, or what I like to call Filogy. I’ll work on a better title for the next review. Now, after what “Cruel Intentions 2” was, I lowered all expectation of this movie being any good. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I’m on to you.

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You can’t cheat Death. There are no escapes. 

“Final Destination 2” was released in 2003, over three years from the first movie. It was directed by David R. Ellis (“Snakes on a Plane” and “Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco”). David also directed the fourth installment, “The Final Destination.” The only cast member to come back from the first movie was Ali Larter. Joining the cast for this installment in a starring role was A.J. Cook (“Criminal Minds”) and Michael Landes (“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”).

The casting for this movie was a little weird but it worked for the movie. The acting is good in the movie. It on the same level as what we got in the first movie. A.J., Ali, and Michael are the stand-outs, which is due in part for they have the most screen time. But meshed well together, especially A.J. and Michael.

The movie takes place a year after the event that took place in the first movie. Kimberly Corman (A.J.) prevents her and eight others from dying in a major and deadly car pile-up with a premonition. Because she’s saved their lives, they must look out for each other as death is looking to take them out. In order to stay alive, Kimberly looks for help from Clear River (Ali) and Deputy Thomas Burke (Michael) as she tries to keep everyone alive.

I personally thought that “Final Destination 2” was a more well-rounded movie than what we got in “Final Destination.” I got more invested in the characters. There was more of development for the characters and you got to know the character more. Now, this wasn’t the case for the characters that

I really enjoyed the continuity that happen in this movie. It made both movie seem they were in their own little world. This world learned from the events that happened in “Final Destination” and are using these events to help keep everyone safe. This is the role that Clear brought to the film. She bridged the gap because “Final Destination” and “Final Destination 2.” She’s used her knowledge to help.

In the first movie, everyone thought Alex was crazy for having these visions about death. They treated Kimberly’s visions as legitimate more. While I don’t really like the character of Clear, her arc during this film were great. It did its purpose better than if it was Alex, who they killed off in between movies. With both Alex and Kimberly having visions, it would have created a problem. While it would have been an interesting problem, it would have been confusing.

The death in this film is my major complaint. While they are still real life things that can happen, they kind of get a little out of hand. They kind of has gotten a little laughable and outlandish. Like one death had a ladies head stuck in the elevator as it was moving and resulted in her being decapitated. While it’s possible, it just kind of made you laugh. The first movie death were all things you can really see happening. These were a mixture of both. They were still produced wonderfully, they could have been handled better.

Verdict

“Final Destination 2” is a better and more rounded movie than the first. It has a lot more character development while also using the continuity to its advantage. It is sad that the death scenes aren’t as good as they were in the first. They become slightly laughable in some instances. It doesn’t hurt that film that much besides in making it a less serious horror film. This movie is also available on Netflix. I recommend it, especially when if you were a fan of the first movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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