Sunday, 25 September 2011

Film Review: "Final Destination 5" (2011).




The tagline of the film reads "Death has never been closer". And that couldn't get any clearer with Final Destination 5. This horror film directed by Steven Quale and written by Eric Heisserer It is the fifth installment of the Final Destination film series. In this latest installment, Sam and his friends manages to escape a ill-fated bridge, thanks to a premonition Sam obtained. However, when 2 of his friends died in a mysterious way, Sam must use his memories from the premonition to save his friends, before death hunts him down. 

Alan Horn, the head of Warner Bros., confirmed at ShoWest in March 2010 that Final Destination 5 was in works at ShoWest. Producer Craig Perry later added that the film would be shot in 3D. Eric Heisserer was announced as screenwriter in April 2010. The studio initially picked August 26, 2011, as the release date but later changed it to August 12, 2011. In June 2010, New Line Cinema announced that Steven Quale would direct. In August 2010, actor and musician Miles Fisher was the first to be cast in the film as Peter Friedkin. Three days after Fisher's casting, Arlen Escarpeta was cast in the film as Nathan. In late August 2010 Nicholas D'Agosto and Ellen Wroe were cast. One day later, Final Destination regular Tony Todd, from the first three installments, joined the film. In August 2010, David Koechner and P. J. Byrne were announced to have joined the cast. In September, Emma Bell was cast as the female lead; Molly. In mid-September both Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Courtney B. Vance joined the main cast. Principal photography took place between September and December 2010. Producers stated that this installment would be darker and more suspenseful in the style of the original film.

It stars Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, and Tony Todd. The cast gave overly melodramatic performances that were borderline comical throughout the film, especially when particular characters met their unfortunate and, in this case, predictable deaths.

With little of the ingenuity of previous installments, Final Destination 5 is a predictable, disposable horror fare. An absolute slap in the face to the fans who made the franchise a hit in the first place. The movie is a catastrophe in and of itself. Imagine a movie that features an endless cavalcade of people being eviscerated in the bloodiest and bone-snappiest of ways, yet which somehow manages to inspire the audience to envy the victims. There's absolutely no reason for the movie to exist other than the only one Hollywood studios really care about: a cynical cash grab. Like too many horror franchises, a premise that was once scary has evolved into something campy and self-aware. Selling bland fatalism to kids, it's the work of crooks and sadistic fiends. It showers you with gore while dumping a motor engine in your lap and poking you in the eye with a burnt stick. If you've seen one such movie, you've seen them all, and one is too much. If this is what horror fans want these days, then... be very, very afraid.

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