|31 Days of Horror, Day 9|
That's the first major scene in the movie, and it has a lot going for it. There is a group of friends in a terrible, life-or-death-but-mainly-death situation, and they all manage to find different and creative ways to die. The CGI looked pretty good and Daivd Koechner has his skin boiled off by hot tar. What's not to like? More importantly, what else does FD5 have in store?
Final Destination 5 begins with a group of office workers getting on a bus so they can go to a company retreat. While on the bridge, Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) has a daydream of the bridge collapsing and everybody but his ex-girlfriend, Molly (Emma Bell), dying in
|Off-camera CGI guy: "Rawr! I'm an evil bridge! And, um, I'm membering and dismembering your friends!"|
|"So let me get this straight...none of you wants to buy me a shot for saving your life?"|
|And THAT'S for Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector!|
|Happily Ever After = Death by Fireball|
The acting in Final Destination 5 is all pretty terrible. In defense of the actors, though, it is pretty obvious that this movie is about the kill scenes and not character development.
|What was your first clue?|
|Fisher, fighting the urge to run naked with a chainsaw|
|Although the best workplace attire|
Final Destination 5 is the first full-length feature film to be directed by Steven Quale. While Quale certainly didn't "wow" in his debut --- little things like character development, subtlety, film style and cinematography were obviously not priorities for him --- there is something to be said about delivering what the audience wants to see. Even though this is the fifth entry in the series, I would argue that the Quale filmed the quintessential Final Destination scene:
|Gosh, that sure would hurt!|
...but this is totally rad.
|At least she stuck her landing|
I am not a fan of this series, though. There is something inherently anticlimactic when normal humans are trying to beat Death. It's not like Death ever loses; the time of the game may differ between players, but the outcome is always the same.
|With slight variations, of course|
|...that sometimes has lasers. Die, mice, die!|
|Dude's gonna have his work cut out for him|
For what it is, though --- the fifth film in a franchise with a hare-brained premise --- Final Destination 5 isn't too bad. There is enough dark humor to make the ridiculous death scenes fun to watch, and the death scenes were pretty creative. The plot is obviously formulaic, but that's what happens when your franchise reaches #5 with a villain that isn't actually a character. I would recommend this to gore fans, but I've included videos of the only scenes you really need to see.
Here's a little tidbit I laughed at while doing background research on this movie. Check out this screen capture from the Final Destination series Wikipedia page (as of 10/10/12):