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I'm beginning to notice a pattern:)
on November 26, 2011
Death does not like to be cheated. Not only does death not like to be cheated, it apparently has a sense of irony, a macabre sense of humor, and compared to the previous movies in the series, seemingly endless and original ways of restoring the balance.
I went to see this with two friends, one of whom had never seen a Final Destination movie, and she definitely did not want to see this one, she wanted to sneak into the Smurf movie instead. If FD was bad, she would leave and go home and take my other friend, because she was his ride.
So, as the movie introduces us to our usual collection of destiny deceivers, it presents the different characters in new and interesting ways. This time, a group of people going on a company retreat, though not all of the people work for the company. This time it's not a plane about to take off, a freeway pileup, or racing cars in a stadium. It's a bus on a bridge, and I was surprised to be so gripped by what happened on the bridge I forgot what happened in previous movies. The further you get into the movie, the more gripping it gets.
If my friend wanted to flee she could not, maybe because she was rooted to her seat. Amateurs.
FD5 offers an interesting twist on a successful formula. Death has a new rule, by which it can be successfully cheated, and this creates an ethical dilemma for our participants. We get the stock characters, the suspicious police detective, who thinks the accident was no accident. The creepy mysterious guy who turns up at every scene and tells our survivors death does not like to be cheated. Is he death personified, you wonder? And then the bodies start piling up.
"If they didn't deserve to die, then why do you deserve to live?"
You may discover the scenes are highly inventive, very teasing, and gripping. Sometimes you are filled with a sense of anticipation, sometimes with a sense of dread.
Particularly the gymnastic routine, will it be the pointy screw on the balance beam, the loosening bolt on the parallel bar, the frayed wire to the fan, spilling water creeping across the floor, or the defective and shaky over head air conditioner.
As the girl prepares for the Lasik scene, you think, doesn't she know? For the Lasik scene. I had to close my eyes at times. How it toys with your emotions. You can be squirming one moment while anticipating the next.
As I looked around I noticed many people covering their eyes at certain points. A little kid sitting next to me seemed strangely unperturbed by the goings on.
And, as a trainee chef ambles into the restaurant and there are naked flames and long skewers, and sharp knives everywhere, you wonder what is he thinking.
With our usual assortment of up and coming actors, I wondered who the survivors would be. I remember thinking she is too pretty to die early, but that was short sighted of me, as death does not respect the pretty.
Having seen almost all the Final Destination movies, I consider this the best since the original. Obviously, these types of movies are not for everyone, particularly not my smurf loving friend. But, if you have enjoyed Final Destination before, you will undoubtedly enjoy this one again. I loved the twist at the end.
I hope you found this review helpful, and I think you will enjoy the movie.