Movie: Final Destination 5

Director: Steven Quale

Cast: Nicholas D'Agosto, Ellen Wroe , Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, P.J. Byrne

Jagran rating: (Average)

Story Line: ‘Final Destination 5’ hasn't changed its premise much from the original but the 3-D filming adds a horrifying new twist. Since the original ‘Final Destination’ in 2000, the franchise has been running with a tried-and-true formula, someone specially a young adult has a premonition of a deadly accident and manages to warn his friends or classmates.

Though initially they avoid the accidents but finally they can’t cheat their death. They start to die, in the originally intended order.

‘Final Destination 5’, the latest movie, brings the disaster to a suspension bridge, and it manages to add in a few twists to prevent the franchise from getting stale.

Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto) is an unsuccessful salesman at Presage Paper, but he indulges in his real passion by doing a job of a sous chef at a French restaurant every evening. Sam and his girlfriend, Molly Harper (Emma Bell), board a bus for a business retreat along with his friends and office manager, Peter Friedkin (Miles Fisher), Peter's gymnast girlfriend Candice (Ellen Wroe), Olivia Castle (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), womanizer Isaac Turner (P.J. Byrne), plant manager Nathan Sears (Arlen Escarpeta) and their boss Dennis (David Koechner).

When the bus slowly crosses the suspension bridge, it starts crumbling into the ocean, but not before claiming the lives of the employees in amazingly gory ways. However, since Sam manages to escort his co-workers from the bus before the bridge collapse, they live to see death another day.

The deaths are definitely more gruesome and suspenseful than in the previous film, ‘Final Destination 4’. After watching this movie, you will never think of gymnastics, acupuncture or laser eye surgery in the future.

Thumbs up: It is the first major feature film of Steven Quale who was second unit director for James Cameron's ‘Avatar’. He does a good job building up the nervous tension for the next violent death.

Wood, the token hottie, is good in her part. Koechner is good comic relief as the goofy boss.

It is definitely worth the surcharge to see this one in 3-D. The effects in the opening credit sequence alone are better than the 3-D that we've seen in some full-length movies. Special effects are really superb especially the death scenes which will surely spread a chilling sensation through your spine.

Thumbs down: The young cast of this movie is pretty forgettable. D'Agosto is not convincing as the lead actor. Bell was good in her previous movies but here she and D’Agosto make a boring leading pair. The dialogue is pretty weak. All in all, this isn't the final destination to head for this weekend.

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