Final Destination 5

Rated: 18
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, P.J. Byrne, David Koechner

“In ‘Final Destination 5,’ Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda” (Warner Bros. Pictures).

Verdict: Well you know what you’d get when you watch an installment from this franchise – same concept, similar story, mediocre dialogues, poor acting and extreme gore. They stuck to their guns for this installment as well and some of the painful deaths here are more creative than ever. The non-3D screening of this film in Malaysia is quite heavily censored but I strongly believe it would be more watchable if it was uncut and in 3D.

Favourite death: Definitely the first one with the gymnast. Top class teasing by director Steven Quale.

Least favourite scene: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) I was also quite surprised that they didn’t fully utilise the kitchen scene. There are just so many ways to be tortured, if not killed, by the facilities and equipments in a restaurant’s kitchen. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

If… killing could extend one’s life, wouldn’t murderers live forever?

And if… Tom Cruise and Christian Bale had a son, he would look like Miles Fisher, who played Peter in this movie. Ironically, Fisher IS Tom Cruise in “Superhero Movie.”

Peculiar acting performance: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) “The next one’s Dennis!” – “No shit!” The actors in this film were either poor or just didn’t take the job seriously. Take the protagonist (Sam Lawton played by Nicholas D’Agosto) for example, he has the same expression in all situations. Girlfriend breaks up with him – same face. Bridge collapsed – same face. Police interrogation – same face. Colleagues died in front of him – same face. I call this Robert Pattinson’s style of acting. (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

Malaysian censorship: There are quite a number of gruesome deathblow scenes taken off for the non-3D screening. I wouldn’t recommend you to watch it at a cinema if you’re not into 3D screenings.

Rating: 2 / 5

Second opinion: Read Benjamin Foo’s review here.

The special screening of the film was courtesy of ChurpChurp. I would also like to thank Nuffnang for the invitation to the screening of “Cars 2”, which was unfortunately happening at the exact same time as the screening of this movie.

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