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Final Destination 5 (2011)

August 29, 2011

Final Destination 5
August 27, 2011
08:25 PM
Cinema 2, Seat I12
Eastwood Cinema, Eastwood Citywalk 2
Quezon City

The first time I saw the trailer of Final Destination 5, I just couldn’t believe my eyes! When will Death ever catch up with this movie? Having seen Final Destination 4, I really believe the producers and scriptwriters had nothing more to offer with this very formulaic plot. In fact, if all the formulaic movie plots in the whole wide world were to be sorted out in order of relevance with MS Excel or something, Final Destination would be on the Top 3 of the list. The intro is the same. The premonition is the same. The cast is the same. The acting is the same. The bewildered cop is the same. The spooky Candyman is the same. The one-by-one-Death-will-come-after-you schedule is the same.

However, having the penchant for all things supposedly scary, gory, and fun such as Saw and Scream, I naturally watched Final Destination 5 with the hope of proving myself correct once again. To cut it short, yes, I am. However, there’s a wee bit of distrubance in the timeline in between which makes this movie, or rather, this installment, better than Final Destination 2-4. What I’m referring to is how one of the characters attempted to cheat Death. Of course, it’s nothing new since Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) to Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) have all done just that. However, what I particularly liked about this one is it placed the concept of a timely demise as a subplot to the desire to survive. It’s still not gonna get any Oscars though, but at least, this one is so much better than the last.

I don’t know if I can still stomach a Final Destination 6. But if the writers and the director can come up with something totally new with how the surviving characters live the rest of their lives, well I guess, it’s worth watching all over again, perhaps, sometime next year.

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