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FINAL DESTINATION 5: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
A group of co-workers board a bus headed for a company retreat, not aware that life will never be the same again. Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) is an apprentice chef whose girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) is about to break up with him. On the bus, after he cuts his finger, Sam has a premonition - that the bridge on which they are driving is about to collapse. When 8 of them survive the disaster, the others comprising Sam's boss Peter (Miles Fisher), his gymnast girlfriend Candice (Ellen Wroe), buxom Olivia (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), slobby fat boy Isaac (P.J.Byrne), factory floor manager Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) and company boss Dennis (David Koechner) try to find a way of escaping Death's clutches.

Review by Louise Keller:
Blood, gore and splatter are plentiful in this fifth film of the franchise in which premonition morphs into reality and death follows. With its 'in your face' approach, 3D is effectively used, with shards of glass, skulls, fans, gun barrels, knives and needles looming towards us in plentiful supply. No matter where you run, no matter where you hide...you can't cheat death, the film's slogan says. So the challenge for director Steven Quayle is to maintain the tension again and again as screenwriter Eric Heisserer uses his imagination to come up with new, novel and grizzly ways to die. Laughter rippled through the cinema in varying degrees as the exaggerated horror-fest unravelled. It may not be my bag, but for those who like armchair terror accompanied by violent deaths delivered with a manic twinkle in the eye, Final Destination 5 delivers.

After a stylish opening credit sequence making full use of 3D elements, we meet the main players. Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) is a successful apprentice chef who has been offered an internship in Paris. Only trouble is, his girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) is ready to break off the relationship, on the eve of the company retreat. Others on the bus are Peter (Miles Fisher) and his champion gymnast girlfriend Candice (Ellen Wroe), buxom Olivia (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), sleazy fat boy Isaac (P.J. Byrne), factory floor manager Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) and the company head Dennis (David Koechner).

We don't have to wait long for IT to start. Sam cuts his finger on the bus and as soon as we see the blood, the first spectacular sequence begins involving a construction mishap followed by the destruction of the North Bay Bridge as bodies fall, hang, are squashed, impaled and more. For the remaining eight survivors, life goes on, but they all go through their own private hell in various ways as disasters strike in different situations when they least expect it. I never realised how many dangers there are in the kitchen, nor am I likely to have my eyes lasered any time soon. Additionally, it is guaranteed this film will never be shown on an aeroplane.

Special effects are well executed and all the performances work well. And just in case you haven't had enough blood, there's a closing splatter reel with amputated heads and limbs to put this Final Destination to rest.

Published January 19, 2012

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FINAL DESTINATION 5: DVD (MA15+)
(US, 2011)

CAST: Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jacqueline MacInnes-Wood, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe

PRODUCER: Craig Perry, Warren Zide

DIRECTOR: Steven Quayle

SCRIPT: Eric Heisserer

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Brian Pearson

EDITOR: Eric Sears

MUSIC: Brian Tyler

PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Sandefur

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 1, 2011

PRESENTATION: 16:9

SPECIAL FEATURES: .

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

DVD RELEASE: January 11, 2012







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