8.12-14.2011: What To Watch – Theater Edition

“No matter where you run, no matter where you hide…you can’t cheat death.  Or can you?”  It’s a different movie and different people in the same situation in 3D in Final Destination 5.  The real question is if audiences want to cheat Death again for the fifth time or if Death wins for the final time.

Final Destination 5  Starring Nicholas D’Agosto (TV’s Heroes), Emma Bell (TV’s The Walking Dead), Miles Fisher (Superhero Movie), Arlen Escarpeta (Friday the 13th [2009]), David Koechner (Paul, TV’s The Office) and Tony Todd (Candyman, TV’s The Event).  Written by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street [2010], The Thing [10/2011]).  Directed by Steven Quale (Aliens of the Deep).

The fifth installment in the horror series, Final Destination 5 continues the story of cheating Death that James Wong’s Final Destination (starring Devon Sawa [TV’s Nikita], Ali Larter [Resident Evil: Afterlife] and Kerr Smith [TV’s Life Unexpected]) started over eleven years ago.  The structure and theme of the movie resembles the original and its subsequent three sequels except instead of a plane, freeway, amusement park or race track, it’s a bridge.  The series has not faired well with critics but viewers still want more; The Final Destination, the last sequel but the one with the most negative reviews, had the highest worldwide gross of the series at $186.167 million (with a budget of $40 million).  It will be the first to be released in 3D and the first feature film for director Steven Quale whose use of 3D cameras for Final Destination 5 is influenced by his oft-colleague, James Cameron, who co-developed the digital 3D Fusion Camera System.  The two directors co-directed Aliens of the Deep with Quale having worked on several Cameron films including Avatar (second unit director), Titanic (second unit director), True Lies (special projects coordinator), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (special projects) and The Abyss (production assistant).

Synopsis:  Death is as omnipresent as ever, first revealing its menacing reality to a group of coworkers headed for a corporate retreat.  During the bus ride, Sam (D’Agosto) has a premonition in which he and most of his friends, as well as numerous others, die in a horrific bridge collapse.  When his vision ends, events begin to mirror what he had seen, and he frantically ushers as many of his colleagues – including his friend Peter, (Fisher), and girlfriend, Molly (Bell) – away from the disaster before Death can claim them.  But these unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.  courtesy of New Line Cinema

R / 95 min / Real 3D & IMAX 3D

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