photo courtesy: New Line Cinema
Sometimes movie series get a great start. Regardless if it is merely the concept that is interesting enough to captivate audiences or the overall quality of the movie, movie goers love a flick filled with blood, gore and the preternatural. But when is enough, enough?
Over a decade ago, New Line Cinema released Final Destination. This premiere introduction in the inner workings of death intrigued audiences as Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) and several of his classmates escape from their flight after a vision led him to believe it was doomed. Moments after takeoff, the flight exploded in midair, the only survivors were those who had been ushered off the flight, just moments before it left the gate.
But death has a plan and when it’s your time to go, it’s time to go. Over the past twelve years, audiences have gathered to watch as death has taken vengeance on those who have escaped its grasp. Escaping death’s clutches once doesn’t mean you are out of the game, in fact, it just makes things more interesting.
Each subsequent movie proved to be even more disappointing than the one before it. Culminating with The Final Destination, where viewers believed the end of an era had finally been reached. With its poor graphics and attempt at making the movie more realistic by shooting it in 3-D, fans were surprised that New Line Cinema had agreed to a fifth and final movie in this series.
Final Destination 5 has proven to revamp the dying series. With its reintroduction of William Bludworth (Tony Todd), the creepy mortician that originally informed Alex Browning of his fate in the original Final Destination, the newest plot seems strangely interesting. The ending leaves fans of the series saying “Oh my God!” and of course, the montage of all the famous death scenes throughout the years, is worth remaining in your seat for a few more minutes while the credits roll.
Ending the series on a relatively high note, one can only hope that the folks at New Line Cinema do not get it in their heads to make any more sequels. But as always, in Hollywood, overindulgence is popular.
Will we have another date with death? Or is this truly the final destination on this ride?