Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley)— The Final Destination franchise is known for one thing: death. A special effects high light reel of deaths that would rack up style points had it been a contest. But five films deep now, can the gore fest known as Final Destination continue to capture the attendance of moviegoers?
The fifth and possible final installment brings more of the familiar, but does it in a way that comes across fresh. A young cast of virtual unknowns populates the screen, with veterans like Tony Todd, of Candyman fame, and David Koechner, comedy staple in such movies as Waiting… and the tv show The Office. The film plays out like you would expect from a Final Destination movie: a tragedy is averted by a select few, in which they are killed off one by one if an extremely gruesome way. That’s it. That’s the film. If you expected more, then you need to recheck your ticket stub.
Not that the predictable nature makes it a bad film, not at all. I actually enjoyed the film, as I found myself intrigued and drawn in. The deaths were pushed to the limit once again, making me never want to try for laser eye surgery or acupuncture. The main cast comes across as unbelievable, but then again, that isn’t the point of the film. For the faint of heart, you should know exactly what kind of movie you are seeing if it has the words FINAL DESTINATION in it. If you don’t know, let me fill you in: extreme gore, extreme blood usage, young adults trying to cheat death, and move extreme gore.
All in all, I wasn’t disappointed at all with the film. I went in expecting to see the film equivalent of a Mortal Kombat video game, and that is exactly what I got. The ending was a nice touch, and it felt like a fitting end to this extreme series of films, if indeed this is the end.