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Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around

  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • In 'Final Destination 5,' Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man's premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. 'Final Destination 5' is a hoot for the strong of stomach. Text: Reuters
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Finally, you can cheat death in a 'Final Destination' movie. Just take someone else's life -- adding your victim's years to your own.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • It's not only the only twist in the new 'Final Destination 5,' it's a philosophical conundrum square in the middle of the least philosophical franchise ever.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • As usual for the series, director Steven Quale delivers shocking scenes of horrifying murder and mutilation.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Director Quale shot second unit on James Cameron's 'Titanic' and 'Avatar'; for the latter, he was responsible for much of the groundbreaking 3D technology.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • He employs it to superlative effect here. 'FD 5' may reek in the acting department, but Quale is sure-handed with narrative montage, ratcheting up the tension as the reaper closes in with outlandish coincidence that makes even a massage parlor a potential death trap.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto) is on a tour bus to a company retreat when he has a startling vision of a bridge collapse with each of his friends meeting gruesome Wile E Coyote-like deaths.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Snapping out of his nightmarish reverie, Sam herds his friends and whoever will listen off the bus only to see it consumed in a collapse matching his vision.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • D'Agosto loosely anchors the movie in a wan and passive manner.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • 'Final Destination 5' only becomes watchable when people are perishing, in ways so outlandish that they border on self-parody.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Miles Fisher plays the company's ethically challenged alpha male, a role by which he oddly channels Tom Cruise, delivering a hackneyed performance as he struggles with a character arc that barely makes sense.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • The film has over the years become nothing more than a celebration of graphic gore and pain meant to elicit chills and laughter.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • The concept for the original 'Final Destination' back in 2000 was a sound one -- for the cheap thriller that it was.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Veteran actor Courtney B Vance acquits himself well in a limited role as a cop, and David Koechner, as the typically clueless office manager, gets a few hardy laughs.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • There are at least as many laughs as there are scares, such as when one poor victim has his face caved in by a stone Buddha, or when a gymnast fumbles on a difficult dismount, landing like a pretzel.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Warner/New Line's teenager-fatality saga 'Final Destination 5' hit theares in US on August 12.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • 'Final Destination 5' is opening in 3,155 theaters, most of them 3D-equipped.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Steven Quale, who learned the 3D filmmaking craft under James Cameron himself (he was the visual effects supervisor on 'Avatar'), directed the R-rated film.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • The film was shot on a budget of $ 42 million in Vancouver.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • With the death scenes in the fourth movie rendering the suspension-of-belief bridge for many moviegoers a bit unstable, Perry said the producers closely studied the initial films of the franchise in an effort to better ground the next sequel.
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around
  • Friday release: 'Final Destination 5' cheats death fifth time around