I Watched All 5 Final Destination Movies in 5 Days

Dude it was awesome.

The Final Destination Franchise is one of my most beloved in all of cinema. Without going into too much detail (because you can find out more on the wikipedia page or the fan wiki page) the movie series deals with people that were supposed to die in gruesome accidents, but through luck, fortune, or intervention they are able to escape death; however, Death has a plan and the people that “escaped” die in strange accidents, but various characters are somewhat aware of Death’s plan.

The first movie was supposed to be an X-Files episode, but it turned out to be too good/big of an idea and was made into a movie, which obviously spawned 4 sequels.

I watched all of the movies and reviewed each one, here is what I thought. There are some spoilers, but you will have to select the text to see them.

Final Destination (2000)

My Take: I remember seeing this flick in the cinema and 20 years later it is just as good; in fact, in a lot of ways it is better, because it blows most contemporary horror flicks away. The concept of the film is introduced in a coherent and easily-digestible manner; but what really stands out is the competent writing, lack of plot holes, and general quality of story. The creativity, direction, and effects related to the various deaths are of the highest quality and have an over-the-top aspect that really elicits a response.

I have seen this movie several times and each time I do I manage to appreciate something new. I can see myself watching this again in the future, which is good, since I bought the DVDs (yeah, I guess I am old-school; or maybe just old, but I still buy physical media on occasion…)

Defining Scene: (highlight text to uncover spoilers) the scene in which Todd is killed in the bathroom is easily my favourite scene. It is hard for something like the bus impact to be overtaken, but the bathroom kill is just too real. I can imagine myself (and actually did when I watched this) in Todd’s situation as he slips on the wet tile floor and somehow gets wrapped up in (the very hotel-styled) drying cord in the shower. Even the way he struggles to stand up in the tub with the bottom slick with shampoo, it is totally believable.

Ratings:
IMDB6.7/10
rottentomatoes35% Critics; 68% Viewers
– my rating – 10/10

Bottom Line: Wow, the critics were really wrong here, this movie is a perfect 10.

Final Destination 2 (2003)

My Take: For me, the only thing that makes this movie somewhat less than the first in the series is that it is a sequel. If this had been the inaugural in the series (and with a few changes to the lore, it could easily be switched with the first) it would easily be the superior film. Even as a sequel, it is truly excellent and lives up to the first. The only thing I don’t like about it is Ali Larter’s character’s (Clear Rivers) new haircut, and that is a very insignificant complaint.

The same intelligent writing and competent storytelling is present in this film, albeit with a slightly different take with a different director. This film trades a bit of music quality for some more interesting camerawork, but that can boil down to to preference as to which is better. This is a really fantastic flick and I can’t recommend it enough! …especially when viewed shortly after the first!

Defining Scene: (highlight text to uncover spoilers) I was really drawn between picking the main accident scene on the freeway and what I ended up selecting. Before I get to my selection, I want to note that the car accident scene is amazing, the CGI blends in with the practical effects very well and the sheer gruesomeness is only matched by the attention to detail and creativity, a truly excellent scene. My pick; however, is the very final scene when the teenager is blown up at the barbecue and his flaming, severed arm lands on his mother’s plate – it is, for me, the perfect black humour element, and suitably grim.

Ratings:
IMDB6.2/10
rottentomatoes48% Critics; 58% Viewers
– my rating – 10/10

Bottom Line: Yeah, I don’t know how the ratings are so low, this film was awesome!

Final Destination 3 (2006)

My Take: I will admit that this is the first in the series that starts to drift a little ways away from the core vision of the first two. I don’t want to give the impression that this is a bad movie, it totally isn’t, but it lacks the same feeling that the first two had.

The effects, creativity, and writing are all still excellent; however, there is some small piece of feeling that I can’t quite describe that this film lacks. What this film doesn’t lack is excellent music direction as the director of the first film returns, but at the same time, a lot of the shots are a bit more soap opera style – perhaps that is what is changed in this entry, there is a bigger focus on the interactions of the characters, rather than the subject of their interactions (death).

Defining Scene: (highlight text to uncover spoilers) I know it seems like I am harvesting the low-hanging fruit, but the scene in the tanning salon where the two airhead friends burn to death (and of course, all of the less-clothed moments before their deaths) is easily my favourite. There are other deaths that are more brutal (looking at you nailgun massacre) but the tanning salon scene combines all cinematic elements together in a truly fantastic manner.

Ratings:
IMDB5.8/10
rottentomatoes43% Critics; 57% Viewers
– my rating – 8/10

Bottom Line: Anyone that would rate this 43% should be imprisoned for life.

The Final Destination (2009)

My Take: Alright, here it is right out at the start: this movie is not as good as the previous three. This was made in the time when 3D was having a resurgence and the movie focuses a little too much on that technology. There are big gaps in the quality of scenes and their execution. There is still a lot of creativity in each of the scenes, but the quality is noticeably lower in almost every aspect.

As far as story elements are concerned, the general writing is in step with the previous three movies, but there are fewer connections (and those that exist are really added on) and to me, it is clear that the writers had recently viewed the previous three and left out a lot of exposition. My position isn’t that more exposition is better, but there really good balance of mystery and exposition, and this flick just leaves a lot of connections that need tying up hanging in the wind.

Defining Scene: (highlight text to uncover spoilers) I am going to be honest here, there aren’t too many scenes competing for this honour; I have to give it to the tow-truck driver’s face landing on the front lawn, it made me chuckle.

Ratings:
IMDB5.2/10
rottentomatoes28% Critics; 35% Viewers
– my rating – 6/10

Bottom Line: Okay, okay! It doesn’t live up to the name… 😦

Final Destination 5 (2011)

My Take: Yes! I am so happy that this movie didn’t continue the downward spiral that the previous entry in the series was on. I will admit that this movie is not as good as the first two installments (or even the third) but it is a definite “return to form” which was very, very welcome.

Where this movie really suffers is in the precognition aspect – the premonitions are staid and it seems like there are no subtle warnings, only large, intricate ones, which is a little too simplified for my tastes. The music in this entry is geared more towards commercial/popular rather than atmospheric, which is not a bright note. The camerawork and direction is acceptable, but nothing really interesting. The effects are better than the fourth installment (not hard) but aren’t quite as good as the first entries. There is still a great deal of creativity in the actual scenes, which made me smile.

Defining Scene: (highlight text to uncover spoilers) I was really surprised that the movie ended up being a prequel, and that was really well done. At first the lack of references to flight 180 (which had become a standard) bothered me, but those bothers were eliminated by the ending. Despite that feeling, my actual defining moment was seeing Champ Kind getting horrendously covered in boiling-hot asphalt – I could imagine myself in that situation and it was absolutely terrifying for me, it was grotesque and intense, an excellent scene.

Ratings:
IMDB5.8/10
rottentomatoes62% Critics; 52% Viewers
– my rating – 8/10

Bottom Line: Welcome back! This is a great entry for the series.

Well, enjoyed all of the movies, but I do have my preferences, and here they are, in list form, ordered from most favourite to least favourite:

  1. Final Destination 2
  2. Final Destination
  3. Final Destination 3
  4. Final Destination 5
  5. The Final Destination

Be sure to vote in the poll below and leave a comment with your thoughts!


All movie posters from IMDB.
Poster collage from FD Wiki.

Barfi (2012)… A movie review!

Once again, I am here to tell you about another fantastic Hindi movie.

Ranbir Kapoor as Barfi
Barfi (2012)

About

Barfi, is a movie about a man who cannot speak or hear, who falls in love through a series of unfortunate events, with an autistic girl. This movie transitions from one love to another and is a compelling story.


Reaction

It made me laugh, and cheer, I was truly blown away by how well this movie came together.

I have a love for Hindi movies, this is true, but that love comes from movies like this. Genuinely heartfelt, good movies. The acting, despite lack of true vocal communication from the two main characters is undeniably good. You know and understand everything that is happening via narrative and body language. It superbly done.


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Barfi
What a beautiful movie

Starring Cast

Priyanka Chopra (Jonas) plays an autistic girl, and well, she does it flawlessly. Ranbir Kapoor plays Barfi, and their on screen chemistry is simply undeniable.

Turn back time!

While this movie is from 2012, I want them to go back in time at the Oscars, and award this movie. Because it was truly Oscar worthy. Now I know Bollywood movies don’t really get considered for North American awards very often, but this movie should of been considered, if not win. It is a true gem.

Rating

I don’t even want to give this movie a rating because I feel as that would insult it. So 20/10 it is, you read that right. It’s just that good.

Chhapaak (2020) A movie Review…

Chhapaak is a movie about Acid Attacks in India, this is a drama film directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar in collaboration with Fox Star Studios. This movie is well, horrifying, beautiful, tragic, and masterful. Deepika Padukone is simply amazing in this role.


At the time of my review, this was the current Rotten Tomatoes score!

To say that this movie is about Acid Attacks understates the whole premise of this movie, as this movie acts as a way to draw attention to the on-going issue that plagues India. Acid, despite being recently ruled a controlled chemical in India, is still actively sold and is largely unregulated.

The description from IMDB is as follows:

The trials and triumphs of Malti, an acid attack survivor. From the investigation of the attack to the court proceedings, the medical treatment to the emotional healing. Chhapaak is the story of the unquashable human spirit.

–IMDB


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This movie touched me, and as you all know, if you have read my previous posts about Bollywood movies, I have a soft spot for them. This movie is superbly done, and I have to commend all those involved in making this movie. This is drawing attention towards something that should not happen in civilized society. And as this is based on a true story, it is even more important that they use this calibre of actors/actresses to bring forth this issue.

Deepika Padukone is amazing, and I cannot stress that enough. Having seen this movie a few times now, and each time it hits me in the feels, in all the right ways. I cannot express my love for this movie enough.

Sickening numbers of acid attacks

As you can see, acid attacks are something of a bad thing. And these are only the reported attacks, there is most likely, many that go unreported due to acid killing people. Not that I am trying to turn this review of this gorgeous movie into a political statement, but, it sorta is a political statement, that change is required.

More often than not, these attacks are by men, against women, and usually because those men cannot have that woman, so he will ‘ruin’ her for all other men. It is a sickening thing. But I digress, lets get back to the movie shall we?


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Official Trailer:

Title Track:

Both the title track, and video require you to open them in a new window due to copyright stuff by the copyright holder, sorry for any inconvenience. But we highly recommend you look them up on the YouTubes and see for yourself.


In tradition of my previous posts with regards to movie reviews, I will not go into any more details, but I hope that I have provided enough for you, the reader, to want to see this movie. It is truly worth it. I give this a 9.5 out of 10. It is one of my favourites.

What did you think of it? Drop a comment down below!

Check out this movie review by SimmyDizzle!!

Black Widow Trailer…

So the Black Widow trailer dropped the other day, and I have been left wondering if I should say something about it, obviously by this post, I am saying something.

This is probably one of the most interesting developments from Marvel Studios, and I am excited to see what this movie does with the story arch of Black Widow. If you haven’t seen Avengers: End Game I won’t spoil the movie for you, but there was a development in her character arch that is quite interesting. So to have a movie come out about her, which notably is a prequel (no spoilers, it is advertised as such), makes me interested in what they intend to do going forward.


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Will it be partially a prequel? Will there be more? The voice of Scarlett talking during the trailer leaves an ominous tone and that is a very desireable effect considering what has transpired.

I want to know what happened and I am excited for 2020 to roll around so I can see this movie. I know it’ll still be a wait for the movie, but my body is ready and I have to say, this has me thinking a lot of different things right now and I want to know what will come true. The inner nerd in me is screaming for stuff from her comics, like an arch of her stories from before the avengers. Which I think we will get a small part of based on what I see in the trailer.

However that being said I want more, I want to know if this movie will be a one-off movie, or if it will be the first of many that take place before the events of The Avengers.

Only time will tell…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle… A Movie Review…

Growing up I got to watch Robin Williams in a barrage of hilarious movies, including the one and only Jumanji. At least, it used to be one and only, the follow-up movie takes place some years after the end of Robin Williams‘s Jumanji.

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The movie has a new spin on it, the board-game has been found again, but this time, the magic of the board has turned it into a video game, which when played, sucks the players into the game-console, where they must save the day to escape Jumanji.

This is a beautiful cast of characters and a well thought story. When I went into this movie I didn’t think it would be able to do justice to the original, nothing would be able to compare to Robin Williams. I was so, very, wrong.


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This movie combines the acting of several actors skills together in the most amazing way, while The Rock isn’t the best actor in my opinion, he is however an amazing person for this role of the hero. Kevin Hart is also absolutely hilarious in this movie, which is pretty standard for Kevin Hart. Additionally we have Jack Black who just nails the role so perfectly. And finally, to finish off with the female role, we have Karen Gillan, who did amazingly well.

I don’t like doin’ spoilers, so I won’t post more about the story than I already have, but I will say this, the way these actors all worked together, truly showcased their talents; of which they all have different talents. This made me realize something about acting, that it may not always be the skill of the actor, but the role that truly defines them. A bad role on a good actor will make the actor look bad, in my humble opinion. This movie played to their strengths and did such an amazing job with the story of Jumanji that I have since watched this move about 10 times.

I give this movie a solid 9 out of 10. I don’t care what other people rated it, personally, this was a great movie. Don’t go into it to compare it to Robin Williams like I did, because I have to tell you, that made me go in with a bad feeling, and a bad mood. It did me wrong, and did the movie wrong by comparing.

It was simply amazing, give it a go if you have not seen it!