By Mico Roan
Final Destination is back. The 5th movie of the franchise, 2nd one to be shot in 3D, stays true to its origin with a twist. The producers and director who helms this film tries to reboot the franchise after a dismal reaction from the last installment. “We tried on the fourth movie to offer the best we can do, and it didn’t go well, but with this movie I think we did it right” Director Steven Quale says. “In the previous ‘Final Destination’ films, it’s inevitable that they‘re going to die, and the question is when and how – that’s the adrenaline rush. But in this movie, we’ve added a twist: a few may have found a way to survive.”
For producer Craig Perry, the opportunity to come back for a fifth time offered a chance to not only meet the fans’ expectations, but to rock them out of their seats. “We’re always looking at these films with an eye to taking it to the next level,” Perry says. “One of the things we’ve learned from fans is that they want a gripping, terrifying story that is also an entertaining ride, so we really tried to ramp it up.”
Having worked with the 3D pioneer and grand master James Cameron, Steve Quale is no stranger to the technology. “Steve has forgotten more about 3D than I’ll ever know,” Perry suggests. “He also genuinely loves movies and has real passion that, married with his technical expertise, made him pretty much the perfect candidate for what we were trying to do here.”
With the series’ signature chain reaction-style kills always at the center of anticipation for audiences, the scenes have to be bigger and better each time, presenting a fun challenge for the writer. “The toughest thing for me was definitely choreographing the death sequences. The chain of small, mundane events that, when triggered in proper order, spell disaster for a character, took a lot of careful planning. The flip side of that coin is that , when a death sequence worked, it was easily the most fun to write” screenwriter Eric Heisserer says on working on Final Destination 5.
Filming in 3D is not an easy task as the cast said. Miles Fisher (TV’s “Mad Men” and “Gossip Girl”) who played Peter in the movie agrees “Quale is an extraordinary director especially in 3D. It is very specific. I spent half of the time hanging in the bridge, after ten shots we finally get it. But the director said that we have to do it again just because a strand of my hair is sticking out the shot.”
Preparing and shooting for their scenes are not so easy either. “What you see is what you get.” Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Olivia Castle) said “Shooting the eye laser surgery from 6 pm to 9 in the morning every day, they have to numb my eye every time, put a speculum and a contact in my eye.” Emma Bell (Molly), and intern and gymnast in the movie said, “I used to be a gymnast, and have to go back to training for this film for eight to ten weeks.”
Nicholas D’ Agosto who plays Sam in the movie finds inspiration from the previous installments, especially the first, while preparing for his role. “I absolutely watched Devon (Sawa). I think he did a great job in the first film. I really wanted to try bringing the proactive element that Devon has.”
Also circling in the background of each crime scene is the mysterious Bludworth, played by series’ iconic Tony Todd. Talking about his recurring role in the series, Todd asked “Who is Bludworth? You tell me. Maybe he’s a representative or a sales agent of some sort. He has his own secrets that he can’t reveal… but I guess there’s a reason he keeps showing up.”
Steven Quale is excited to be able to bring “Final Destination 5” to life on the big screen and in 3D, and is confident the legions of fans will be rewarded for their loyalty to the franchise. “I think they are going to eat this up, because it delivers everything that makes this great horror/thriller movie that have ever been conceived for a ‘Final Destination’ movie, and incredible and totally unexpected twists they won’t see coming. It’s a major adrenaline rush.”
Final Destination 5 is out in theaters August 12, 2011 and has been rated R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.