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. â€œWe tried on the fourth movie to offer the best we can do, and it didnâ€™t go well, but with this movie I think we did it rightâ€ Director Steven Quale says. â€œIn the previous â€˜Final Destinationâ€™ films, itâ€™s inevitable that theyâ€˜re going to die, and the question is when and how â€“ thatâ€™sÂ the adrenaline rush. But in this movie, weâ€™ve added a twist: a few may have found a way to survive.â€
For producer Craig Perry, the opportunity to come back for a fifth time offered a chance to not only meet the fansâ€™ expectations, but to rock them out of their seats. â€œWeâ€™re always looking at these films with an eye to taking it to the next level,â€ Perry says. â€œOne of the things weâ€™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.â€
Having worked with the 3D pioneer and grand master James Cameron, Steve Quale is no stranger to the technology. â€œSteve has forgotten more about 3D than Iâ€™ll ever know,â€ Perry suggests. â€œHe 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.â€
With the seriesâ€™ 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. â€œThe 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 writeâ€ screenwriter Eric Heisserer says on working on Final Destination 5.
Filming in 3D is not an easy task as the cast said. Miles Fisher (TVâ€™s â€œMad Menâ€ and â€œGossip Girlâ€) who played Peter in the movie agrees â€œQuale 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.â€
Preparing and shooting for their scenes are not so easy either. â€œWhat you see is what you get.â€ Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Olivia Castle) said â€œShooting 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.â€ Emma Bell (Molly), and intern and gymnast in the movie said, â€œI used to be a gymnast, and have to go back to training for this film for eight to ten weeks.â€
Nicholas Dâ€™ Agosto who plays Sam in the movie finds inspiration from the previous installments, especially the first, while preparing for his role. â€œI 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.â€
Also circling in the background of each crime scene is the mysterious Bludworth, played by seriesâ€™ iconic Tony Todd. Talking about his recurring role in the series, Todd asked â€œWho is Bludworth? You tell me. Maybe heâ€™s a representative or a sales agent of some sort. He has his own secrets that he canâ€™t revealâ€¦ but I guess thereâ€™s a reason he keeps showing up.â€
Steven Quale is excited to be able to bring â€œFinal Destination 5â€ 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. â€œI 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 â€˜Final Destinationâ€™ movie, and incredible and totally unexpected twists they wonâ€™t see coming. Itâ€™s a major adrenaline rush.â€
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.