Those who enjoy watching good look teenagers die in horrific, yet creative, ways will probably be pleased to hear that there has been yet another release in the blood-splattering franchise. Let’s face it, if you’re going to see Final Destination 5 it’s probably because you know what to expect. And that’s certainly fair enough, as long you aren’t expecting anything remarkably original. After 11 years Final Destination 2 still remains the high point of the series, and everything after that sadly feels like déjà vu.
PLOT: Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there’s no way you can cheat Death.
DIRECTOR: Steven Quale
GENRE: Supernatural Horror
AGE RESTRICTION: 16 (Violence, Language)
CAST: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell and Arlen Escarpeta
Death is back to his old tricks in the supernatural horror FD5 (Final Destination 5). It’s the usual formula. Bored with giving people more natural ways to die (like heart failure, cancer, disease or sickness), Death instead targets a group of youngsters on their way to a company retreat. When the group become the only survivors of a bridge wreckage, thanks to a premonition that our lead receives, they are all added to Death’s most wanted list. In a terrible race against time the doomed youngsters, who are being killed off one by one in some of the most horrible ways possible, frantically try to discover ways to escape the clutches of Death’s hand. While it’s the same premise as before a few new elements are added into the mix. One new idea involves the option of killing someone, in a life for life exchange with Death. There is also a new creepy and mysterious undertaker, who knows a little more than he lets on. Sadly his importance is never really mentioned in the story.
FD5 is certainly not a movie to be taken seriously. It involves a predictable story, laughable characters, and gory violence. While special effects have improved over the years, now even making its way to 3D, the stories have gone from cardboard to paper thin. FD5 aims to bring new life to the series, but fails dismally.
New generation horror junkies might find this sort of thing entertaining, but seasoned viewers will feel like you’ve been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Death’s most creative kill in the movie involves a gymnast and a metal screw. Probably not meant to provoke laughter, but I’m sorry, it’s the highlight of the movie!