Final Destination 5
Final Destination 5
Review By: Sean Stroub
Apparently “Death” will stop at nothing no matter the circumstances and neither will those behind the Final Destination movies. After incorporating “The” in front of the title for the fourth installment instead of just following it with the number, I figured that would be the final Final Destination. But lo and behold, there’s room for one more. At first I thought “Oh brother, another one?” but I simply cannot lie…I actually enjoyed the fifth film. It’s certainly not groundbreaking or anything, but there’s some entertainment value and the series comes full circle resulting in (hopefully) the last film in the horror franchise allowing it to go out with a bang.
As we’ve seen before, the movie follows a group of young adults and this time they’re all coworkers. The main character is Sam Lawton, played by Nicholas D’Agosto from Fired Up, a guy who dreams of being a chef, but for now is stuck in a lame sales position working for his friend Peter (Miles Fisher) and a higher-up boss named Dennis, played by David Koechner in an altered version of his Office character Todd Packer. Soon enough, however, his career will be the least of his problems. He and his company are about to head out on a corporate retreat. As their bus slowly drives onto a bridge that’s under construction, Sam has the classic premonition. He sees the suspension bridge collapse in a scene that is actually visually breathtaking. It gets gross, but it’s cool for a minute. Throughout the entire vision, we see most of the characters die. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see it in 3D as it was intended to be seen because it’s not on 3D Blu-ray and I don’t have that kind of TV anyway, but you can tell that each death was acted out in a way that’s meant to jump right at you and make you completely freak out.
So each person on the bus dies except for Sam’s soon-to-be ex-girlfriend, Molly (Emma Bell of The Walking Dead), but this doesn’t stop everyone from freaking out when they eventually discover their fate. Sam has his panic attack and gets most of his coworkers off the bus. The scene in which the bridge collapses in the premonition lasts about 10 minutes, but when they escape and watch it happen in real life, it’s much shorter. A little mistake, but come on, it’s a Final Destination movie. Now they’re all grateful to be alive until they start dying one by one in the order that Sam witnessed in his vision.
Once again, Tony Todd is there as the Coroner to explain all the craziness about Death feeling cheated and needing to hunt down those who should have been brutally killed. It’s all as silly as you’d expect. You’ll certainly laugh during some parts, but you’ll also find yourself cringing in
The best part, however, is the rule stating that if one who should have died kills a stranger, he or she will take over that person’s lifespan. As foolish as it sounds, this creates a dark turn in some of the characters, making this very interesting when all you’d expect is one-dimensional dumb teens getting randomly capped off when they should just be hiding in their houses without moving. As Sam says though, “We can’t live our lives in fear.” That attitude still won’t do them much good, but who cares at this point?
FD5 alludes to some of the old movies like when a truck carrying a bunch of logs drives by like in the second film, and the ending makes the whole thing worth it if you’ve ever cared about any of its predecessors. And if you’ve really liked the previous films, you’ll love the bonus content on this Blu-ray collection. It has the Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy versions so you can watch it anywhere and if experiencing all of that death wasn’t enough, there are plenty of special features to keep you coming back for more. They’re not exactly special to the average DVD collector, but they’re perfect for fans of the franchise. Alternate death scenes, visual effects of death in which they portray both the collapsing bridge and airplane crash, and the circle of death feature. It’s all about death. That’s all. Nothing too original but hey, if you want to see even more ways that one can be impaled by something sharp, then look no further.
Trust me, I wanted to hate this film because the Final Destination trailers alone make me sick, but I found myself squirming, laughing, and thoroughly enjoying what was on screen. It’s nothing original, but you won’t mind. Then again, I’m starting to mind a little now because I just heard a pot on my dish drying rack move a bit and clang into a plate and I’m worried it’ll trigger a chain of events resulting in something in my apartment crushing my skull. Oh well, I guess that’s the price you have to pay for a little scary entertainment.