I was actually a fan of the original “Final Destination” and I even enjoyed the first sequel. After that the series went on with almost exploitive fun that relied mostly on the death scenes, had no-name performers and they even added some sex and nudity with more hotties in the film. Don’t get me wrong, I still rented the movies but I was relieved that the 3rd sequel may have been the last with the title “The Final Destination”. Little did we know that it was all a set up for a punch line by the filmmakers to come up with another snooze-fest called “Final Destination 5”.
Honestly, this series had lost a lot of its charm after the original film, but that does not stop the producers into taking us into the lives some other people in a bus en route to a company retreat. Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition about the bridge they are on would collapse. Scared shitless, He immediately persuades his girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) to leave the bus as his friend Peter (Miles Fisher) his girlfriend Candice, and their other friend Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) following right behind. The scene also made some four more co-workers end up following them as the bridge does collapse causing the deaths of those on it…they seem to have cheated death, and now you know they are going to go one-by-one….
Once you’ve seen the first 4 films, you already know where it is headed. One by one, the survivors of the collapse will die, leaving the last two or three survivors trying to figure out what to do. I read that writer Eric Heisserer (who also gave us the “Nightmare on Elm Street” 2010 remake) wasn’t too satisfied with the way the third sequel ended, so together with director Steven Quale, they try to introduce some new rules and added new dimensions to the franchise. The two filmmakers try to wrap things up with a surprise twist that telegraphs its face early on in the film (pay attention to the backgrounds and cell phones). Yes, this sequel is more like a prequel to the series, and it does try to add some fresh thinking into the screenplay but not by much. It answers nothing and asks more questions, I suppose having Death as a slasher film is way over the means of explanation.
Yeah-yeah. This is a play by play film whose central focus and star would be the death scenes. I was surprised that as with “Final Destination” chapter 3 and four, this film did not have any nudity or sex. It was all lovey-dovey emotional (you’ll know why by the end credits). The kill scenes were alright, but none of them were as creatively staged as with the past 4 films. Gymnastic bars, Lasik eye surgery, work accidents are all routinely staged with little surpises. I know it may because of the fact that I’ve gotten jaded with the series, but even with the blood and gore, it wasn’t exactly fun. I know it sounds twisted to judge a movie by its death scenes, but it all seemed ‘the usual’, and save for some twists, the way the deaths were executed wasn’t very surprising or even creative. I guess it was because the bad acting really didn't make me invested in the characters. I feel that this film series had just overstayed its welcome. I cannot believe that I am saying this--I was ‘bored to death’ with the film (no pun intended).
The characters were given some added depth as the film tries to establish some new rules that may save them from death. They are all set to die or survive by the last few minutes in the film. However, the delivery of those scenes appear to be forced and I was not able to connect with what was going on. The acting felt real mechanical that I felt the performers were reading their dialogue from behind the camera via cue cards. Ok, I know, the last two sequels did not have even a bit of good acting but at least number four had sexy Shantel VanSanten who is a definite looker.
I suppose this new sequel tries to be more like the original as it is sort of a prequel. It tries to limit certain areas of exploitation in the last two films, and tries to be more of a horror film. Which was too bad, since in doing so, it ends up being the same old boring thing and is totally unnecessary. The original was effective since it was a fresh idea that could only be used once (maybe twice); try milking it for everything it is worth, one needs to be much bolder than any of the films or it should be able to introduce fresher ideas. On this, this film fails miserably. Well, “Final Destination 5” should really be the last one--but I would not bet on it.
Rental for fans of the franchise and a SKIP It! for Everybody Else [1 ½ Out of 5 Stars]
*** out of **** As "Final Destination 5" begins, so does the opening titles credits sequence; which is probably one of the coolest I've seen not only out of the entire 5-film series, but also out of any modern horror flick at all. It's the sort of radical, charged, energetic work of high-power technology that gets my blood pumping for the rest of the picture to come; and fortunately, all that built up anticipation was not for nothing. There's plenty more to the picture than … more
Star Rating: If you haven’t seen any film in the Final Destination franchise, you’re in luck. Go buy a ticket for Final Destination 5, watch the entire film, and then stay for the start of the end credits. At that point, you will be treated to a montage of just about every death scene in each of the previous four films – every single death scene projected up on the screen in all their blood-soaked, painful, laughably preposterous glory. And … more
15 - 92mins - Horror/Thriller - 26th August 2011 The first Final Destination (the one with the plane) was a very original piece of work that had most of us enjoying some horror and gore in a novel and new way. By the time the second came out (the motorway pile up) in 2003 it could still be classed as a popcorn movie but they really raised the ingenuity of the death scenes making it a reasonable way to waste an hour and a half. By number 3 (roller coaster) and 4 (Nascar) I … more