Final Destination has become a franchise that’s gained a reputation for its death scenes more than anything else. If you’re expecting a film that does more than string some efficient and gory kills together with a ropey story then you’re out of luck. If not then Final Destination 5 satisfies in offering a fun experience.
The basic premise is exactly the same as its predecessors; Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) experiences a premonition that involves a catastrophic failure of a suspension bridge. He alerts his work colleagues to the imminent danger and they survive the ensuing carnage. In doing so he and his workmates have cheated death and death wants the lives it’s owed.
The characters are cannon fodder for the film’s ample kills…
It’s a very simple premise to the point where it could exist as a compilation of moments that were stitched together on YouTube but the film commits to it, inflicting all manner of unfortunate fates on its victims. The characters here are more caricatures; cannon fodder for the film’s ample kills which means that the acting is predictably dour.
The franchise has reached the point where it’s not so much a full-on tense horror (even though it’s full of horrific moments) but more a groan-inducing mix of comedy and horror. But its straightforward approach means it’s streamlined with the focus on wringing as much as it can from its numerous set pieces. The bridge collapse is a standout and although the 3D is present, its most effective use is restricted to the opening credits.
Final Destination 5 is a crowd pleaser so long as you don’t expect too much from it.
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