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Final Destination 5 (2011)

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Death returns to claim the lucky survivors of a deadly bridge collapse in this fifth frightening installment in the series.

Director:

Steven Quale

Writers:

Eric Heisserer, Jeffrey Reddick (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas D'Agosto ... Sam
Emma Bell ... Molly
Miles Fisher ... Peter Friedkin
Ellen Wroe ... Candice Hooper
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood ... Olivia Castle
P.J. Byrne ... Isaac
Arlen Escarpeta ... Nathan
David Koechner ... Dennis
Courtney B. Vance ... Agent Block
Tony Todd ... Bludworth
Brent Stait ... Roy
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ... John
Jasmin Dring Jasmin Dring ... Cho
Barclay Hope ... Dr. Leonetti
Chasty Ballesteros ... Spa Receptionist
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Storyline

While on a business retreat, Sam has a premonition that he, his co-workers, boss, and several other people will die in a horrific bridge collapse. When his premonition ends, he tries to make everyone get off the bus. Only some of his co-workers, along with his boss, leave. Shortly after, the bridge collapses. Everyone thinks that they are safe until the survivors start dying. It is now up to Sam to try to find a way to prevent anyone else from dying before it is too late. Written by Rebekah Swain

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language | See all certifications »

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(at around 43 mins) The Asian masseuse spoke in Cantonese, the main Chinese dialect spoken in Hong Kong. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) In the premonition, the bus falls into the water before the bridge collapses, but, in reality, the bus can be seen falling with the entire bridge, at the same time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Peter Friedkin: Hey, Sam. When I said would you mind if you puttin' breakfast together for the retreat, I mean, like, some stale donuts, some coffee. But this is amazing.
Sam: Thanks, man. Just remember that when you see my sales report for last month.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show various objects smashing through glass panels, such as kitchen knives, fire escape ladder, logs, coaster pieces, etc. which are reference to all the deaths from the first four films. See more »


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Girl on the Run
Written by Louise Kahn, Idan Grife and Syvan Meller
Performed by Terry Poison
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
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The Best Sequel Yet!
12 August 2011 | by cadillac20See all my reviews

Most likely, you're not reading this unless you're a fan and already plan to see the film. And if you are, then know that my review is based on my fandom and in relation to the series itself. Therefore, it will be in the context of horror films, slasher films, and more importantly, the series itself. With that out of the way, who would have though the fifth film would be the one. Ever since the original, the series has sort of meandered around, trying to recapture the initial wonder of death playing the part of a slasher and killing off a group of people.

Yes, Final Destination 5 is truly the best sequel since the first. There hasn't been this much tension and creativity since the original, and practically every scene is filled with an uncomfortable level of anxiety. This is what the film has truly been missing, whether spoiled by the trailers before it or just a lack of creativity. For the most part, Final Destination 3 and 4 (TFD) lacked the necessary level of creativity and menace that was present in the first film, and even in the second. However, we have plenty of that here and a few nice twists as well. While the kills are also pretty ridiculous, most are plausible and, unlike TFD, should please fans with their level of gore and brutality.

The filmmaking qualities here reach above the standard the film has set. It looks great, with plenty of swift and enticing editing that will make your skin crawl with anticipation. The acting, while still not of any award winning caliber, or even really all that great, is decent enough here. The portrayals are more realistic this time around. While the film had though to settle into the I-found-the-answers-on-the-internet routine, here we have a smooth flow in which characters sort of lose their mind trying to figure things out. And while some might have called the main couple's relationship cringe worthy, I actually found it to be quite well played out as the couple has real issues they work through on top of everything that's going on. Suffice to say, it's nice to see the FD series making better attempts at developing it's characters. Still not great, but better.

With that said, this is Final Destination, and problems persist. Despite better attempts at character development, the majority still play fodder for death's machinations. Sure, we learn a little about them, but it's not any more than the bare minimum: this guys a jerk, that girls wild, etc etc. There is also one kill, in particular, that, while brutal, defies logic. Sure, it's FD, but there is a certain point of ridiculousness where the line is drawn. The characters trying to figure out what's going on is also getting old. There's certainly a reason here, which I won't spoil, why our characters don't know about what is happening in the same way characters from previous films know. But this leads to the problem of it being explained too quickly. This might contradict what I said above, but what I mean is that Tony Todd's character if far too quick to reveal information and the new twist. In comparison to FD1, where things had a slow, natural pacing, here we get a couple death scenes, and explanation, and then more death scenes. The progression is better, but still not as good as the first two films.

Fans will truly enjoy this solid sequel. There are a couple twists, and the final scene will blow everyone away. It's beyond what you would expect, and very nearly worth seeing the film alone. But with a handful of creative and brutal twists and a decently put together film, this should certainly warrant a decent box office and, maybe unfortunately, another sequel or two.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5nal Destination See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,031,396, 14 August 2011

Gross USA:

$42,587,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,887,643
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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