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7/10
Kill or be killed
TheLittleSongbird6 December 2017
While it was not a great or perfect film (particularly in the dialogue, ending and some of the acting), the first 'Final Destination' was entertaining and effective (especially with its terrific opening plane sequence and the creative deaths) with a fascinating idea done well.

The bigger and bolder 'Final Destination 2' had its flaws but was just as good and perhaps the best of the four sequels. 'Final Destination 3' is just as big and bold, as well as gorier, and is also as good. 'The Final Destination' was however a big disappointment, easily the series' worst and to me the only bad film in the series. After wearing off and becoming stale in 'The Final Destination', despite the more of the same structure, 'Final Destination 5' shows the novelty returning and being refreshed and refined. It's as good as the previous three and a huge improvement over 'The Final Destination'.

'Final Destination 5' isn't perfect. The down-time and exposition between the deaths is turgid and clumsily written, saying very little interesting.

Characters are as shallow as to be expected, the dialogue is just as flimsy and the effects look pretty cheap.

However, the opening bridge scene is spectacular and perhaps the best opening of the series. The ending is also the series' cleverest, the only truly shocking one and the least illogical and contrived. The story has more time to develop and while it uses the time it does it in a way that makes everything as tight as possible. Really enjoyed the interesting new plot rule that allows the tension and thrills to register strongly.

Standing out in particular are the deaths. They are very scary, very inventive in terms of being bold and elaborate and surprisingly witty. They are also quite gory, but not gratuitously so or in a way where it's overused and abused. The laser-eye surgery and acupuncture ones are especially well done.

Visually, 'Final Destination 5' is atmospheric and stylish. The music is suitably eerie and the direction shows a grasp and understanding of the genre and the ability to breathe life and freshness to a formula that should have been fatigued by now. In the acting stakes, it fares favourably too.

On the whole, good fun. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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A Step Up from the Previous Film
Michael_Elliott27 August 2011
Final Destination 5 (2011)

** (out of 4)

Obviously THE FINAL DESTINATION wasn't the last in the series as here we are with number five. As usual, a man envisions that the bridge he and his co-workers are on is about to collapse so this vision gets them out of harms way. They survive the ordeal but sure enough Death is lurking around the corner and they start to drop like flies. I remember walking out of the fourth film thanking God that it was the final one and I swore that I'd never see another one considering how awful the film was. Well, I lied to myself and went back for the latest installment and it turned out to be a decent little horror film as long as you don't expect anything more than a lot of brutal death scenes. I opted to see the film in 3-D and I'm glad I did as the effects are really put to good use (unlike the previous one). The death scenes, for the most part, are pretty impressive with all sorts of damage being done from a laser to the eye to needles through the body and we even get a very violent gunshot. The death scenes really aren't as outlandish as some in the series but this really didn't hurt things because the 3-D effects really push many of them over the edge. The destruction of the bridge was a pretty good sequence that managed to have a nice little bit of suspense and the deaths here are quite violent. At times the film uses the deaths for some laughs but at other times they just try and deliver shock value. Just take a look at the two final deaths on the bridge as they are extremely graphic and they way they used the 3-D was very effective. Also, I won't spoil the first "death" of the survivors but pay close attention to how well it plays out because they lead you down on path before pulling the rug out from you and delivering a good shock. FINAL DESTINATION 5 suffers in terms of some of the entertainment because none of the leading characters are all that interesting so it's hard to care for any of them. The love story between the two main people is laughably bad and it really pulls the film down. The performances are all rather bland as well with the exception being Courtney B. Vance and Tony Todd. These two vets deliver a nice performance with Todd once again using that great voice to a perfect effect. Who knows if this will be the final film in the series and while it's not perfect I think fans can at least be thankful that THE FINAL DESTINATION wasn't the last so that at least we could end on a better note.
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8/10
Wonderful 3D in a inventive final sequel
Leofwine_draca8 September 2011
The latest - and last - in the 'shock death' horror series. Although THE FINAL DESTINATION was marketed as the last in the series, it made cash at the box office so here we are with yet another instalment. To date it's the final one, although it wouldn't surprise me should another come out at some point. After all, the simple premise has plenty of mileage in it. This is another 3D film, so the cinema really is the best place to see it; failing that, a home 3D Blu ray set-up will suffice. Unlike PIRANHA 3D, the entire film was shot in 3D and the effect is very noticeable in crowd and dialogue scenes as well as the money shots. The 3D effects are pretty darn fantastic, they just keep getting better and better, and to be honest I just wouldn't bother with a 2D version of this movie.

As for the film itself, it's a mixture of the good and bad. The definite highlight of the entire film is the initial disaster, this time taking place on a suspension bridge. The CGI effects are the best I've seen in a movie and the whole set-piece is directed with expertise and skill. In fact, it's so good that it beats the vehicular pile-up in FINAL DESTINATION 2 to become the best so far of the entire series. It's just a shame that the rest of the film can't equal this kind of brilliance.

We're left with a mix of painful deaths and even more painful plotting. The deaths are all show-stoppers and highly sadistic, with the best being the elaborate set-up at the acrobatic training. However, as the film progresses it seems to lose focus, and ends up run-of-the-mill by the end, although there is a neat last reel twist that ties in with the whole cyclic nature of these films.

The characters are the worst yet, and a more disappointing bunch of faceless characters I couldn't imagine; these are about the blandest you can get for a teenage slasher flick (and this is a slasher film, just with death itself as the villain). The dialogue stinks and the storyline – which throws in desultory cop Courtney B. Vance and a novel way to attempt to cheat death – is a bore. Apart from the 3D carnage, the only thing I enjoyed was the welcome return of Tony Todd, sorely missed in the last instalment and bagging a meatier role this time around. Way to go, Tony!
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6/10
good improvement from 4 with a very nice twist
SnoopyStyle28 March 2015
Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto) is going to his brother's wedding but his girlfriend Molly Harper (Emma Bell) cancels and breaks up. He is wrestling with a job offer in Paris. His friend boss Peter Friedkin (Miles Fisher) is trying to hide a relationship with intern Candice Hooper (Ellen Wroe). Olivia Castle (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) is a bitch. Isaac Palmer (P.J. Byrne) is a talkative womanizer. Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) is pushed by union rep Roy and Dennis (David Koechner) is the big boss. The group is going to a business team-building retreat. The bridge collapses and most of them die. It turns out to be a dream and Sam is able to save 8 of the group. However death has different designs. Agent Jim Block (Courtney B. Vance) investigates but he doesn't believe Sam's explanation. Coroner William Bludworth (Tony Todd) warns them and gives them a possible solution.

The opening bridge death dream sequence is great and a vast improvement over the previous racetrack sequence in 4. The CG looks much better this time around. The set pieces look realistic except maybe for the final kills. After the save, the individual kills are nothing new to the franchise. The laser eye surgery is a nice kill. There is something about being close to the eye that is truly creepy. Also the final twist is nicely constructed. And who doesn't love a kill montage.
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7/10
Death doesn't Like to be Cheated
claudio_carvalho14 December 2011
The Presage Paper employees take a bus to spend the day in a retreat. Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) is an aspirant chef and his girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) has just ended their relationship, since he intends to take an internship in culinary art in France. While crossing a suspension- bridge that is in maintenance, Sam has a vision where everybody in the bus including him dies after the bridge collapsing. Sam asks the driver to open the door and he leaves the bus with Molly.

His friend Peter Friedkin (Miles Fisher) and his girlfriend Candice Hooper (Ellen Wroe) follow Sam and Molly asking them to return to the bus. Olivia Castle (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), Isaac Palmer (P.J. Byrne), Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) and their boss Dennis Lapman (David Koechner ) also leave the bus. When the bridge collapses, they all do not die. The Federal Agent Jim Block (Courtney B. Vance) suspects of Sam, but sooner he receives the technical report concluding that the bridge collapsed due to natural causes (wind).

During the funeral of their friends, a creepy man tells to Sam that death does not like to be cheated. Sooner Candice, Isaac and Olivia die in a stranger way and Sam recalls that the survivors are dying in the sequence that they had originally died. The next victim would be Nathan, but he accidentally causes the death of the rebel worker Roy. The survivors learn that if they trade spots with another victim, they receive the years left in the live of the victim.

When I see the franchise "Final Destination, I know exactly what I am going to see: a group of teenagers escaping from death in a first moment and then death chases each one of them since the storyline is always the same.

"Final Destination 5" has excellent CGI and very creative deaths and never disappoints; therefore the intention of the director is accomplished. The sequence with the collapse of the bridge is very impressive. The acting is also good and in the end I liked this film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Premonição 5" ("Premonition 5")
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7/10
WATCH YOUR STEP
nogodnomasters29 April 2019
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If you have seen one of these before, you know the plot. The movie introduces the characters, in this case they are a group of office workers. They travel. One has a premonition of death and saves the group only to find out there exists an unseen expiration date on all of us, and if you go past that date you must die in a bizarre abnormal manner. If you have sat through all the "Friday the 13th" movies and thought they were all different, you might try this series. As for me, knowing basically the whole plot before it unfolds...over the last 5 films is a bit boring. The re-addition of Tony Todd issuing a warning as if he is "Death" himself was one of the highlights. Many of the main characters are named after famous horror directors: Peter Friedkin is named after "The Exorcist" director William Friedkin; Candice Hooper is named after Tobe Hooper who directed "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and "Poltergeist";and Olivia Castle is named after William Castle who directed "The Tingler" and the original "House on Haunted Hill."

Death has rules, just like killing vampires and zombies. You would think if you cheat death, then you must die. However, that is not the case. If you kill someone who wasn't supposed to die, you get their years.

It is my understanding the DVD will have an alternate ending. The gore was fairly decent. The movie has a lot of things thrown at the camera. Clearly it was designed for 3-D.

F-bomb, no sex or nudity
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8/10
Back to the roots
kosmasp23 January 2012
I guess everyone felt that the Final Destination series was declining (no pun intended). Many might have liked the second movie, but the third one was the breaking point for many (I still kinda like the inventive death scenes in that). Fourth part is by far the worst (rating wise), but was named "The Final Destination", which suggested it was the end. And while this might not have been entirely true, it was a good thing they came up with this "final" installment of the series.

This one goes back to what made the first one so good. And it's not the only thing that can be linked with those movies. Tony Todd is "back" again and you have the same premise as with the other movies. But in the end it proves to be more than that. And I'm not only talking about a (3-D) reprise of all the Deaths of the other movies put during the end credits ...
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5/10
Final Destination 5
jboothmillard3 March 2012
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The Final Destination franchise has been up and down over the years, the first and third films are probably the most watchable, and the least memorable being the previous fourth film, although it made a lot of money, hence another sequel. I read that the fourth film was apparently supposed to be the final film, this fifth entry does feel much more like a conclusion, directed by Steven Quale (Into the Storm). Basically, office worker Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto) is on his way to a company retreat with his colleagues. The bus is about to cross the North Bay Bridge, when Sam has a premonition that the suspension bridge will collapse, killing everyone, apart from his ex-girlfriend Molly Harper (Emma Bell) who he saves. In a panic, he persuades several people to get off the bud, and others to leave the before it collapses in reality. Sam saves Molly, along with friends Nathan Sears (Arlen Escarpeta) and Peter Friedkin (Miles Fisher), Peter's girlfriend Candice Hooper (Ellen Wroe), his boss Dennis Lapman (David Koechner), and his co-workers Olivia Castle (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Isaac Palmer (P. J. Byrne). FBI agent Jim Block (Courtney B. Vance) believes that Sam has nothing to do with causing the bridge to collapse, but he says he will be keeping an eye on him. At the memorial service, a mysterious coroner, William Bludworth (Candyman's Tony Todd), tells the survivors that "Death doesn't like to be cheated" and warns them to be careful. The group ignore his creepy warning, believing it is nonsense, and leave. Later, Candice goes to the gym to practice her athletics routine, but a chain reaction causes her to fly off the uneven bars, and she is killed snapping her spine, leaving Peter devastated. The next day, Isaac steals a dead colleague's voucher for a Chinese spa, he is severely injured during an acupuncture session, but ultimately dies when a falling Buddha statue crushes his head. Bludworth was present at each other deaths, and he appears again. When questioned what is going on, he tells the remaining survivors that if they wish to cheat Death (the Grim Reaper), they should take a life to regain their own. Meanwhile, Olivia is having laser eye surgery to treat her short-sighted vision. While the doctor leaves the room, there is a malfunction of the machinery, the laser is activated and sears Olivia's eye and hand. She manages to free herself from the operating chair, but Sam and Molly are too late to save her, as she trips and falls out of the window onto a car below, killing her and popping her eyeball from its socket. Sam concludes that the survivors are dying in the order they were meant when the bridge collapsed, so Nathan is next. Nathan has returned to work at the factory, he gets into an argument with co-worker Roy Carson (Brent Stait), Nathan pushes in front him in front of a lifting hook, which impales him. Nathan tells the other about this, they realise he has claimed Roy's lifespan by killing him and therefore he has been skipped. When Dennis arrives questioning the incident, Sam realises too late that he is next on Death's list, a wrench is launched by a belt sander and Dennis is killed when it hits him in the face. That evening, after working at a restaurant, Sam asks his supervisor to reserve the restaurant for a date with Molly. Peter has become unstable since Candice's death; he interrupts them and threatens to kill Molly to take her lifespan. Peter draws a gun and starts shooting at both Sam and Molly. Agent Block overhears the gunshots from outside. When he enters to intervene, Peter shoots him dead. Peter believes he is safe from Death but decides to kill Molly and Sam as they are witnesses to murder. The two men fight in the kitchen and Peter knocks Sam unconscious. Just as Peter is about to stab Molly with a kitchen knife, Sam wakes and stabs him in the bag with a large skewer, seemingly claiming Block's life as his. Two weeks later, Sam and Molly board a plane to Paris, France. As they take their seats, they notice a group of passengers being removed from the plane with one of them, Alex Browning, warning everyone to get off. This reveals that the plane they are on is Flight 180 from the first film, and the date is May 13, 2000. Sam and Molly are confused but settle down in their seats. Upon take-off, Sam has similar feelings like before, and overhears a hostess telling another passenger that Alex had a vision of the plane's destruction. It is already too late to escape, Sam and Molly both perish in the explosion that follows. Nathan meanwhile is in bar not far from the airport for Roy's memorial. He learns that Roy was already dying from a brain aneurysm that was close to bursting, meaning he was due to die "any day now". Nathan realises he is still in danger, and the landing gear from the plane comes through the roof and crushes Nathan, setting off the events of the first four films. Also starring Chasty Ballesteros as Spa Receptionist and Jasmin Dring as Cho. All the performances are alright, it is a clever concept that the villain is Death itself stalking the victims, the new "kill or be killed" plot is interesting enough, and the editing and pace is okay, but it is not quite as eerie and creepy as before. The chat in between slows it down a little, but for the long and spectacular opener, the inventive, gory, and often over-the deaths, most memorable involving gymnastics, acupuncture and laser eye surgery, the revealed prequel twist ending, and a montage of all the best deaths from the previous four films before the end credits, it is a worthwhile horror thriller. Worth watching!
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6/10
Eerie and gory follow-up enhancing the luridness of the set pieces showing the astonishing death scenes
ma-cortes31 December 2016
This sequel displays suspense , chills , tension , thrills , and creepy deaths . The The main entertainment resides in watching what next and surprising victim can be dreamt by the state-of-art special effects in 3D . Amusing follow-up and again with horrifying and terrifying murders plenty of blood , gore and guts . The movie exists for only aim of killing its protagonists and all around in scary realistic detail . Death seem to dispatch new weird killing every few minutes of movie , throughout crashing , beheading , stabbing , crushing , etc . It's frightening entertaining though predictable but we have seen the original and previous sequels with similar and interesting premise . Although its predictability is redeemed in part by the charismatic acting of the attractive protagonists and all around . In this latest installment to the horror franchise , Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) and his office colleagues (Miles Fisher , Ellen Wroe , Jacqueline MacInnes Woood , P.J. Byrne , David Koechner) , his girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) arrange to getaway an ill-fated bridge , thanks to a premonition Sam got ; but later on , things go wrong , that's why there's no way you can cheat Death. However , when 2 of his friends died in a mysterious way , Sam must use his records from the premonition to save his partners , before death hunts him down.

Entertaining, chilling and thrilling sequel with emphasis on increasing the luridness and again with horrifying killings against the survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse . Eerie chiller with portentous special effects and results to be a nasty piece of work . This sequel to successful first original film by James Wong deals with a young who has a vision about deaths and to be aware which by avoiding it , he and others around , but soon begin dying in bizarre accidents . The premonition of a deadly bridge saves his life and a lucky few , but not from death itself which seeks out those who escaped their fate . Amusement and entertainment lies from attempting to guess which of the ludicrously over-determined potential hazards will deliver the creepy killings .

In this 5º installment of the ¨Final Destination¨ series appears none character repeating from former entries , it displays suspense , tension , thrills, and creepy deaths . The chief excitement lies in seeing what new and astonishing victim can be dreamt by the believable FX . Death seem to dispatch new weird killing every few minutes of movie, throughout crashing, beheading , blowing up , crushing , falling , etc . Here death is a mere computer generator FX , the ultimate gross-out show . It's frightening and entertaining though predictable but we have seen the original with similar and interesting premise . Although its predictability is redeemed in part by the charismatic acting of protagonists and all around . It packs a colorful and appropriate cinematography by Brian Pearson . Thrilling musical score fitting to action and suspense by Brian Tyler . The motion picture written by Eric Heisserer, and based on characters created by Jeffrey Reddick was professionally directed by Steven Quale , though without originally because being similar plot to former outings , it result to be a fresh fodder . The series are the followings : Final destination (2000) by James Wong with Dewon Sawa , Kerr Smith , Ali Larter , II sequel by David R Ellis with A.J. Cook , Michael Lastres , Lynda Boyd, James Kirk , Sarah Carter,Jonathan Cherry, Kevin Connor , III sequel by James Wong with Maria Elizabeth Winstead , Ryan Merryman , Texas Battle, Chelan Simmons , Amanda Crew and The Final Destination IV by David R Ellis with Nick Zano , Haley Webb , Mykelti Williamson and Krista Allen .
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8/10
Will anyone survive FD5?
BA_Harrison1 April 2014
There are very few long-running horror franchises where I can happily say that I have enjoyed every single chapter, but that is definitely the case with the wonderfully dumb and delightfully gory Final Destination series; admittedly that's probably because each successive sequel has been almost virtually identical in format to the enjoyable original, setting the stage with a spectacular disaster and allowing death to do the rest, but I have enjoyed them nevertheless.

Part 5 certainly doesn't stray far from the formula. Barring one new plot device—the kill or be killed rule—and couple of twists that, if you've been paying attention, you may very well guess, this is business as usual: a group of people narrowly avoid being killed but find that their reprieve is only temporary while Death gets its act together. As always, expertly orchestrated and spectacularly gory demises await them all, and this time they're even bloodier than before!

If, like me, you have enjoyed the previous instalments in this popular series, then it's almost certain that this one will also satisfy your yearning for inventive deaths and over the top splatter. I only hope that they keep 'em coming 'cos I'm not done yet.
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7/10
Quite good actually...
paul_haakonsen8 December 2011
I was surprised to see a part 5 of this movie franchise, but it was a welcomed one though. And it was with some anticipation that I sat down to watch it.

Initially, the story here in part 5 is the same as in the previous four movies. Despite liking all movies, seen with a reviewer's eyes, the story has been abused a tad too many times now. I mean, seriously, it is just the same story over and over in all 5 movies. But what makes it worthwhile and worth watching is the inventive and cruel ways that people meet their demise at. At least that is it for me, it is what drives me to keep watching these movies. I want to see what ways people die, and I want to see the effects.

If you are a fan of the series, you definitely want to check out part 5 as well, as it is every bit as entertaining as the previous four, and the ways people die in this movie was cool - as in the previous movies as well. And the effects were quite nice, and it had just enough gore to keep most gorehounds well-fed as well.

Despite enjoying the movie and the deaths, five movies cooked on the same broth is just getting too thin. You know the story already before you sit down to watch the movie, it is not a matter of if they die, it is a matter of how they die.

One thing that was awesome in part 5 was the way they made it come full circle with the first original movie. That was a very inventive stroke of genius on the writer's part. Thumbs up for that twist, it was well worth it.

The cast in "Final Destination 5" was pretty good. Again, lots of nicely talented young actors and actresses, and people here did a great job with their roles and bringing their characters out on the screen.

"Final Destination 5" is well worth a watch, if for nothing else, then for the death scenes alone.
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6/10
Less gore, (slightly) more substance
Coventry20 January 2012
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Penning down yet another sequel to the "Final Destination" franchise has got to be one of the easiest and most relaxing jobs there is in Hollywood! The original, released in 2000, still had the more or less innovative concept, but the next three sequels are basically the most simplistic horror movies you can think of. All the writers have to do is come up with a perilous type of setting or situation – a place where are horrendous large-scaled accidents can potentially occur, like race tracks or an amusement park – and, next to that, they only still need a small dozen of extended but incredibly cruel and sickening death sequences. The "creative minds" behind Final Destination movies don't even have to worry about maintaining a sense of reality or logic, because the more grotesque the deaths are the better! Therefore parts 2, 3 and 4 are the most hugely derivative and unmemorable horror movies that exist, but hey, the nowadays cinema public adores the senseless violence and the fresh young faces in the cast, so why wouldn't the producers exploit the formula to the max?

Due to the above mentioned reasons, I personally wasn't in too much of a hurry to check out the fifth entry in the series, but a buddy of mine is a big fan of the series and since I'm always in the mood for some mindless violence, we watched it as soon as it became available on rental. I do have to give some extra credit to the people behind "Final Destination 5", for at least trying to pump a little more depth and innovation into the mundane format. The set-up and structure is still largely the same. A whole floor of administrative co-workers and managers are heading towards an external team building activity by bus. When stuck in traffic on a bridge where road works are going on, Sam Lawton suddenly has a creepily realistic vision of the bridge collapsing. He and a small group of others still manage to get off the bus, but they still meet their gruesome deaths trying to escape the bridge before it tumbles down entirely. As he snaps out of the vision, Sam hysterically warns the others and the same clique reach safety in time. They all assume they somehow miraculously evaded death, but we all know what happens next…

Now what exactly makes this fifth installment slightly more worthwhile than the others? Three main aspects, in fact, of which two are quite essential (or they are to me at least). First and foremost, the main characters and their handlings are more diverse, more plausible and even more likable. One of the characters becomes dangerously obsessed with the hope of "skipping his turn", some of the characters are even prepared to make sacrifices rather than the usual egocentric ones and the plot even introduces a distrusting policeman who seeks an explanation for all the sudden mysterious deaths. Secondly, and I might have to add an extra (minor) spoiler warning here, "Final Destination 5" admirably links itself to the very first movie in the series; actually making this installment a prequel even though you're not aware of it throughout the entire running time. When this specific sequence appears near the end of the film, I was positively surprised. Finally, I also think the death sequences deserve a bit of praise as well. They are definitely less gory (albeit still sufficiently nauseating, no worries) but occurring more everyday circumstances you can identify with. There's for example an excruciatingly painful gym accident and a routine operation going awry. Especially if you underwent the same kind of treatment, like yours truly has, it's a very unsettling scene to watch. In spite of the vastly positive improvements of this film, it still needs to be said that this still remains a largely unnoticeable horror film that you won't remember long afterwards.
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5/10
A little better
BandSAboutMovies3 September 2020
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Steven Quale was the second unit director of Titanic and Avatar before getting to make his own movies. He jumped into the Final Destination franchise, which had by now pretty much done it all when it came to brutally wiping teenagers out of existence. He was joined by Eric Heisserer, who wrote the remakes of A Nightmare On Elm Street and The Thing, as well as Lights Out, Arrival and Bird Box.

They did what had never been done. They made a prequel instead of another story.

Sam Lawton is about to cross the North Bay Bridge when he sees the bridge collapsing and only his ex-girlfriend Milly Harper surviving. So he keeps everyone off the bridge, which soon collapses. In case you haven't seen any of these films before, Death will make them all wish they had just become ex-people then.

Luckily, Tony Todd is back as Bludworth. He takes a more involved role this time, telling the survivors that if they wish to live, they should kill someone who was never meant to die on the bridge.

Only Molly and Sam survive and they go to Paris together. Of course, they board Flight 180 and...we're right back to the first movie.

Another major part of these films is the references to horror personalities. The fifth film references William Friedkin, Tobe Hooper and William Castle.

Well, that was five movies from one franchise in a few days. We did it! We made it! Oh no, the computer is glowing! Instead of seeing my death coming, I'm just going to take whatever comes next. I've learned so much from these movies. Good bye, readers!
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6/10
Suspension bridge of death.
michaelRokeefe11 February 2012
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Could this actually be the finale of the FINAL DESTINATION franchise? Steven Quale directs a group of co-workers on their way to a corporate retreat. As the private bus makes its way onto a suspension bridge one of the colleagues gets a premonition about the bridge being unstable causing a horrific collapse. A small group do manage to survive; but the shaken survivors begin getting killed in the order they escaped death on the crashing bridge. In spite of survivor's guilt, there seems to be an unseen entity, possibly Death itself...not satisfied with the living. Starring are: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Courtney B. Vance, David Koechner, Ellen Wroe, P.J. Byrne, Miles Fisher and Arlen Escarpeta. It seems the scenes of violence have gotten more gruesome, possibly why I like this better than the previous four.
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10/10
Keep going
bevo-1367823 July 2021
I like the bit where the teenagers cheat death. This time on a bus.
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7/10
You spin me right round baby right round like a record baby.
hitchcockthelegend2 August 2015
Hee, no surprise to find great division among horror fanatics, whatever the film or franchise, hot debate - even furious anger - can be found. FD5 has unsurprisingly garnered mixed reactions, but even allowing for the fact that as an idea it's a series that can't get better, part 5 is a considerable step up from the very poor part 4. It also boasts a neat trick of the tail, where some ingenuity is used to bring the series full circle, with a glint in the eye and a bloody tongue in the cheek.

Once again the opening and closing credit sequences are superb, doffing its cap to what is undoubtedly a very popular horror franchise. The disaster that underpins the formula is one of the best to be staged, a mighty bridge collapse that terrifies and thrills in equal measure. Then of course it's same old same old, which you would think anyone venturing into watch would expect anyway. Acting is as usual mixed, but the deaths are up to the ingenious standard set throughout all the other films, and then a narrative twist at the finale arrives to seal the deal for a rollicking good time. We even get a welcome return of Tony Todd - Bonus! If it proves to be the final Final Destination then it's a fitting closure, because there is thought here. Anyone taking on another will have to come up with a whole new idea to appease the horror hordes.

Enough Now. 7.5/10
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6/10
A Good Way To End The Series
Theo Robertson29 March 2015
Death can't be cheated so you know what's coming next . Someone has a premonition of a disaster , they alert their friends . escape from the scene and find the disaster comes true and thank their lucky stars they escaped death . Next thing they know death comes for them in a series of cruel and graphic freak accidents

There's not a lot of milage in this premise and there's an element that if you've seen one film you've seen them all . With FINAL DESTINATION 5 you spend much of the time feeling that the producers have become fed up with the franchise because the deaths show a lack of imagination . It sounds cruel and more than a little cynical but that's much of the selling point of the series being surprised as to how characters get killed and feeling something akin to enjoyment that the film makers have pulled the rug out from under you . It also suffers from the same fault as the previous instalment with having the gimmick of 3-D in order to shock the audience but it detracts from the impact of the deaths rather than embellish the impact . Another unimaginative element is the demographic where most of the characters are of a similar age . With hindsight the best film in the franchise is the second if only because the characters are much more diverse

!!!! SUGGESTIVE SPOILERS !!!!

As I said I spent most of the film thinking there's not much imagination to the proceedings and there's a suggestion you can escape death by killing someone in your place , a type of kill or be killed dilemma . A slightly desperate plot turn too since your dilemma is dying quickly or spending the rest of your natural life in an American maximum security prison so it's not really much of a dilemma . Then the producers play a blinder be having an ending I never saw coming in a million years and it's so simple and is a great way to finally wrap up the series which looks like ending with this movie
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7/10
Surprisingly effective.
Hey_Sweden15 July 2018
"Final Destination 5" adheres pretty closely to the formula established in the previous four films. Character A, in this case aspiring chef Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto, 'Gotham'), has a horrifying vision of a major catastrophe, and he and assorted others (who died during the vision) are frightened when they escape and witness the catastrophe actually taking place. They spend the rest of the film dying off in spectacular fashion, because as omnipresent coroner Bludworth (Tony "Candyman" Todd) likes to put it, "Death doesn't like to be cheated." They also have to wonder if it's at all possible to avoid what seems to be inevitable.

This series still continues to be perversely entertaining in its over the top depictions of ultra-elaborate death set pieces, and the resulting cartoonish gore. It still plays that way at times, but at least writer Eric Heisserer (the "Thing" prequel) and director Steven Quale, the latter making his fictional feature debut, give us enough story and enough character detail to make our intended victims worth watching. They also make sure to give us little moments of foreshadowing that will pay off very soon. The filmmaking is slick, and the wholesale destruction of human bodies consistently offers amusement. One undeniable highlight is a case of laser eye surgery gone horribly wrong.

Where this offers some truly interesting wrinkles is when: A) Peter Friedkin (Tom Cruise lookalike Miles Fisher, "J. Edgar") thinks he has a handle on solving his problem, and B) the denouement where events take a very circular turn. It rather reminded this viewer of the way the writers of the "Saw" sequels would go out of their way to tie events & characters together. But this was fairly clever, and appreciated.

The cast is personable. D'Agosto and Emma Bell ('The Walking Dead') as his sweetie are likeable, P.J. Byrne ("The Wolf of Wall Street") is a hoot as an uber-sleazy moron, Arlen Escarpeta (the "Friday the 13th" reboot) is engaging, and there are also roles for veterans David Koechner ("Anchorman") and Courtney B. Vance ('Law & Order: Criminal Intent'), the latter playing an appropriately befuddled Federal agent.

A reel of highlights from all the previous films precedes the end credits, and one has to feel that this fifth entry does provide a sense of closure...unless, of course, some producer or suit decides to resurrect the series at some point.

Seven out of 10.
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7/10
Not As Good As Earlier "Destinations"
zardoz-1315 August 2011
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The latest "Final Destination" sequel "Final Destination 5" burns, boils, fries, roasts, slices, dices, hooks, crushes, electrocutes, and disembowels several characters. Some even find themselves impaled on items either as tiny as acupuncture needles or as towering as a sailboat mast. Death is certainly never dull despite the dull characters that it claims. Since "Final Destination 3," the victims have grown awfully forgettable, and those in the fourth sequel amount to little more than one-dimensional pawns. Freshman director Steven Quale and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" scenarist Eric Heisserer glamorize the spectacle of death with the same wicked cinematic abandon of their illustrious predecessors. Mind you, "Final Destination 5" does not top the third sequel "The Final Destination" that opened with a terrific raceway sequence. The only thing wrong with the superlative 3-D effects in "Final Destination 5" is the scarcity of sensational scenes that are enhanced by them. The 'cheap thrills' 3-D here sends everything from severed limbs to flying eyeballs on a collision course with the audience. If you like to flinch at horrible things hurled at you, you'll enjoy this cynical, far-fetched escapade. The biggest problem with "Final Destination 5" is that no disaster rivals the first accident on the suspension bridge. Death in the "Final Destination" movies occurs as a consequence of outlandish chain-reactions designed along the lines of a Rube Goldberg machine. Before each expendable character perishes, we are treated to a number of coincidences which culminate in a very gory, gruesome demise for that unfortunate individual. Just to assure us that none of these deaths is too tragic, Quale and Heisserer cap them off with a macabre prank. For example, a woman suffers incredible torment trapped under a surgical laser that eviscerates her eyeball. Of course, the squeamish should probably shun "Final Destination 5" for scenes like this that gave the 92-minute film an R-rating for strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some profanity.

While he toils on the day shift at a paper plant, Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto of "Fired-Up!") spends his nights working at a local restaurant. Our protagonist dreams about becoming a chef. Imagine his reaction when he learns that a culinary internship in Paris is his for the taking. The catch is that if Sam leaves for Paris, he will have to split up with his coworker and girlfriend, Molly Harper (Emma Bell of "Frozen"), who cannot join him. Sam tries to work out something amicable with Molly as they accompany their boss Peter (Tom Cruise look-alike Miles Fisher of "Superhero Movie"), and their callous superior, Dennis (David Koechner of "The Comebacks"), for a corporate retreat. Meantime, Peter's personal intern, college gymnast Candice Hooper (television actress Ellen Wroe), the provocative Olivia (soap opera actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), and software guru Isaac (P. J. Byrne of "29 Palms") are attending the retreat.

As he rides a chartered bus to the retreat, Sam has a frightening premonition. In his imagination, Sam watches as the suspension bridge collapses under their bus, and everybody but Molly dies. Abruptly, Sam awakens from his reverie. He wastes no time evacuating the bus with Molly. The rest of his dubious co-workers follow at his heels and are grateful afterward. In the first "Final Destination," the hero had a similar premonition that his high school class' flight would crash after take-off. During the rest of "Final Destination," the teens died in freak accidents because they got off the jet. After Sam and company survive the bridge accident, they spend the rest of "Final Destination 5" trying to stay alive as one outlandish event after another occurs. At the same time, a suspicious Federal Agent named Block (Courtney B. Vance of "Dangerous Minds"), has his doubts about Sam's premonition. It doesn't help matters for Block when the authorities rule that the bridge disaster was an accident. After their close encounters with death on the suspension bridge, each of Sam's co-workers find themselves confronting death again, and City Coroner William Bludworth (Tony Todd of "Candyman") isn't surprised by their fate.

Ironically, the "Final Destination" franchise has produced more sequels with "Final" in the title than any other franchise. However, nothing except death is final in these derivative thrillers. The "Final Destination" movies have been going strong since 2000. These are essentially supernatural sagas because you never see the specter of death that acts as an insane architect in conjuring up scenes of accidental overkill. The first two epics rank as classics, while the rest qualify as little more than elaborate but clever depictions of accidental death. Of course, the "Final Destination" movies pale by comparison with the actual thing in the "Faces of Death" documentaries. Meanwhile, the first two shared some characters, primarily actress Ali Larter's heroine Clear Rivers and Tony Todd's William Bludworth. Beginning with "Final Destination 3," the franchise shunned continuity. Bludworth didn't appear in either "Final Destination 3" or "The Final Destination" (2009). Basically, the stories about men and women cheating death never change. Several characters survive a near-death experience and then spend the rest of the film awaiting their dismal fate. Like surviving the Marine Corps, only the few elude the Grim Reaper. Quale, who served as James Cameron's second-unit director on "Titanic" and "Avatar," doesn't let "Final Destination 5" wear out its welcome.
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Despite a new wrinkle for the series, the franchise is getting old-hat predictable
george.schmidt23 August 2011
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FINAL DESTINATION 5 (2011) **Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, P.J. Byrne, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, Courtney B. Vance, Tony Todd. Latest – and rather predictable – chapter of the horror franchise this time with death cheaters surviving a fantastic bridge collapse (one of the better, intense set pieces from director Steven Quale), and a new wrinkle to dissing Death : find a substitute victim to take your place (!) In spite of a few craftily, squirmy Rube Goldbergian by-design signature offings (the best : a gymnast's fate and eye-Lasik surgery horribly awry) the series is getting a bit old-hat and the 'splatter effects' too digital ala video games. Nice job by victim Byrne's obsequiousness by the way.
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Splot! And other sounds for things landing in your eyes
neil-4761 September 2011
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Welcome to episode 5 in the increasingly inaccurately named Final Destination trilogy. You all know the routine by now - we start off with some sort of disaster in which a number of people from one place are violently and gorily killed. Then it turns out that what we have just seen is one of their number having a premonition of a disaster, so that person ushers them all away and they escape death. However, Death likes to restore balance, so he kills them, one by one, in the order in which they would have died, in different but equally violently gory ways. You'll get some plotting as to how they can foil death, and maybe a bit of soapy background, but make no mistake - these films are all about killing people as imaginatively as possible.

To be fair, that is one of the things which appeals to the target audience (and I admit I'm part of it) - clues are littered around (a screw falls out of an appliance, an electrical cable has a gap in the insulation) so that you think you can guess how a death will happen, and it turns out you're wrong - all the signposted elements are in there, but they work in a different way to what you expect. Or sometimes you just get some thing which is sudden and unexpected. Whatever, if this is the sort of film you enjoy - and you should know by now - then this is quite good.

I very much liked the end, which will appeal to fans of the whole series. And the 3D worked really well, not just in the flashy scenes, but pretty much all the way through (hooray for films which are filmed in 3D and don't just have it added in post). The sound design was good, too.
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8/10
Entertaining enough series entry
kannibalcorpsegrinder26 October 2015
When a group of survivors of a devastating bridge collapse suddenly start turning up dead in a series of freak accidents, the others learn that they were meant to die on that day and try to prevent it from happening to them as well.

As much as this one provides a lot to absolutely love, there's still a few problems here that do keep this down. When this one works, it's enjoyable mainly for its high-quality action along the way here, starting with the absolutely fantastic opening hallucination here as the small cracks in the road lead to the series of rather fun roadways dropping off into the water below taking people and cars along with setting up the series of support collapses that take out several others along the way as the fleeing survivors are taken out as they try to escape back to safety in a fun sequence that serves as a rather enjoyable opening. When it comes to the real accident and the events relating to the escape gives this one a really enjoyable beginning. Other fun moments here come from the spectacular attacks along the way as the deaths are a lot of fun if a bit hokey at times in the Rube Goldberg-ness of their set-ups, especially the gymnast accident and their co-workers' accident in the factory are just fun if goofy and ill- thought-out even though in all the kills the gore is spectacular and the suspense is decently handled. The set-up in the massage parlor and the doctor's office work the best here, which are really chilling and make for some fine times here giving this one enough positives to hold out over the few flaws here. The biggest one here is the revelation added to the storyline here, though the new twist on the hero's plight doesn't make much sense. For something as supposedly vicious and cruel as what's stalking the heroes to just roll over like it does here with this new twist doesn't really make any sense at all, for that changes around the entire purpose of the events that transpire. It's barely even integrated into the story and seems placed there merely to give this one something new without really doing anything original or creative here. That also ends up giving us the finale in the restaurant which has no business being here and nearly ruins the film on its own just for its inclusion. The only other flaw here is the pace, since it's also way to lax about going after them once they've survived, taking forever to start knocking them off and we get way too much time with their personal lives here, making it way too boring in the first half. All in all, it's a pretty decent entry if not overly spectacular.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.
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6/10
Kill or be Killed.......
FlashCallahan29 August 2011
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So it continues with part five. If you don't know the plot by now, then you shouldn't be on this page.

Guy has a premonition of an accident, warns people to get off the bus, the survivors start dying in freak accidents, Candyman appears to be stalking them at first, then gives them advice, in a very camp way.

Candles blow, the film makers show us things unscrewing or water falling on electric, and then splat, some cool money shot deaths.

And there is always a twist at the end. But for some reason, the film makers have decided that if the victims kill someone, they get their 'years'. Why didn't Todd inform the people on flight 180 of this? It's a great move that they decided to do a prequel and not let the viewer know until five minutes before the end. There are hints, trips to Paris, old mobile phones, but if you don't read spoilers (like i did) then these ae very hard to spot.

The opening disaster is one of the best in the series, and is on a par with part two. it's quite a traumatic opening sequence, letting you know it's going to be a lot darker than the previous efforts.

After the gymnast scene, which is the standout death, things start to go downhill, and come the final act, apart from the major twist, it becomes very absurd and way off track from the other films.

The cast are just there to look at, and they are second rate eye candy, apart from a couple of actors, the calibre of acting is bad.

Todd puts some effort into his role, but then he is candyman, and knows he will live and just walks around with a swagger and a knowing nod.

3D is surprisingly good, and used sparingly, but is very effective come more of the gorier scenes.

All in all it's not a bad film, better than the fourth, but the franchise is running out of steam very fast.

Given the matter of the final scenes, it seems it would be a good time for the reaper to hang up his scythe now, as another instalment would be suicide.

Then again, if one of the victims committed suicide, what would happen to the rest of the survivors? How would death take to the changing of the pattern?

If that gets made, i want my cut New Line......
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7/10
Better than the previous one
phd_travel17 February 2012
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Something about this formula works. There have been so many. This time the disaster takes place on a bridge and it is quite spectacular.

The acting is alright. Nicholas D'Agosto is quite good as the lead. Emma Bell looks a bit too worried throughout. The supporting cast could have been more attractive.

The ways to die are quite creative but a little too gruesome at times like the lasik. But what do you expect for this genre. Didn't like the part in the restaurant where one of them came after the other 2. Felt contrived.

Liked the way things linked up at the end. Overall better than the last one. I guess we will see another.
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7/10
One of the best of the franchise, if not THE best
Wuchakk17 November 2018
The first "Final Destination" movie in 2000 was a rather innovative 'Dead Teenager Movie' in that the killer was Death itself, an invisible spirit. A group of people, mostly youths, escape a great tragedy due to a premonition of one of them and the rest of the movie involves the Grim Reaper systematically slaying the kids who cheated Death in various creative ways, usually an unlikely chain of events. The opening tragedy in the first film was a plane crash, in the second a highway pile-up, in the third a rollercoaster mishap, in the fourth a racetrack calamity. In this fifth and most recent film (2011) it's a spectacular bridge collapse and it's probably the best opening tragedy of the franchise.

All of the movies in the series tell the same basic story with different characters and minor nuances; all of them are of the same high quality of technical filmmaking. Whether you prefer one or another depends on your preference for cast members and the death sequences (and the locations). Other than these factors they're all basically the same.

"Final Destination 5" features Nicholas D'Agosto as the main protagonist with Emma Bell as his blonde girlfriend. Tom Cruise lookalike, Miles Fisher, is also on hand while Ellen Wroe plays the gymnast. Meanwhile Tony Todd returns as the creepy coroner who seems to know more about the situation than he should.

While it's true that you know exactly how this film will play out if you've seen the first four installments, or any of them, there are some highlights beyond the females. For one, this movie has a superb score and soundtrack, at least on par with the previous installment. Aside from featuring the most thrilling opening tragedy, there are several creative death scenes involving a gymnast accident, an Asian spa, eye surgery, a factory mishap and a restaurant altercation. This entry also throws in a unique twist that I'm not going to give away (but if you've seen the trailer you already know what it is). There's an additional surprise at the end, which nicely wraps up the five-movie franchise.

The film runs 92 minutes and, like the first three films, was shot in the Vancouver area (the fourth film was shot in the East).

GRADE: B+
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