Final Destination 5 (2011)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Coming Full Circle

Five movies…at this point in a franchise, there is typically no real hope for it to succeed, but hold the phone…could it be? Could this final part in the Final Destination series actually be good? Even after gradually declining with each film? It’s true. Final Destination 5 comes full circle as it remembers the minute details of what made the first one successful and didn’t overdo that. All the while, it uses the 3D element correctly this time. No more pop-out moments as many times as humanly possible. Moderation was considered and used effectively, making Final Destination ultimately a great place to stop the series in a satisfactory way.

Along with a few coworkers, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) run into a terrible accident. A suspension bridge begins to collapse, and one by one, Sam’s coworkers’ lives are taken in the most grisly of ways. Thankfully, it’s only just a premonition, so Sam gets his coworkers out in time, but the bridge collapses anyway. However, once you cheat death, death will return to collect. One by one, Sam’s coworkers are killed in freak accidents, and it’s up to the survivors to find out how to stop it. When death shows up (Tony Todd), he gives them a clue…will killing someone else in your place save your life? Well, watch the film and find out.

This is probably my second favorite film out of the series, and I’ll tell you why. The film is shot in 3D, but thankfully moderation is implemented, and not every other shot is something popping out of the screen like in Final Destination 4. So, the 3D was actually able to help out in terms of visuals. Besides the 3D, the visuals in general probably looked the best out of all films in this film. That being said, it still had a lighter tone than its predecessors, so it wasn’t as dark and scary as the others. So is it a horror film? No, not really, maybe just disturbing.

It may not be a horror film, but it still used minute details that made the first two films so successful. It focused on things that are already things that people are commonly afraid of, and used it to their advantage. Like laser eye surgery. A laser is going into your eye. That alone is a scary concept, death just uses that to its advantage, and shows us everything that can go wrong. The other deaths are just as chilling, as it focuses on tiny little things that could go wrong, not that it necessarily will in the way you think it will. That was the anticipation area that the other ones thrives so well on. The fake-out moments that have you on the edge of your seat. Again, will they die this way, that way, or will they escape unhurt? This time, it was more unpredictable, which definitely helped it out.

The other films also introduced new ideas, which gave the film fresher feel. However, the third and fourth film both introduced ways the characters can predict how the next person would die. That removed the unpredictable feature, and thus, any chance of it being scary. Thankfully, no one knew how the next person would die, they just introduced the idea of killing someone else in your place. Will they do it? You can’t really know.

The acting was again…not all that fantastic, but out of all five films, these characters were rather memorable for some reason. Maybe because it is the one freshest in my mind, but I have seen this film before, and when I think Final Destination, the faces of these people come to mind. Then again, the best characters in the series were clearly Clear and Death, hands down. It was really nice to see Tony Todd return for the last film.

Final Destination 5 had a very satisfactory ending to the series. While it wasn’t as scary, it did focus more on what made the series work as a whole, and it had a wonderful ending

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