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- Blu-ray: Final Destination 5 Blu-Ray
- Rating: R
- Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Tony Todd
- Written By: Eric Heisserer
- Directed By: Steven Quale
- Distributor: New Line, Warner Bros. Pictures
- Original Year of Release: 2011
- Extras: See Below
Final Destination 5 Blu-Ray Review
Please let this be the FINAL Final Destination to endure
By Tim Janson
December 19, 2011
In my review of the last Final Destination film, I commented how I sincerely hoped it was the last film in the worn out series (which it was supposed to be). But obviously New Line and Warner Brothers thought there was still a bit more to be squeezed out of the franchise and thus we get Final Destination 5…Yay…As was the case in the last film, the opening, big disaster sequence is the film’s highlight and frankly its only one. This time a couple of dozen employees of a paper factory are on a bus going to a corporate trip…one of those ridiculous team-building exorcises that went out of vogue in the 1990s.
Sam (D’Ogosto) has a vision of a suspension bridge collapsing while the bus is crossing it, killing everyone. Sam’s vision allows him to save himself, his girlfriend Molly (Bell), best friend Peter and a handful of other co-workers but this of course pisses off death who doesn’t like to be cheated. Cue Tony Todd who once again returns as the creepy coroner William Bludworth who always seems to know way more about Death’s plans that he lets on and he warns the survivors to be careful. Right…fat chance of that when Death can puzzle together more devious and complex settings than the Mouse Trap boardgame. Lets face it…these domino-falling kill traps have been the primary appeal of the franchise from the beginning but this time around director Steven Quale barely seems to be making the effort. The kills go from the elaborate to the mundane and even include one guy getting acupunctured to death during a massage, which is played more for comic relief than for horror. Another gets killed during laser surgery. Like I said, the effort just wasn’t there this time around.
As the bodies of the survivors continue to pile up in order of how they should have died on the bridge, Bludworth keeps popping up at each scene and finally reveals to the rest that they can cheat death by killing another person and claiming their lifespan so that Death still gets his due. When Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) accidentally or intentionally, kills a co-worker in the paper plant, he seems to be freed from Death’s vengeance. Peter now is intent to kill Molly and take her remaining lifespan. I’ll give Final Destination points for its final twist that ties this film with the first film and brings the franchise full circle. But bottom line is that if you’ve seen one Final Destination film you’ve basically seen them all. We get different characters and different kills but each film follows the same formula from beginning to end with little in between to make you want to see more. Time for this franchise to be put to rest and reach its final Destination.
Final Destination 5: Circle of Death (5:39) Director Steven Quale takes viewers through some of the death scenes.
Alternate Death Scenes (15:00) Two death scenes that have slightly altered version including Isaacs death in the Japanese Spa and Olivia’s death at the eye surgeon.
Visual Effects of Death: Collapsing the Bridge (9:16) A look at the opening bridge collapse with the green screen compared sided by side to the finished version. Quite cool.
Visual Effects of Death: Airplane Crash (3:02) Again comparing the green screen version of this scene to the finished version.