1 hour, 35 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language.
Added DVD Features: Final Destination 5: Circle of Death, Your Final Destination.
Nicholas D'Agosto ...
Emma Bell ...
Miles Fisher ...
Ellen Wroe ...
P.J. Byrne ...
Arlen Escarpeta ...
David Koechner ...
Courtney B. Vance ...
Tony Todd ...
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood ...
A group of employees from Presage Paper prepares
to go on a business retreat. Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto
), who would rather
be a chef than a salesman, has a fearful premonition while riding on the
bus; a bridge collapses, killing dozens. Acting quickly, he saves his
girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell
), his boss (David Koechner
), and five other
co-workers. Unfortunately, since they were really supposed to die on the
bridge, death begins stalking these survivors, one by one, killing them
in "random" accidents. Can the survivors discover a way to break the
The characters here are a bit more
sympathetic, and humorous, and, unlike the fourth film in this successful series, they tend to
show empathy for their fallen friends and co-workers. The death
sequences, as always, are elaborate Rube Goldberg-like traps, with
misdirection and deception at every turn. A lot of the traps involve
loose screws, and it's
fascinating that these sequences elicit a squirmy, giggly reaction from
the audience, rather than dread or terror. This is a purely cathartic,
visceral experience, not having anything to do with characters or plot.
But other than that, any redeeming social value is negligible.
Final Destination 5 is the feature directorial debut of Steven Quale, who was a second-unit director on Avatar and also made the documentary Aliens of the Deep. The 3D effects are quite good, especially the
smashing title sequence all of which make the film considerably better than its predecessors.