Final Destination 5 – Doug’s take

12 Aug

Having seen a couple of the previous sequels, I was surprised that the 5th movie has chosen a radically different plot line, and no one dies, with Death finally being defeated.  Ha, who am I kidding, this sequel delivers the expected deaths, with plenty of blood and gore to make everyone gasp and jump in their seats.  The director and writers don’t spend much time developing the characters or a plot, most likely because they know we’re here in the theater for one reason only – to see people die in horrible ways.

We of course start off with the standard group of 8 people, representing various stereotypes, dying in a bizarre accident.  In this movie that involves a bus and a bridge.  Several of the deaths are quite gory and received a solid reaction from the audience.  Following the standard established in the original, this turns out to be a premonition and the 8 narrowly escape the real accident.  There is a brief memorial service – and then it begins.  Death starts claiming those who cheated their fate.

As the deaths progress, the survivors learn that it is possible to avoid their fate, if they kill someone else – swapping lifespans.  As usual, you have to constantly suspend reality due to the completely improbable, if not impossible, ways they die, but seriously – you knew that going in.  The producer and director have done a good job coming up with deaths that hint at some of the worst fears people have.  Impalements, laser to the eye, skull crushed and airplane crash to name a few.  I for one jumped several times during the movie from the shock of some of the deaths.

If you’re a fan of this franchise and enjoy the blood and guts it promises, you will enjoy this one.  If you’re looking for deep character development and an intricate plot line you’ll need to take a pass.  For fans of the franchise, there is also a nice little plot twist at the end that brings everything full circle.

My Score: 6 cheeseburgers

By Doug Tomey (Stand in Fat Guy)

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One Response to “Final Destination 5 – Doug’s take”

  1. CPav August 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    I forgot to mention that “full circle” twist in my review, Doug, but even not being a fan of the series, I got a real kick out of it.

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