Final Destination 5
- Henry Northmore
- 24 August 2011
Horror franchise gets back on track with some suitably gory bloodshed
(15) 92 min
In many ways the Final Destination series is the ultimate streamlined horror franchise, they have dispensed with a villain altogether and it is death itself that stalks our victims. And FD 5 returns the glorious gory yucks to the screen after the (literal) car crash of the fourth instalment.
As per usual our hero (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition of impending doom, in this case a beautifully choreographed bridge collapse, a ballet of creative carnage. He pulls his colleagues (including love interest Emma Bell) from their bus before the events unfold, but ‘Death doesn’t like to be cheated’ warns an ominous Tony Todd (reprising his role as creepy coroner William Bludworth).
As predicted death returns to claim those who escaped their fate with a series of cruel bizarre accidents. Frayed wires, spilt liquids and loose bolts sign-post their imminent demise, ratcheting up the tension before the pieces finally fall into place in an intricately orchestrated puzzle of death. Final 5 will put you off laser eye surgery for life (and gymnastics and acupuncture and bridges …).
However the acting is just adequate, the characters vaguely likeable enough to care about their fate but not so much that you don’t eagerly await their complex fatality. Similarly first time feature director Steven Quale only really shows any flair when dealing with on screen slaughter, but Final Destination movies are all about the kills and this delivers the thrillingly icky goods.