… ending with a big bang!
Who would’ve guessed that after the fairly disappointing 4th Final Destination, the 5th one would rise again to the quality of before? Amazing, truly amazing. Both the writing and the acting come together in a near-flawless fashion that instantly reminds us of the original trilogy which managed to keep the perfect middle between fun and fright.
What makes Final Destination 5 so appealing is that it takes its time to tell the story, even if the story is thin like tinfoil, and it also creates characters that have at least a few inches of character depth. It doesn’t have to much, after this IS a teenage horror movie, but just enough so we – the audience – can identify with the thoughts and speeches of the people running around, and dying, in the movie.
Final Destination 5 is so refreshing and at times so original that it feels like we have yet so much to discover. It may be the fifth movie, but it feels like it’s the first …
Especially Final Destination 3 knew better than any other movie of the franchise the importance to create a decent-enough story and characters that you care about, instead of making them look like empty bags of meat waiting in line to be sacrificed. That was the big mistake part 4 made. It focused too much on the blood and the gore …
Not so much so for Final Destination 5 – this movie follows the same path as the original trilogy, but it also has features of its own! The movie thinks outside the box and creates a new lifeline for itself. A way to expand on the already pretty extensive world of man vs nature, or should I say: life vs death!
What Final Destination 5 does remarkably well is to avoid any of the traps and cliches the previous movie had in abundance. First off, the cops are much more involved in this one. They don’t play a major part, but seeing as how there’s death ever so often in this movie, it’s only logical that the officers of the law intervene.
Secondly, the murders are impossibly well thought off and some of the very best death scenes of the entire series are in this movie. Third and last, there is humor as well. Not the dark and disturbing kind – that one is a dead giveaway (no pun intended!) but the lighter side of humor is shown as well. Especially the massage scene is an immediate fan-favorite …
Like before a single teenager has a vision which immediately comes true. The lucky few escape by the breadth of their hair and owe their lives to the special kid. But this time, others die as well, not just the ones who managed to cheat death. And that’s a first for the series.
Final Destination 5 also sees the return of Tony Todd (yes!) in his usual darker persona and with that sly yet mysterious charisma. The man was simply born to star in this series, yet another reason why number 4 didn’t fit the bill.
For the remainder are actors who do very well by their jobs. Nicholas D’Agosto isn’t a famous actor but he has the kind of face you know you’ve seen before. He played a minor role in the TV-show Heroes (but not as a guy with special powers though). In this movie he fits the character like a glove. From minute one you believe every word he says, perhaps his innocent looking face and slightly naive expression help him disappear in his role.
He is supported by a bunch of ‘walking dead’ who are all on death’s list, yet before their moment passes, they get to play in the playground and enjoy their 15 minutes of fame. Emma Bell is the best of the bunch, she plays the girl of the main character.
But also quite enjoyable is David Koechner‘s performance as the dimwit boss. The actor never tries to be funny, but he ends up being just that anyway.
Talking about funny, really funny is the massage scene with actor P.J. Byrne. He plays a goofball and get a royal treatment at the spa center.
In the end, it’s a real pity there will probably never be a sixth entry, seeing as how good the fifth one was. But Final Destination 5 does what every single movie series wants to do … it ends with a BANG!
Give it to me straight:
Final destination 5 raises the stakes after the previous movie was a bit of a letdown. The movie is incredibly fresh – seeing as how we are talking about a fifth movie following the same formula – and even manages to come across as one of the finest horror movies in recent memory. This is a prime example for most horror series that slowly perish with each new sequel released. Not so much for Final destination 5, an impossibly well-made horror movie that even comes up with a few new ideas to keep the old formula alive.
Some of the deaths in this movie are perfectly well balanced between patience and the shock that usually follows. The bridge collapsing sequence is pretty much all CGI, but the better kind, so you’ll still enjoy the scene with keen interest. The massage scene is funny, very funny! The laser eye scene is, well, original to say the least. And so much more …
Everything the disappointing part 4 wasn’t – part 5 is exactly that and so much more … this movie is a reminder of how much of a thrill-ride a Final destination-movie is supposed to be. Congrats to the writers. It’s quite an triumph when a fifth movie in the horror genre is still capable of surprising their audience …
Give it to me short:
Final destination 5 is much better than the weak 4th entry, also the only movie of the series which was a bit of a letdown. No, the fifth one is as original and entertaining as the original trilogy. The humor is a bit dark at times and the death sequences are a bit gross, although the buckets of blood are not so much exaggerated this time around. Don’t worry – you’ll still be treated to a few nasty death scenes. Do you wanna have a good time with a very good horror movie, one that’ll allow you to grab your girlfriend and keep her safe? Watch this one! It’s brilliant …