Final Destination 5 (2011) Movie Review

Final Destination 5 (2011)

2011 | R | Horror, Thriller
92 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Final Destination 5 Review


Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death.

Final Destination 5 (2011) is a 1h 32-min American supernatural 3D horror film that was the fifth installment of the Final Destination film series. Director Steven Quale (Into the Storm (2014), Avatar (2009), Titanic (1997)) did an excellent job executing this film that follows the same plot of the previous movies. The movie had an estimated budget of $40 million and grossed over $157.9 million at the box office. I was not too excited after hearing that there will be the fifth installment in this series, but I have to admit that the movie was more than I expected and was an amazing 3D experience.

Final Destination 5 revolves around a few people who cheated death and death is now coming for them in the most horrific manner possible. Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto - Fired Up! (2009), Rocket Science (2007), Election (1999)) gets a premonition that something fatal is about to happen and warns everyone to leave. Everyone manages to escape from the bridge and watch the disastrous event unfold in front of them. Death comes after them since they basically cheated death because of the warning from Sam. The bridge collapsing scene was one magnificent scene as it crumbles and the cars fall into the river with a lot of people meeting their death.

Sam is being questioned by police officers because they want to know how exactly he knows what was about to happen or happened. They implied that Sam might be responsible for the bridge collapsing leading Agent Block (Courtney Vance - Terminator Genisys (2015), The Hunt for Red October (1990), 12 Angry Men (1997)) to follow Sam around. Block is not the only following Sam as the County Coroner Bludworth (Tony Todd - The Man from Earth (2007), The Rock (1996), Candyman (1992), Platoon (1986)) is always there when one of Sam’s friends dies.

Bludworth tells the friends that “Death doesn’t like to be cheated” and walks away whistling. Sam and his friends demanded Bludworth to tell them what he knows about the survivors dying after they see him again. He told them that Death cannot be cheated, but it can be tricked if they kill someone else to replace their death then Death will grant that person’s lifespan onto his/her killer. It raises questions such as will a person kill someone if it meant saving his/her life?

The death scenes are the most creative so far in the franchise, but that is all I am going to say because I do not want to spoil the death scenes which are incredibly well-done with its gruesomeness and goriness. There was blood everywhere, but it was not overdone, and the incredible 3D effects make it all the better. The open scenes display some of the best 3D I have ever seen. The film had a lot of good things aiming in its direction with a solid script, phenomenal acting, exceptional directing, brilliant quality, and a fantastic, spectacular ending. Final Destination 5 was an ironic and graphic twist and the best in its franchise with a nice pace that never slows down.

About Final Destination 5 (2011)

Title: Final Destination 5
Original Title: 5nal Destination
Year: 2011
Runtime: 92 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Tony Todd, Michael Adamthwaite, Mike Dopud, Crystal Lowe, David Koechner, Chelan Simmons, Devon Sawa, Arlen Escarpeta, Dawn Chubai, Stephanie Honoré, Roman Podhora, Kristen Cloke, Kerr Smith, Ian Thompson, Chasty Ballesteros, Mark Holden, Brent Stait, Amanda Detmer, Andy Nez, Forbes Angus, P.J. Byrne, June B. Wilde, Courtney B. Vance, Nicholas D'Agosto, Barclay Hope, Tanya Hubbard, Frank Topol, Tim Fellingham, Blaine Anderson, Emma Bell
Writers: Eric Heisserer, Jeffrey Reddick
Director: Steven Quale

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