Final Destination 5 film review – Home Entertainment
(Rating: 15, 92 mins) Written by Zen Terrelonge
Starring – Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Tony Todd.
Final Destination, it’s a title that contradicts itself.
Much like The NeverEnding Story ends, the Destination never seems to be Final, particularly as this is the fifth film in the franchise.
This time the horror gorefest is based around a group of 20-somethings that go on a work retreat, however they don’t actually make it to their, um, destination. Ahem.
In typical fashion, the presence of Death is felt lingering around by one individual, Sam (D’Agosto), who urges his colleagues to depart from the enormous suspension bridge that they’re in the process of driving across before something bad happens.
Which it does.
The escape leads to a number of awkward questions, accusatory glances and police involvement, as everyone thinks Sam something of an oddity.
Feeling scorned and shortchanged, the invisible presence of Death begins to pick off each one of the souls he was due to have claimed on the bridge, each more bloody and ridiculous than the last.
Having seen the format before and being familiar with the series, I consider the first three movies to have had an eerie quality to them. The subsequent follow-ups have had a disappointing black comedy essence, particularly The Final Destination (number 4).
Comedy statement said, I enlisted the companionship of my mother to watch 5 with me and she’s never seen any of the films before so had no idea what to expect.
Now, having seen her genuine gobsmacked reaction of sheer horror to the first ‘incident’ on the bridge it confirms two things. 1. The film has life in it for newcomers and 2. I may need professional help for finding disembowelment amusing.
As Death dogs the steps of the survivors, some live in fear, some are skeptical and other don’t give it a second thought so it’s possible viewers may have similar feelings after watching it.
Final Destination 5 is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.