If you are a fan of the Final Destination films then you know what to expect from this fifth installment of the death franchise. If you’re not a fan, here’s the lowdown. A group of 20 something friends/colleagues are off to a retreat with their boss. While on the bus to the retreat, one of them, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto), dreams that the bridge they have to cross to get to there is going to collapse and they will all die. When Sam wakes, the bus is about to cross that very bridge. He freaks out and warns everyone to get off the bus with him. Even though they think he is mad, his friends and boss follow. Lucky for them they did, as the poor unfortunates who stayed on board suffer some of the most gruesome deaths.
Thinking they were lucky to survive, the group happily go about their lives. However, they soon learn that death is not happy that they got away and is tracking them down one by one. Can the survivors cheat death, or will death ensure that they all meet their match in the most gruesome way possible.
The cast is made up of mainly young, good looking people. You can tell that some of them were cast for their looks alone, as at times the acting is very hammy. That said, hammy is what is asked for in this film as it is not really about the story.
Although, the film does try to have a bit of a plot, even throwing in a twist towards the end. The problem is that the twist doesn’t really work, it just changes the tone of the film. It goes from being a ridiculous, over the top, death fest to something serious? This was not necessary. The audience has not come to see that.
This film is not for the faint hearted. It’s not so much scary as it is gory. From word go, audiences are treated to some of the bloodiest and disgusting deaths seen on the big screen. Just when you think it couldn’t get any more gory, it does.
Not only are the deaths gory, but they are in 3D. For once, a film has finally put 3D to good use. Final Destination 5 uses 3D in the fun gimmicky way that it is meant to be used! This use of 3D will have audiences jumping higher and screeching louder than usual. They will not be disappointed with the amount of things flying out at them from the screen. Right from the opening titles there is shattered glass, blood and weapons flying out at the audience, and this continues through to the final scene.
Final Destination 5 is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are a fan of slash/gore films this will be a fun 3D experience/time at the cinema for you. Everyone else stay away.
If you don’t want to check out the cast in Final Destination 5, you may want to check them out in this Saved By The Bell spoof.