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3.0 out of 5 stars It's really not at all bad, but the franchise has to die, 30 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Final Destination 5 [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
This was really a film to see in 3D in the cinema. The titles sequence is one enormous ad for 3D! It's really well done and adds a lot to the guilty enjoyment pleasure as gore goes flying into the audience. The plot is capably put together and the characters are developed in that brisk, basic, one-dimensional but satisfactory way that we're used to from teen slasher and horror films of the last 15 years. The build ups to the deaths also mostly have good tension, the gymnast girl's being particularly sweaty-palmed! So overall it's a solid enough film, and a decent addition to the series.

However... You cannot help but feel that you've seen it all before. In the first couple of films we could still genuinely feel the suspense, the fear, the bewilderment of the characters as they discovered what was happening and we cackled with secret glee. Here, it's more of 'yay, he's dead! Right, on to the next one'. This is disturbingly callous, but it's how you feel. Oh, they tried to give it a 'rule-changing' twist but it's actually introduced in such a rushed and unbelievably contrived way that it really spoiled it for me. The sinister coroner character played by the Candyman actor just spells out to our clueless heroes in less than a minute not only the basic plot idea but also the 'twist' which, without any build up or back story, is completely ridiculous. Ok, ok, we are talking about a film where death reclaims those who cheated it, but this was too lazy to gloss over. And they all accept it without blinking an eye! The coroner also has nowhere near enough screen time despite being the character with the most horror gravitas. The film would have felt of much higher quality if it was a bit more of a pot-boiler, perhaps with more deaths, giving the main characters more time to figure out what to do. Also, ha!, I've just realised that the second twist at the end actually makes the first one even more silly. You will see...

What FD5 does is make FD1 and 2 into even bigger 'classics'. Those are the ones that you'll want to re-watch. This, although still ok, is more of an excuse to watch some imaginative executions. The competent acting and the 'oh my god!' hook at the end go a long way towards redeeming FD5 but taken in the context of the series this is too close to flogging a dead horse, and if you're watching at home, without 3D, it slips back into mediocre category.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2011 18:46:44 BDT
Will says:
yeah I agree good review. The gymnastic girl's death was kinda funny, the buildup was pretty tense I agree but the actual death was a bit ridiculous lol. Definitely the most memorable one though, the rest were pretty unremarkable..Anyway not bad, good ending which kind of explained that dumb kill or be killed thing that never worked. A bit like the new Scream, definitely not one of the best but good enough to please the average fan I'd say.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2011 00:18:05 BDT
El Zilcho says:
Ha ha, yeah, it was a bit unrealistic but very icky. I was expecting the air con unit to squash her or for it to fall on the beam and catapult her into something. The dream sequence deaths on the bridge were pretty good too. I think they could have made more out of it being a prequel, without revealing the end twist - e.g. do some sinister background story on the coroner..

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 15:47:07 GMT
Joe says:
I agree with you. My favourite is by far the second one, but I didn't find this shocking or funny, yes it was mildly entertaining but I wouldn't choose to watch it again and the idea has just run dry, however the end 20 minutes was a very well done twist, and if it wasn't for that twist, I don't think the film would've been as average as it was.

Posted on 30 Dec 2011 19:21:54 GMT
Dan J Wagner says:
do you have to have a 3D tv to watch the 3D disc?

Posted on 17 Mar 2013 10:46:33 GMT
luke says:
Imo, not worth buying i would barely take it if it was free tbh.
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