Final Destination 5: Death Has Never Been Closer (2011)

Posted: August 12, 2011 in Horror, Thriller

“Death is coming for you” is the motto for this story. When Sam Lawton has a premonition on the way to a company retreat, he uses the signs to get his coworkers and peers to follow him off the bus. Behind him, a suspension bridge collapses into the river below, leaving the group stunned as to how they survived. Suspected of foul play due to his police statement, Agent Block starts an investigation into the true cause of the collapse, ignoring the official report. The survivors gather at the funeral for their fallen peers, where Sam has a quick encounter with the ominous William Bludworth. Suddenly one by one, the survivors meet a tragic fate at the hands of the aggravated death.

Starring: Nicholas D’Agosto (Sam Lawton), Emma Bell (Molly Harper), Miles Fisher (Peter Friedkin), Ellen Wroe (Candice Hooper), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Olivia Castle), PJ Byrne (Isaac Palmer), Arlen Escarpeta (Nathan), David Koechner (Dennis), Courtney B. Vance (Agent Jim Block), Tony Todd (William Bludworth)

While the cast delivers solid moments of fear, despair and frustration, there are only a few actors worth noting. Miles Fisher, the young Tom Cruise lookalike, serves as the emotionally destroyed member of the group who has moments of pure insanity, giving a little value to the overall group’s acting. Tony Todd serves as the only returning member of the series, giving a sense of continuity to the storyline (though there is more to the connections than just his performance).

The brains behind Final Destination, Jeffrey Reddick, in association with director Steven Quale, have produced yet another gruesome addition to the blood-spilling series. When it was believed that The Final Destination would be the last one, the surprise was announced. While the scenes are not necessarily more complicated or complex, they have a heightened sense of goriness and a solid sense of suspense. Everything starts off in similar fashion with the premonition that causes the panic and the wrinkle in death’s plan. This time around, each individual death is made to be more gruesome than the previous films have shown. The tanning bed scene from the third movie still stands as arguably one of the difficult to watch death scenes, but a few of the characters in this edition have some very disturbing things happen to them on the way to their death.

The premise of the film as more of a prequel attempts to return the feeling of the film back to the original. The older cell phones, lack of internet use and inability for the characters to quickly understand their fate forces the film to have more natural character development and progression, rather than a quick web search for evading death and disasters. This does unfortunately force William Bludworth to divulge the challenge significantly sooner than some of the other films. There is a new element of acknowledging how killing someone replaces your life in death’s plan, but it makes the rest of the film way too predictable when making connections with the previous ones in the series.

It is significantly gruesome and a little shocking, but the film has a decent enjoyable quality that will periodically have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out how death will enact its plan.

Dan’s Rating: 2.5/5

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