Release Date: 26th December
Director: Steven Quale
Starring: Nicolas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fischer, David Koechner and Tony Todd
Running Time: 92 mins
We don’t know what’s more preposterous; the fact that the Final Destination franchise has been running for almost ten years now or that Death still has to tie up loose ends via faulty wiring and abandoned liquids. Nevertheless, the sequel to what everyone assumed was The Final Destination has turned up on the shiny disc and for fans of the series they’re going to have their grim appetites met. The rest of us – not so much.
Following on from the same routine as its predecessors, Final Destination 5 sees a group of twenty something’s walk away from a disaster they weren’t supposed to survive. Of course celebrations for their narrow escape are cut short when they all start getting rubbed out through mad circumstances and the final few struggle to dodge deaths clever plans.
In all fairness, the Final Destination films suffered a fate much similar to the Saw franchise, where sequels decided to pay more attention to the gore and diverse deaths then the story which way back when was a good idea. Now the tactics of Death and its plans of who goes next just don’t seem as important and instead we’re given a collection of nasty accidents which just feels tiresome. The one redeeming feature is in the films finale which makes a clever change of routine from the usual routine but it all feels too little, too late making Final Destination 5 proof that this series has been done to death.