#199 / 365 – ‘Final Destination 5′ – 92 mins
Cinema Challenge #80 / 115
In “Final Destination 5,” Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.
As the popular saying goes “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it” and the Final Destination team certainly don’t risk tinkering with the winning formula that has severed them well in the previous Final Destination outings, and despite a definitive ‘The’ in the title of the fourth instalment, $186 million in box office takings worldwide, means death as been brought back to life again.
After a cool opening credits sequence involving glass repeatedly shattering in slow-motion and in dreaded 3D, which I’m happy here and throughout it works impressively well for once. After a bit of needless character development and personal backstory (lets face it that’s not what these movies are about). The action moves swiftly on to a stunning and riveting disaster suspension bridge scene, and this is something you would expect from no less the master of disaster himself, Roland Emmerich (‘The Day After Tomorrow’), and not something from first time director Stephen Quale – an impressive way to make your full directorial debut.
From here you are then severed with various and inventive death scenes involving, knives, bones, lasers, acupuncture needles and the odd eyeball, and these killings on the unsuspecting souls are throughout staged with a level of tenseness, inventiveness and an enormous degree of ‘fun’. Whilst Final Destination 5 is no classic, the acting is still awful rubbish, but it delivers in the manner in which we expect it too, and this is where the film somewhat succeeds. We can only wonder if there will be a sixth outing. But then with an $18m box office opening weekend; it’s not a matter of if, it’s a case of when Death will be making a reappearance again.