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Final Destination 5

Final Destination 5
Starring:
Nicholas D'Agosta, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacquelin Macinnes Wood, P.J. Byrne, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, Courtney B. Vance and Tony Todd


Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 12, 2011 Released by: New Line Cinema

The Final Destination films must be considered as guilty pleasures. What we see is very attractive young people slaughtered in unique ways twice in each film. Each death is so gruesome it becomes comical, and director Steven Quale slowly leads up to each action which allows us to anticipate what will happen and how the slaughter will finally occur.

We know each of the performers will be killed at least once and most two times. The initial action early on in this version takes place on a bridge which is about to collapse. Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosta) sees the future as the bus stops for construction on the bridge he views each of his collogues being sliced or diced as the suspension bridge falls apart. Sam warns his friends and they leave the bus before the breakup of the bridge and they all survive. But we know it won't last long.

One is fried by a laser while undergoing eye surgery, another is folded in half while working in a gym, it happens when a screw works it's self loose on a piece of equipment. One little twist fills this script, the idea that another life can be substituted thereby saving the life of an intended victim of the grim reaper. Even that has a dark consequence for the killer.

For some questionable reason these films appeal. They are not scary; they only bring blood and guts along with burns, broken and sliced bodies along with a great deal of blood. Perhaps the pattern is so far out from reality we can comfortably watch the performers carved up without feeling emotion over their final moments.

As in other versions William Bludworth, the coroner survives, he just picks up the pieces and cleans the set as we wait for the next victim. After all no one except him gets out of Final Destination 5 alive.

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