Horror. Comedy. These two words pretty much sum up Final Destination 5 in a nutshell. The deaths are gruesome for certain, but the Rube Goldberg method in which the people die in this film is admittedly comedic. As a side note, Final Destination 5 is the prequel to the original Final Destination.
Nicholas D’Agosto plays Sam Lawton, the lead character in this film. Sam sees the original vision of the death of the entire group. His girlfriend, Molly Harper, is played by Emma Bell. Peter Friedkin, Sam’s best friend, is played by Miles Fisher. Nathan, Sam’s other friend, is played by Arlen Escarpeta. Ellen Wroe stars as Candice Hooper, and Olivia Castle is played by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood. Isaac Palmer, the tech support, is played by P.J. Byrne. The boss, Dennis, is played by David Koechner.
As for the other two characters, Agent Jim Black is played by Courtney B. Vance, and Tony Todd reprises his role as William Bludworth.
As Sam Lawton approaches the suspension-bridge in a van for a business group retreat, he has a vision of the death of the entire group with each member successively impaled, burned or other means. He warns them of the danger, and all of them escape. However, as they find out, they cannot cheat Death.
This movie was definitely horror-comedy. The Rube Goldberg manners in which the members of the business group died was entertaining and comedic. Additionally, I wish to preface this review by saying that I have never seen any of the previous Final Destination movies. This movie does have some solid entertainment value, but it won’t any awards. It’s worth a rental but not much more than that.
Verdict (Out of 10)
This movie gets a 6 out of 10. It does have some salvageable entertainment value, but the cast and the plot won’t get any awards. That much is for certain.
- FINAL DESTINATION 5 Blu-ray Review (collider.com)
- Final Destination 5, DVD review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Blu-ray Review: Final Destination 5 (blogcritics.org)