Posted: 12/18/2011


Final Destination 5

by Del Harvey

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The fifth installment of this hugely popular horror franchise is written by Eric Heisserer and directed by Steven Quale and releases on December 27th through iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. The Blu-Ray Combo Pack releases January 24th.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the first four films in the series, it’s that once your number is up, there is no delaying the inevitable. And no denying that you will die in some creatively disgusting way. “Final Destination 5” is no different.

A group of co-workers are gathering for a company retreat. The group includes Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto), who desires to have an apprenticeship in Paris; his best friend Peter Freidkin (Miles Fisher); Peter’s girlfriend Candice Hooper (Ellen Wroe); and office assistant Olivia Castle (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). Along for the trip are Molly Harper (Emma Bell), Sam’s girlfriend, Peter’s co-workers Isaac Palmer (P.J. Byrne) and Nathan Sears (Arlen Escarpeta), and their boss Dennis Lapman (David Koechner).

While they cross the North Bay Bridge, Sam receives a premonition that it will collapse when their bus is still on it, killing everyone apart and except Molly. In panic, he grabs Molly and gets off the bus. Peter, Candice, Olivia, Nathan, Isaac, and Dennis follow. The bridge collapses as Sam foresaw, but this time they have been spared. Following the memorial service, local coroner William Bludworth (Tony Todd) mysteriously warns the survivors that they cheated Death. They ignore his warnings and move on with their lives.

Well, they try to, anyway. Of course, it’s never that easy. But if you like bone-jarring surprises and nasty, truly disturbing scenes of death, this is your cuppa for a cold winter’s evening.

Buy it 12.27.11 on Blu-Ray Combo Pack with UltraViolet Digital Copy and Download to Own.

And, yes, I was truly disappointed when I realized that was “UltraViolet” and not “ultra violent.”

Enjoy your gore.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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