Words fail them in their suspense, but in case of any of the films from the “Final Destination” series, their title testifies what the whole movie is about. Every film in the series is based on that one same mindset; meddle with death, and its surely going to unleash with a vengeance.
The most astonishing fact is that the very same theme is repeated throughout the progress of every single installment, right down to the newly released 5th sequel in the series. Such monotony would have caused any series to go grounded right from the first sequel, but each of them here turned out to be a box office success. Only the scenario and locations are changed, otherwise each movie always initiates with one person having a vision pre-occurring a real accident and thus succeeding in the effort of saving multiple lives from potential death, only to find each of them dying mysteriously in a sequence.
Final Destination 5 includes a spectacle which has been present in the previous Final Destination movies; a couple caught up in the midst of dying friends and associates, and the main lead of the movie being one among that couple. Whats more, that main lead is the savior who has the vision initially and then witnesses the other entire survivors die before him, one by one. However, the new director Steven Quale adds a feather to his cap by including an additional concept, something which may be regarded as a spoiler for most of the Final Destination fans.
As the mystery of sequential deaths continues to unfold among the remaining survivors, they are instructed by a coroner that there exists a way out of this death rampage; each survivor would need to take the life of someone else in order to obtain the victim’s lifespan for their own. This ‘twist’ further intensifies the proceedings as moral integrity comes to test for each of the characters. Eventually, the very same twist helps making Final Destination 5 make a juicer ending than all its predecessors.
Final Destination 5 adds on its touch of horror with all the blood and gore and additional action sequence scenes resulting in eminent death, direction miles away from the initial Final destinations based on complete suspense and entertaining death scenarios, often mild in nature. Perhaps the reason could be the 3 D effect as well as graphical simulations which enhance the effect. Otherwise, critics have lambasted the chemistry of each characters acting along with his or her script, as if they are mechanically instructed to proceed in their actions. The fear on their faces on the prospect of death does not seem remote to most of the viewers, and that weakness gains more limelight with the intensity of violence each of the death scenes have. All in all, it is in the end the perfect teen flick for inducing a dose of pure horror in scintillating suspense, not to mention the feeling of dread just before each of the survivors die their fateful way.