"Final Destination 5" is the latest film in this somewhat
interesting franchise. Each film starts out with the main
character having a premonition right before a terrible accident.
He manages to save his friends from the disaster, but it's
not over yet. Eventually, "Death" itself manipulates the
environment in several ways to finish off the survivors.
For example, in the first movie, the group of teens escape
from a terrible airplane explosion. However, "Death" tracks
them down in the order in which they were sitting on the
plane. What I like about this series is that the villain
is not the stereotypical slasher, monster, serial killer,
or demon. The villain is "Death", and it is innovative by
horror movie standards. Nevertheless, the series started
to become stale with each passing sequel. After the last
film, "The Final Destination", I had given up on the series.
However, "Final Destination 5" is the most entertaining
one since the first "Final Destination". This time a group
of friends are going on a company retreat when suddenly
one of them, Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto), has a premonition
that the bus they are traveling on is going to fall off
a collapsing bridge. Sure enough it does, but Sam manages
to get his friends off the bridge in time. Nevertheless,
"Death" will come after them one by one.
The death scenes in this movie are spectacular as they
are over-the-top and entertaining to watch. Compared to
other horror movies these scenes work because they are quick
and painless. In the "Saw" films the death scenes involve
the victim figuring out how to escape traps is shocking
at first. Nevertheless, the novelty wears off real quickly.
The series also returns to some of dark humor of the first
"Final Destination". Plus the opening credits are probably
the best aspect of the movie. Unfortunately, everything
between the manic energy of death scenes is so tedious and
formulaic. There are some clever parts in the script, which
is above the norm in the horror genre. Although the script
is not as clever as "Scream 4", which came out earlier this
year. Still, it is a welcome return to this franchise. ----
The two disc Blu-ray/DVD combo does not come with many
features. In fact there are only three of them. The first
one is "Final Destination 5: Circle of Death, Your Final
Destination", which is interesting because it connects the
fifth film to the first one. Next there are alternate death
scenes, and two Visual Effects of Death Segments (Collapsing
Bridge and Airplane Crash). In addition, the package comes
with a DVD copy of the film and an Ultraviolent Digital
Copy. However, buyer beware! Ultraviolent digital copies
are different from the regular digital copies. I am not
too fond of the new Ultraviolent system, but to find out
all of the details go their website (www.uvvu.com).