But other than a couple memorable deaths (I still love part two's opening log accident the most) the series, though entertaining on some levels, became lazy, uninspired and eventually soulless. Horror sequels are horror sequels but with an equation like the one they have here you really should be able to push the envelope a little farther or at least explore different avenues in a more creative fashion. That said this newest fifth instalment brings the pain much like the original with strong characters that end up meaning something to you, a clever storyline (I loved the new idea about taking someone else's life) that ties in with the original one to create a very magical ending, and a series of deaths that actually appear to have some thought behind them for a change. I know, I was a little surprised myself.
The cast line up is admitted a strange one but be that as it may, it worked. First we have Nicholas D'Agosto who I enjoyed in TV's HEROES and in the surprisingly funny comedy FIRED UP. I think he realized this was a nice breakout role for him and as such delivered his A game. I also like Emma Bell, who likewise hasn't been in much but her roles in Adam Green's sinfully delicious FROZEN and the first season of THE WALKING DEAD clearly turned enough heads to get her here and she also doesn't disappoint. Naturally there's a slew of throwaway characters here as well, but the other magical face happens to belong to (the man) Tony Todd. His character might not have a lot of screen time but he's a foreboding presence that blends in nicely with the film's brooding tension.
FINAL DESTINATION 5 was one hell of a ride for a sequel so far into the series, and I almost can't believe I'm going to write this, but the 3D end of things actually worked well for a change (I particularly dug the opening shattering sequences as well as the homage to the many deaths from the series at the end of the film). Some will no doubt throw this series into the same bundle as the SAW films due to the string of deaths, blood and gore. I can understand that, but as a horror fan who enjoys both these franchises I can honestly say they're very different. This sequel gets some high praise though, higher than I anticipated giving it because I felt satisfied (mainly due to the sweet ending). Of course, it almost seems like Hollywood is putting more effort into sequels lately (FAST FIVE ) because I think they're starting to realize how fed up we're getting with remakes. Whatever the reason, I like it and I hope the trend continues.
Alternate Death Scenes: Maybe it's me, but I'm not seeing much difference here. A flash or two I suppose, but it's not like they reinvented any wheels here. What a shame.
Visual Effects of Death: Collapsing Bridge: The bridge scene was pretty badass and like all FD set catalyst set pieces, we get a behind the scenes look at how the magic came to life. It's pretty pimp, but I'm still a big fan of the part 2's log accident.
Visual Effects of Death: Airplane Crash: Since this scene comes from the first film, it's already been explained but it's still cool to take a quick second to recap.
Previews: There are a slew of trailers, some BD-LIVE content as well as a Digital Copy of the film.