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FINAL DESTINATION 5 (BLU RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Steven Quale

Starring:
Nicholas Dagosto
Emma Bell
Dave Koechner
Miles Fisher

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A bunch of co-workers hop on a bus for a corporate retreat and one of them has a vision that the suspension bridge they're on is going down. Of course, it does collapse but the folks are able to survive thanks to the premonition. The Final Destination formula kicks in, as death comes back to collect upon his missed opportunity.
Is it good movie?
I'm admittedly a fan of the Final Destination flicks, for the most part. I thought the first one gave us a cool concept, the second one expanded on it a bit more, and the others..well, they're on autopilot.

Don't get me wrong. I don't need a lot of plot in my Final Destination movies but the last couple had people Googling the plot from the previous movies and then just going from there. Also, the last one was the first to be in 3D and ended up looking really hokey and just lacked the proper punch that the series needed.

The Final Destination movies are meant to entertain, shock and disgust, and I'm thrilled to say that this one is arguably the best entry since the very first. Yes, the actors and actresses (all given names of famous horror folk like Hooper and Friedkin) are still young relative unknowns (besides David Koechner and Emma Bell), and they don't add much to the proceedings besides being pretty faces to mangle. They often come off pretty flat and amateurish, but the characters themselves are actually a bit more believable than the last film's, and aren't totally detestable (surprisingly enough). Even resident FD creep Tony Todd shows up again to collect his cash.

Right from the start, I knew that this self-aware series was off on the right foot. The opening credits sequence features a lot of broken glass and lots of instruments of death flying out of the screen towards the viewer. Yes, this is the way Final Destination was meant to be seen in 3D. On top of that, the opening bridge kill is terrifying and sets up the movie well, unlike the ludicrous race scene from 4 and the disappointing roller coaster from 3.

This flick is simply a well-oiled machine, even if the machine is fueled by blood. And we get a lot of blood in our means-to-an-end transitional death scenes. These movies employ the mouse-trap, Rube Goldberg-esque deaths where you watch things knock into each other, fall over and then impale someone. All of the fun is watching the setup and trying to guess how that poor sucker is going to get it. The eye surgery scene is especially fun.

Some of the scenes are tense, others are far more laughable but all will have you playing crime scene detective, trying to figure out what's next.

The bottom line here is that you shoudld get ready for a viciously gory (yeah, this movie is all kinds of nasty) good time that's punctuated with a great ending that works even if you figure it out early (and it provides one of the freshest breaths of creativity this series has seen in awhile).
Video / Audio
FD 5 comes to us with a 2.40:1/1080p hi-def widescreen transfer and looks absolutely fantastic. This is truly a nearly flawless transfer and borders on being demo material. Seriously, this is one of the nicest looking blu-rays I've reviewed in awhile.

Audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and it too is pretty amazing. It hits hard, crisply and clearly so you can hear all of the wet noises shredded bodies make.<
The Extras
Extras aren't overly abundant on this disc, but the first provides about 15 minutes of alternate death scenes, but they really aren't much different from the ones we actually see in the film.

There's also a 5 minute little EPK called Final Destination 5: Circle of Death, Your Final Destination (a little redundant, I know), but at 5 minutes it adds almost nothing to the disc as it tries to connect this film to the others.

My favorite feature was the Visual Effects of Death segments, which involves the side by side splitscreen before and after treatments of the bridge scene and airplane crash. Good stuff.

Also included are a DVD of the film and a digital copy.
Last Call
I had a lot of fun with this movie and thought it served up my Final Destination exactly how I like it. The comedy was right, the gore was plentiful, the "teens" are attractive and the kills are spectacular. If you hate all of these films, this won't change your mind but if you've ever enjoyed one, this is worth your time. Wrap it all up in a gorgeous blu-ray, and you've got yourself a keeper. If only they'd release it in 3D..
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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