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