|Starring||Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, David Koechner, Tony Todd, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood|
|Release||12 AUG (US) 26 AUG (UK) Certificate 15|
Naturally, slower, character-based scenes between the gruesome kill-shots seem to last an eternity, but the moment the lights dim or the candles flicker, it's on. Each one unfolds like a Rube Goldberg machine, unseen cogs plotting and ticking and whirring and conspiring to do as much grievous bodily harm as possible. It's testament to the 2000 original that there's still so much mileage left in the 'death is coming for you' concept 11 years later.
Fivenal Destination has some deadly doozies, too - the gym scene is a nail-biter and the laser eye surgery meltdown is just as pleasant to watch as you might expect. Hooray for 20/20 vision. The cherry on the deathcake is the twist ending - a far more considered and clever denouement than the franchise deserves. Nonsensical? Yes. Cool? Definitely.
The fact that the writers have tried to chest-compress some life into a franchise that could feasibly march on as a zombie for years is heartening, so much so you worry that Final Destination 5 really could be final.
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