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  • Summary: Death makes a killing in the next installment in the horror series which once again proves that no matter where you run, no matter where you can't cheat death. (Warner Bros.)

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Aug 11, 2011
    Aside from the showy, overwrought credits sequence, it's silly and self-conscious and still scary as hell.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 11, 2011
    Final Destination 5 is irresistible, and the reason it's irresistible is that it speaks to us in the language we all understand, which is fear.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Aug 11, 2011
    This latest entry in the 11-year-old horror series duly adheres to tradition by providing inventively grisly demises for various characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Aug 11, 2011
    Director Steven Quale is economical: He ditches plot altogether, delivering instead nothing but set pieces. He does come up with a few genuinely creepy moments of Hitchcockian edge-of-your-seat suspense and a few very inventive deaths.
  5. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 12, 2011
    Periodically, thanks to the 3-D, a long and pointy object emerges from the screen, threatening to impale the viewers through their eyeballs, enhancing the movie's guilty pleasure by reminding us that we, too, are made of vulnerable flesh and bone.
  6. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Aug 10, 2011
    While FD5 is less generic and less facilely goofy and ironic than past series installments, it's still a rote execution of formula that scores its biggest points with self-aware references to its predecessors - including a closing-credits montage of kills from Final Destinations past.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 11, 2011
    The cheap thrills wear off way fast, and we're left with atrocious acting, feeble writing and clueless directing (from first-timer Steven Quale). The horror! The horror!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 57
  2. Negative: 11 out of 57
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    One of the greatest films, with better acting and script than some of the previews ones (The Final Destination). Very good special effects and the 3D. The opening sequence was awesome, and the deaths where very scary with alot of suspense. One of the best of the franchise!!! :D Final Destination 5 Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2011
    A story little weak, but exciting, you're faced with an entirely new complex of suspense, which I never saw, in a way I am happy to say that the film was higher than the previous, well done, very well structured, unlike pecimos previous films David R Ellis, final destination 5 reveals that it is possible to continue without a interrompela saga, with a poorly made film and silly as The final destination, like it has a touch darker than the fear at first, but it comforts you to know that in one way or the other has a happy ending. Expand
  3. Feb 27, 2013
    The final film in the series, well for now anyway, certainly ends with a bang! It probably earns points just for that twist, but as a whole it's a much better film than the fourth and just as good as the first. The corny factor is toned down a little now which is good, and while it's still 'death' killing the deaths are a little more realistic. The acting/characters are also a lot better so improvements were made to make this the best of the series, and overall what a great series they were! Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. As the incoming waves ripple nearby, an exhausted knight, recumbently inacitve on a rock-laden shoreline, starts to question the legitimacy of the cross, so proudly embossed on his chain mail vest, as he stares vacantly at god's kingdom, where from his vantage point on the primordial beach, sees only clouds and sky, and an eagle traversing across a gutted sky, recently secularized by the knives of devotional uncertainty. Next, he washes his face in the ocean, violently shaking off the **** from righteous hands which killed in god's name; red-stained hands that are guilty of spilling Muslim blood across a European battlefield. If Antonius Block, the skeptical mounted soldier in Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal", had the gift of premonition to foresee his own demise, like Alex Browning from the original "Final Destination", would he have bowed out of the crusade, and encourage his squire Jons, already a full-blown infidel, to do so likewise? For the sake of argument, let's say that Antonius cheated his ill-fated outcome, prompting death to come for the knight, who deserted the ongoing clash, thereby messing with the Grim Reaper's wicked designs. Newly informed by the "Final Destination" films, Antonius gets cast in a new light when death pays the knight a visit, solving, for some, a long-standing question as to why the shrouded figure comes for the crusader now, having just survived the most perilous of situations, only to be sentenced, somewhat unfairly, during peacetime. Like the bridge that collapses in "Final Destination 5", the unsavory side of life goes on, with or without Sam and his co-workers, as was the case with the Ninth Crusade, which when filtered through "Final Destination" and its sequels, continued on without the knight and his squire's participation. Antonius doesn't seem at all surprised by his black company, conceding that this expropriation was long in the making. "My flesh is afraid, but I am not," replies Antonius to death's question about his departure from the corporeal world, a blatant lie that directly addresses the disgraced knight's conflicting spirituality. Antonius, plagued with doubts about the existence of heaven, challenges the darkest adversary to a game of chess, in order to buy time for his devotional restoration, whose flagging conviction in god led to this crusader's resignation from the ranks of the soldiered brethren. For the knight, the visage on the witch's face, as the men prepare to burn the young girl at the stake, looks all-too-familiar. "Her poor mind is making a discovery," observes the squire. Antonius knows. He has seen the "emptiness", on the battlefield. Interestingly enough, "Final Destination 2" proposes the same godless diegesis as "The Seventh Seal", when during the film's opening credits, a talk-show guest differentiates death from the devil as the unseen malevolent force that struck down the survivors of Flight 180. Instead of chess, in essence, these captive participants are playing hide and seek. Of note, Clear Waters hides out at a mental hospital(and not a church). Moreover, tropes innate to this horror series can be applied retroactively to the Bergman classic. For the time being, death skips Antonius, intervening on the knight's behalf by agreeing to the proposed chess match, so as a result, Skat dies instead, when the black-robed figure fells the tree he was hiding in. It's really no different from the case of Billy, who in the original, gets decapitated near the rails, after Alex pulls Carter out of his car, which he left lying across the railroad tracks, just before the collision which prompts the errant scrap metal toward their once-headed friend's direction. The theater director, who runs off with a blacksmith's wife during his troupe's performance in a small hamlet, was slated to die anyways. Death skips him(and the married woman) because of the squire's calming influence on the cuckolded artisan. Jons also saves a mute girl from being raped and murdered by a corrupt clergyman. However, as death and Antonius near the endgame to their chess match, the black figure says, "No one escapes me,", but Jof and Mia, Skat's actors, give it a go, even though, like the "Final Destination" films, wind signifies death's presence, as they flee by horse and carriage, thanks to the knight who, once again, meddles with the plan by creating a distraction with knocked-over chess pieces. (Alas, the wind will return.) True to his word, Antonius and his friends follow death up a hill to their final destination; their hands interlocked, like a chain. It was predestined, but the knight changed death's plan. Jof sees them from afar. The actor may have been lying about seeing the Virgin Mary, but not this. To the knight's disappointment, in death, he's probably not going to light up like Patrick Swayze in "Ghost". Antonius Block won't be meeting the gymnast, or any of the other eviscerated victims in heaven. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    This is a film that explores that area if 'what if things went left instead of right'-and ends up with some funny results without intending to be funny. is that a good thing? Maybe. Death can only take on the tenor of a joke if we are overexposed to it. The film makes it a laugh to see someone get molten tar poured all over their head. Wouldn't be so funny in real life though. The film has you wondering what will happen next. The only thing I don't like is anything to do with eyeballs. Got that to-unfortunately. Gots that and stuff with tiny needles, large metal tools as well as entire cars coming down on peoples heads. Gimme some popcorn I think I love this movie. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2012
    This 'Final Destination' starts with an effective use of visual effects and thrilling sequences. But that does not make up for the bad acting and ridiculous dialogues that accompanies the entire movie. Expand
  7. Aug 21, 2011
    As soon as it began I thought, "this is so stupid" and this thought is repeated throughout the movie along with a regret for spending money on it. I have seen all the FD. Even after 4, which was pretty bad, I came back to see if this was improved. It was NOT. Full of goriness true, but the story line was horrible, premonitions not believable or along with the great suspense of the main character getting them and trying to stop death from getting the others. And then to add, all of a sudden that they could cheat death by taking another person's life when in FD 2 they had said only a "new life" could break the chain...we all remember the pregnant character Sabella Hudson (portrayed by Justina Machado) was one of the survivors of the Route 23 pile up accident. Isabella was a delievery girl who was also nine months pregnant only to find out it was actually back from death to life...remember Kimberly sacrifices herself for Officer Burke's safety by driving the van she is riding to a lake, however Officer Burke rescues her and sends her to a hospital for recovery. I wondered if the people who wrote 1 and 2 were the same ones that wrote 5..I am officially DONE with Final Destination movies. This was a true disappointment. Expand

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