A plane wreck, a freeway pile-up, a roller coaster malfunction and a deadly race car accident have all been the pinnacle for launching a franchise. Just when you think that you are safe from death, “Final Destination 5” is coming to get you.
In this latest installment, it’s 12 years after the crash of Flight 180 and Sam Lawton (Nicholas D’Agosto) saves his coworkers from a terrifying bridge collapse after experiencing a premonition of their deaths. Soon after that, Sam and his girlfriend Molly (Emma Bell) figure out that although they escaped death, he is coming to collect their souls. As we have seen in the past four films, no matter where you run or hide, in the end no one can cheat death — which means this ill-fated group of friends must race against time to save their own lives.
I can’t say I’m surprised that there is another installment gearing-up to hit theaters (and, of course, it had to be in 3D). These films are fun and thrilling to watch, but after the first two they seemed to just become monotonous in their plot and the way they killed off the characters. The second was probably my favorite of the franchise so far. I just loved the scene on the highway when the main character Kimberly sees the accident and how these enormous trees fall of the logging truck and decimate everybody on the freeway. Although the movies have since become generic, there is still an amount of intrigue that will get me to go see it, hoping that it will be better than “The Final Destination.”
One very important piece that will help this movie bring in fans of the previous installments is its inclusion of Tony Todd, who plays Bludworth, the mortician who knows a little too much about death and its motives. While he is usually just in a single scene to give advice or be asked questions by those being stalked by death, it appears according to the trailer that Bludworth might have a larger and more pivotal role throughout the film.
One last quick observation: Aafter the first film’s plane crash, each subsequent film’s accident has revolved around cars. First, it was a freeway crash, then a rollercoaster car malfunction, then a race car and now it’s cars on a collapsing bridge. Is this a coincidence or do the writers simply not have any original ideas left to use?
Love it or hate it, will you see “Final Destination 5” in theaters? Let us know in the comment section.
“Final Destination 5” stars Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Tony Todd, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Courtney B. Vance, Miles Fisher, P.J. Byrne, David Koechner and Ellen Wroe.
As always the film is made by New Line Cinema and will break its way into theaters August 12th, 2011.
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