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Final Destination 5 Film Review

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Final Destination 5 is unlikely to win any awards for the best horror film of the year, but it could very easily win one for best comedy. The fifth film in the Final Destination franchise is a fun film to watch, but not one that delivers many scares. While seeing the film in 3D does little to enhance the film, it is clearly made to be viewed in 3D and many of the gruesome deaths seem pointless without it.

In the film a group of employees head out on a team building retreat. While on the bus ride there Sam, one of the employees, has a vision of a bridge disaster that leaves himself and all of his employees dead. He warns the bus of the impending danger, and him and seven other employees survive while the bridge collapses around them. As with all of the Final Destination films the survivors soon learn that death does not like being cheated, and one by one they start dying in very horrific ways.

While the film is touted as a horror film, the whole cinema seemed to feel that it should sit well within the comedy genre. Extensive foreshadowing precedes every death, and each death produced many laughs rather than screams. Unlike some horror films that are more painful than scary, this actually works quite well with Final Destination 5. The film feels very self aware, and the ridiculous death scenarios seem to have been crafted to bring laughs.

The film uses 3D about as often as it can, mainly in an effect to make the deaths even more horrific. As the majority of the characters die twice during the film, this is really milked for all it is worth. From a body pierced by a boats mast, to others skewered by falling poles, the writers try and think up as many ridiculous and gruesome ways for these characters to die. None of the characters are particularly likeable, so through most of the film you sit there anticipating the way that each one will die.

The first Final Destination film was released in 2000, and after 11 years the only real change is that the team have worked out new ways for these doomed souls to die. The film ends with a montage of all of the inventive deaths throughout the Final Destination franchise, which just cements the idea that these films are more about the gore than anything else.

If you're looking for a film to give you nightmares, then give this one a miss and find something else to watch. If all you're after is a light hearted watch that requires very little tinkling, this is the perfect film to watch. Anyone who gets queazy at the faintest sight of blood, even if it isn't particularly realistic, should also probably consider seeing a different film.

The film is rated MA15 , so any children under the age 15 will need to be accompanied by an adult. While the film is free from sexual references or drug use, there is still strong violence, blood, and gore, so parents should make up their own mind about whether this is a suitable for their children. Final Destination 5 will be showing at all major cinemas across Australia, in both 3D and 2D.

This is definitely not going to be the film of the year, but it is a fun, lighthearted watch. Fans of the Final Destination franchise will especially enjoy this film, just try not to go in with too high expectations.
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Why? A horror film that delivers more laughs than screams
When: Opens 1st September
Where: A cinema near you
Cost: Varies
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