Final Destination 5
Final Destination 5
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steven Quale Produced by Craig Perry
Written by Eric Heisserer Based on Characters by
Starring Nicholas D'Agosto
Music by Brian Tyler Cinematography Brian Pearson Editing by Eric Sears Studio New Line Cinema
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Release date(s) August 12, 2011 Running time 92 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $40 million Box office $157,887,643
Final Destination 5 is a 2011 supernatural horror film written by Eric Heisserer and directed by Steven Quale. It is the fifth installment in the Final Destination film franchise and stars Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, and Tony Todd (who is the only returning cast member of the series).
A group of co-workers are gathering for a company retreat. The group includes Sam Lawton (Nicholas D'Agosto), who desires to have an apprenticeship in Paris; his best friend Peter Freidkin (Miles Fisher); Peter's girlfriend Candice Hooper (Ellen Wroe); and office assistant Olivia Castle (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood). Along for the trip are Molly Harper (Emma Bell), Sam's girlfriend, Peter's co-workers Isaac Palmer (P.J. Byrne) and Nathan Sears (Arlen Escarpeta), and their boss Dennis Lapman (David Koechner), but no one cares about who all is on the trip with them. While they cross the North Bay Bridge, Sam receives a premonition that it will collapse when their bus is still on it, killing everyone apart from Molly. In panic, he grabs Molly and gets off the bus. Peter, Candice, Olivia, Nathan, Isaac, and Dennis follow. The bridge collapses as Sam foresaw, but this time they have been spared. Following the memorial service, local coroner William Bludworth (Tony Todd) mysteriously warns the survivors that they cheated Death. They ignore his warnings and move on with their lives.
Later, Candice goes to gymnastics practice with Peter, only to be killed when she snaps her spine after flipping off the highbars. The next day, Isaac is killed when his head is crushed by a falling Buddha statue during an acupuncture session at a Chinese spa. Bludworth, who has been present for both deaths so far, tells the remaining survivors that if they wish to cheat Death, they must each kill someone who was never meant to die on the bridge, and thereby claim their remaining lifespan. Sam and Molly suspected that Olivia is next and she's in danger, who has gone for laser eye surgery. They arrive at the clinic but are too late to see her fall to her death from a window onto a car's windshield. Later, after Sam and Molly studied Death's design, they notice that Nathan is next on Death's list.
Meanwhile, Nathan, who has returned to the plant, accidentally kills his antagonistic co-worker Roy (Brent Stait) during an argument between the two when he shoves him in the path of a hook, impaling his head. Nathan relays this information to the remaining survivors, who suggest that it means Nathan was successfully able to claim Roy's remaining lifespan and thus was skipped over. When Dennis arrives to question Nathan about the incident, he is suddenly killed when a stray wrench is launched by a belt sander and penetrated through his head.
That evening, Sam's mentor allows him to become an apprentice in Paris. He allows Sam to have the restaurant to himself for a date with Molly. Peter, who has now been driven paranoid and insane by Candice's death, interrupts the date in order to inform them that he nearly pushed a stranger in front of a truck after convincing himself that he would be able to kill someone else in order to take their lifespan; subsequently, he has decided to kill Molly and take her remaining lifespan for himself. After drawing a gun and firing shots, Sam and Molly both escape to the restaurant's kitchen. Nearby outside, Agent Block (Courtney B. Vance) overhears the shots and enters the restaurant. He arrives during the confrontation, but is shot and killed by Peter. Believing he is now safe from Death for taking Block's lifespan, he decides to kill both Molly and Sam to remove any witnesses. After some struggling, Sam kills Peter with a meat spit before he can harm Molly.
Two weeks later, Sam and Molly are boarding a plane to Paris. As they are taking their seats, a fight breaks out between two passengers, revealed to be Carter Horton and Alex Browning being kicked out of the plane. The plane takes off, revealed to be Flight 180, which starts to break up in mid-air. Realizing that they are too late to save themselves, both were killed in resulting order.
Meanwhile, at Roy's memorial, Nathan learns from a co-worker that Roy had a brain aneurysm that doctors said could have killed him at any moment. As Nathan realizes the repercussions of this information, the flaming landing gear from Flight 180 crashes through the roof of the building and crushes him. Leading to the event of the first film.
- Nicholas D'Agosto as Sam Lawton
- Emma Bell as Molly Harper
- Miles Fisher as Peter Friedkin
- Ellen Wroe as Candice Hooper
- Jacqueline MacInnes Wood as Olivia Castle
- P. J. Byrne as Isaac Palmer
- Arlen Escarpeta as Nathan Sears
- David Koechner as Dennis Lapman
- Courtney B. Vance as Agent Jim Block
- Tony Todd as William Bludworth
- Brent Stait as Roy
Final Destination cameos (footage)
- Devon Sawa as Alex Browning
- Ali Larter as Clear Rivers
- Kerr Smith as Carter Horton
- Amanda Detmer as Terry Chaney
- Chad Donella as Tod Wagnerr
- Kristen Cloke as Valerie Lewton
- Seann William Scott as Billy Hitchcock
Alan Horn, the head of Warner Bros., confirmed at ShoWest in March 2010 that Final Destination 5 was in works at ShoWest. Producer Craig Perry later added that the film will be shot in 3D. Eric Heisserer was announced as screenwriter in April 2010. The studio initially picked August 26, 2011 as the release date but later changed it to August 12, 2011. In June 2010, New Line Cinema announced that Steven Quale would direct.
In August 2010, actor and musician Miles Fisher was the first to be cast in Final Destination 5. Three days after Fisher's casting, Arlen Escarpeta, joined the film. In late August 2010 Nicholas D'Agosto, Ellen Wroe and Meghan Ory were. One day later, Tony Todd, from the first three installments, joined the film.
On August 30, 2010, David Koechner and P. J. Byrne were announced to have joined the cast. On September 2, Emma Bell was cast as the female lead; Molly. In mid-September both Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Courtney B. Vance joined the main cast.
Final Destination 5 ranked #3 at the weekend box office with $18.4 million behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($27.5 million), which holds the top spot for two weeks, and The Help ($25.5 million). It was also the third biggest Final Destination opening to date behind 2009's The Final Destination ($27.4 million) and 2006's Final Destination 3 ($19.1 million). Final Destination 5 grossed $42,587,643 domestically, and a strong $115.3 million overseas, bringing its total to $158,887,643 worldwide, making it the second highest grossing in the franchise.
The film received generally positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 61% of 117 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 5.8 out of 10, making it the first and as of yet only installment of the series to garner a "fresh" certification. It's currently the highest rated film in the series on the site. The site's consensus is, "It's still only for the gore-thirsty faithful, but Final Destination 5 represents a surprising return to form for the franchise". On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 50 based on 24 reviews. The film was criticized for failing to bring anything new to the franchise, weak character development, and average dialogue. Though the reception to acting has been largely mixed, most positive reviews praised the film for being an improvement over the previous installment in the series, The Final Destination. Reviews also praised the use of 3D, the visual effects, the inventive death scenes, the return of suspense as opposed to a campy feel, and for both the premonition disaster sequence and the ending.
Richard Roeper stated in his review "From the opening credits to the final kill this film displays a great use of 3-D." Todd Gilchrist of Boxoffice Magazine has declared the film in his review for being "the best 3D horror movie ever made." He described Final Destination 5 as "a clean, glossy thriller shot in native 3D (not post-conversion) that maximizes the technology without straining the audience's credulity or their constitutions." He also stated "Calling anything the 'best 3D horror film' has the ring of crowning the world's tallest midget, but Quale uses 3D almost shockingly well." In a review for Toronto.com, Linda Barnard has stated "this could be a case where the 3-D-shot movie is worth the extra few bucks to see".
The visual effects were praised for improving on the weak CGI from the previous installment. Betty Jo Tucker of ReelTalk Movie Reviews said in her review "The film boasts some of the best visual effects ever, especially the bridge-crumbling sequence at the beginning of the film." In his review of Final Destination 5, Roger Ebert said "...the special effects do an excellent job of beheading, incinerating, vivisecting, squishing and so on." "Final Destination 5 contain some of the most fun effects ever seen that purely enhance the thrills and bloody spills, rather than detract from them," stated Lisa Giles-Keddie from uk.real.com.
The death scenes in the film have been praised as being suspenseful, creative and shocking. Shockya.com said the deaths "are absolutely brilliant when it comes to building suspense". "The suspense comes from the ingenious methods that the characters meet their end" stated another reviewer from shockya.com. Boxoffice magazine said in praise "viewers connect to both the relatable pain of everyday injury and the gory gratification of a well-constructed, larger-than-life set piece." Nj.com has said "Admitted, there is a certain inventiveness to the way director Steven Quale stages the violence." San Francisco Chronicle said that the characters are "killed in gruesome and spectacular ways." The gymnastic set piece has been praised as "anxiety-filled", "a beautiful example of successful comic suspense", "Hitchcockian edge-of-your-seat suspense", and "inventively grotesque". Film.com stated in their review "The subsequent deaths are hit-or-miss, but they all show some creative spark. Quale sets them up like a cross between a joke and a magic trick, carefully establishing crucial details."
The opening bridge collapse has garnered considerable critical praise, with many stating it as being on par with the pile up sequence from Final Destination 2. It has been said to be "one of the single best sequences of any film all year" by Boxoffice magazine. Uk.real.com stated that the opening bridge collapse sequence is "beautifully directed and choreographed". Eric D. Snider has stated in his review for Film.com that "The opening premonition is nerve-janglingly effective." The New York Post has called the bridge collapse sequence "spectacular", and Daily News has call it "terrifying". USA today has commented on the sequence "The effect is terrific and reminiscent of the bridge destruction from Mission: Impossible III." Betsy Sharkey, a Los Angeles Times film critic stated in her negative review "I will say, the bus, and the bridge it must cross, does make for a pretty incredible wham-bam opening sequence," she further adds "The big crumble is a stunner of an opener." In a review for MSN.com, Kat Murphy said "the fifth chapter starts out with a slambang catastrophe", then stated that the bridge collapse is "Skillfully orchestrated," and "this sequence is actually enhanced by 3-D: Holes in the disintegrating bridge seem to pull the gaze down -- dizzyingly -- to the river below, and jagged camera angles on hanging railings and sliding debris muddle our sense of what's up, what's down." The Hollywood Reporter praised "This film’s opening sequence is undeniably spectacular." Aaron Hillis from The Village Voice called the bridge collapse "breathtakingly staged". The Advocate stated that "Director Steve Quale and writer Heisserer stage the bridge’s collapse in swift but exacting detail." The Austin Chronicle said the bridge collapse sequence is "spectacularly gruesome".
Warner Home Video has announced a December 27, 2011 release for the Final Destination 5 in 3D and 2D DVD and Blu-ray with Apollo 18.
The soundtrack to Final Destination 5 was released physically on the 16th of August in 2011, four days after the release of the film. The soundtrack contains 19 tracks composed by Brian Tyler, music composer of The Final Destination. It is also the second Final Destination soundtrack album to be released.
Final Destination 5 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Film score by Brian Tyler Released 8/16/11 Length 68:58 Label JVC, Sony Music Australia
- "Main Title" (3:47)
- "Fates Bridge" (6:31)
- "Repercussions" (4:06)
- "Kill or Be Killed" (4:30)
- "Cheating Death" (2:13)
- "Bludworth" (2:43)
- "Death's Work" (10:12)
- "Olivia" (1:35)
- "Eye Can't See No Good" (4:16)
- "The Gift Certificate" (2:50)
- "Meet the Gang" (1:10)
- "Hook in Mouth" (2:09)
- "Isaac's Got a Point" (2:08)
- "Recognition" (0:59)
- "Mystery" (2:47)
- "Bend Over Backwards" (4:38)
- "The Order of Death" (7:20)
- "Plans Within Plans" (3:45)
- "Infinite Finale" (1:31)
Commercial songs from film, but not on soundtrack
- "I Will Buy You a New Life", by Everclear
- "Dust in the Wind", by Kansas
- "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", by AC/DC
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