Final Destination 5 DVD REVIEW

Knocking on Death’s door

Sam, Molly, Nathan and Peter wonder who'll buy the farm next.

"Don't worry, if we all hide behind this length of tape we'll be okay."

Release Date: 26 December 2011
2011 | 15 | 88 minutes | £19.99 (DVD)/£24.99 (triple-play Blu-ray)/£29.99 (Blu-ray 3D)
Distributor: Warner Home Video
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, David Koechner, Tony Todd

You know the craic – a bunch of mildly attractive twentysomethings cheat death in an overblown near-disaster, only to fall foul of the Grim Reaper’s icy touch in a series of convoluted Mouse Trap deaths.

The format hasn’t evolved in over a decade. In fact, it’s stagnated. Personality-vacuum victims exist exclusively to be bumped off in humiliating/sadistic fashion, while an identikit plot plays on “repeat” in the background. Part five brings nothing new to the suspiciously wobbly table, but it does earn the franchise a stay of execution by returning a certain level of wit and invention to the series-defining deaths that was absent from its immediate predecessor.

The scale and spectacle of the opening suspension bridge collapse impresses, but annoys in equal measure for those not watching on a fancy-pants 3D TV, as all manner of pointy things try to poke you in the eye. A handful of deaths fall short, but the standouts rank among the series’ best – in particular a toe-curling gymnastics display and a wince-inducing visit to a laser eye surgery clinic.

It fails to breathe new life into a tired franchise, but Final Destination 5 should help the series cheat death for at least another year.

Extras:

On the DVD (rated), just five-minute featurette “Circle Of Death”. The Blu-ray adds dull visual effects comparisons and a pair of nastier alternate endings.

Jordan Farley

For an alternate take, read our theatrical review of Final Destination 5.

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