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"Final Destination 5" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

In "Final Destination 5," Death is just as omnipresent as ever, first revealing its menacing reality to a group of coworkers headed for a corporate retreat. During the bus ride, Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) has a premonition in which he and most of his friends, as well as numerous others, die in a horrific bridge collapse. When his vision ends, events begin to mirror what he had seen, and he frantically ushers as many of his colleagues?including his friend, Peter (Miles Fisher), and girlfriend, Molly (Emma Bell)?away from the disaster before Death can claim them. But these unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group tries to discover a way to escape Death's sinister agenda. No matter where you run, no matter where you hide...you can't cheat death. Or can you?

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 42 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe
  • Directed by Steven Quale
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I’ve seen the first Final Destination film, but none of the films since then.  With the same premise as the previous films, this one continues in the same basic premise: People avoid death, death comes looking for them, and they all start to die and become paranoid as it happens.  It is safe to say that if you enjoyed the first movies, you will find this one enjoyable as well, and it manages to wrap them all together well so this is likely the last.

What was a bit confusing to me was that there was a long credits sequence at the start with objects breaking glass that confused me for a bit, until I realized it was meant to be seen in 3D just for the effect.  Many of the deaths were designed to be seen in 3D as well, but I only had the 2D version of the film.  It was shot in native 3D and not a post-processing conversion from 2D, so the 3D quality should be better than most films, but I can’t attest to that since I only saw it in 2D.  It’s good that they designed it with 3D in mind instead of converting it afterwards to be able to charge more.

Technical

The image quality was often good with periods of great, but not as consistently great as some titles are.  It was still a very good transfer, with nice shadow detail and textures that often were very detailed, but some shots were a little softer than others.  The audio was good, but didn’t take full advantage of the surrounds I felt.  The opening bridge collapse should have really been a spectacle that really sucked you in, but it didn’t seem to do that as well as it could.

Extras

Alternate Death Scenes, Visual Effects of Death and Circle of Death featurettes, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy.