On a company team-building outing, a cast of unknowns -- with the exception of David Koechner (The Office) -- end up on a bridge being renovated.
Nicholas D’Agosto’s character, Sam, has a premonition. He panics and everybody piles off the bus. They run for safety, the bridge does a spectacular collapse and everyone lives.
You can’t cheat death. One by one, death catches up with each characters and they perish in creative ways. That’s the formula.
First-time major release director Steve Quale and first feature writer Eric Heisserer do a pretty good job with the predictable premise. And you have the option of seeing their creation in three-dimensions. The 3D is pretty good, too.
Quale starts the film with a long and quite excellent opening sequence that features breaking glass. I suspect it’s to pad his way-too short movie and make you think it’s longer.
Two other sequences work very well. The disaster on the bridge is terrific and lots of fun. So is the death of one of the characters in a segment involving a sharp screw on a balance beam at a gymnastics practice.
Both offer surprises and are nail-chewing perfect.
Beyond that — not so much nail-chewing. The "build the tension to trick you" formula always wears thin quickly in flicks such as this. Final Destination 5 is no exception.
More of the same.
That’s the best description of what some think may be the last in the series. I know. They said that about Final Destination 4. Like the villains in any horror series where dead usually means they’re still alive, finished is never finished.
But this one does take the series full circle. That’s all I’ll say on the topic because it may give a great twist away. That is if you recognize the twist.
If you don’t, the movie is still fairly satisfying if this is your thing.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars
Rated R for mature themes, extreme violence and death. It opens Friday, Aug. 12 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.