(This is part 2 of a two-part review of Final Destination 5. For part 1, please see Final Destination 5 meets expectations, part 1)
Final Destination 5 also sees the return of creepy coroner William Bludworth (actor Tony Todd). The character, who appeared in the first two films, has been one of the few ties linking any of the films together. He is also a human representation of Death for the series, although after five movies we still know almost nothing about him. It would have been nice to learn more about this character, but in the end each FD sequel has been basically a remake of the original. The 3-D effects of FD 5 been praised by some, but to me they didn’t seem especially impressive. There are a few moments when the effects grab you by surprise and jolt you out of your seat, but by and large the effects are merely average.
Just when we thought we had FD 5 figured out, it turns out that FD 5 is actually a prequel to the original, as the surviving FD 5 characters end up perishing on Flight 180. So, the series goes full circle and ends off where it began. It’s interesting to me that FD 5 is the first of the sequels to explicitly revisit the plane crash of Flight 180. Was this at all controversial, considering the proximity of the release date to the 10th anniversary of 9/11? I imagine the original would never have been made if it was produced after 9/11.
After all, how can you reasonably make the argument that nearly 3,000 people were meant to die in the terror attacks? And why those 3,000 people and not others? Was 9/11 also part of Death’s design? Perhaps making a terror attack one of the disasters would breath a little life into the series, as unpleasant as the idea may seem. As it is, though, the FD series seems content with merely treading water until enough people lose interest in the series.
It would seem a logical time to end the series, however there is speculation that back-to-back sequels are in the works if FD 5 is successful. At press time FD 5 has made $36 million domestically. When international sales and dvd/Blue-Ray sales are taken into account, it’s conceivable that the series will continue. If they keep making FD movies, I’ll keep watching them. If this is the last one, that would be fine too. Stay tuned.
Final Destination 5 in 3-D is playing locally in Seattle at AMC Pacific Place 11 and at AMC Loews Oak Tree 6. In Bellevue it is playing at Lincoln Square Cinemas. To purchase tickets in advance visit Fandango.
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