Final Destination 5
Director: Steve Quale
Stars: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarpeta
There’s something delightfully straightforward about the Final Destination franchise, a series that knows what it is and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. It also knows why you’re here: to see a group of witless young adults miraculously cheat death, only to have it catch up with them one by one in ever-more complex ways.
The biggest surprise is that, five films in, the franchise is actually at its best, managing to work in macabre laughs and a clever twist that rewards eagle-eyed viewers. But what about those infamous death scenes? Some are more elaborate than others, but all are executed with delicious tension and teasing.
Let’s just say you’ll never watch a gymnastics contest the same way.