Final Destination 5

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Final Destination 5
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Genre: Horror
Running Time: 92 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 12, 2011
Directed by: Steven Quale
Written by: Eric Heisserer
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
New Line Cinema
Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto
Emma Bell
Miles Fisher
Arlen Escarpeta
David Koechner
Tony Todd
Previous film: The Final Destination (on release order)
Next film: Final Destination (Chronologically)
Final Destination 6 (In the works)

Final Destination 5 is a 2011 horror film directed by Steven Quale. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was the first film in the series not to be distributed by New Line Cinema.


On April 26, 2000, Sam Lawton is on his way to a company retreat with his colleagues. While their bus crosses the North Bay Bridge, Sam has a premonition that the bridge will collapse, killing everyone except his ex-girlfriend Molly Harper, whom he manages to get across the bridge safely. In a panic, he persuades several people to leave the bridge before it collapses, including Molly, his friends Nathan Sears and Peter Friedkin, Peter's girlfriend Candice Hooper, his boss Dennis Lipman, and his co-workers Olivia Castle and Isaac Palmer. after they escape the collapsing bridge, Peter asked Sam "How did you know?".

FBI agent Jim Block doesn't believe that Sam is responsible for the bridge collapse, but promises to keep an eye on him. At the memorial service, coroner William Bludworth mysteriously tells the survivors that "Death doesn't like to be cheated" and warns them to be careful. However, they ignore his warning and leave, believing this to be nonsense.

Later, Candice goes to the gym to practice with Peter, but a chain reaction causes her to fly off the uneven bars, and she snaps her spine, leaving Peter devastated. The next day, Isaac is killed at a Chinese spa when his head is crushed by a falling Buddha statue during an acupuncture session. Bludworth, who has been present for both deaths, tells the remaining survivors that if they wish to cheat Death, they must kill someone who was never meant to die on the bridge and thereby claim their remaining lifespan. On the same day, Olivia goes to an eye surgery clinic to treat her myopic vision. While the doctor is away looking for files, the laser malfunctions, searing her eye and hand. She manages to free herself just as Sam and Molly arrive to save her, but trips and falls out of the window onto a car below. Later, Sam learns that the survivors are dying in the order they were meant to die on the bridge, and realize that Nathan is next.

Meanwhile, Nathan, who has returned to the factory, accidentally kills his co-worker, Roy Carson, during an argument by pushing him in front of a lifting hook, which impales him through the chin. As Nathan informs the remaining survivors about this, they realize he claimed Roy's remaining lifespan by killing him and therefore must be safe. When Dennis arrives to question Nathan about the incident, a wrench launched by a belt sander hits him in the face, killing him.

That evening, after working at a restaurant, Sam asks his supervisor to reserve the restaurant for a date with Molly. Peter, who has become unstable after Candice's death, interrupts the date and tells them that he will kill Molly to take her lifespan. After Peter draws a gun, Sam and Molly both escape to the kitchen. Agent Block overhears the gunshots from outside. When he enters the restaurant, he is shot dead by Peter. Believing that he is safe from Death, Peter decides to kill both Molly and Sam to remove any witnesses. The two men fight and Peter knocks Sam unconscious. Just as Peter is about to stab Molly with a kitchen knife, Sam awakens and stabs him in the back with a large skewer, leading Sam to believe he has claimed Block's life.

On May 13, Sam And Molly boarded Volée Airlines Flight 180, but After Alex notices his vision, Sam Lawton and Molly Harper arrive on the plane to leave for Paris before they witness him and the other survivors being removed from the plane during a fight.

Sam and Molly, unaware of his warning, take their seats before the plane departs. While at cruising altitude, the fasten seat belt sign above them flickers. Sam begins suffering the recurring omens from his premonition and soon overhears the flight attendant talking to a passenger about Alex and his vision. he realizes that he and Molly were too late to get off, engine #1 erupts into flames.

Sam and Molly hold on to each other as they stare at the burning engine in disbelief. Engine #1 suddenly explodes, sending out shrapnel that tears holes throughout the fuselage.

Inside the cabin, the oxygen masks drop due to partial loss of cabin pressure. The plane tilts downward to the right. As Sam and Molly attempt to grab a hold of their oxygen masks, the fuselage in rows 22 through 24 rips away, sucking two passengers out of the plane. Molly is sucked out but is temporarily saved when Sam holds on to her. Unfortunately, Sam loses his grip and watches Molly gets bisected by the horizontal stabilizer of the plane. The fuel pump at the front left of the plane explodes, separating the cockpit from the rest of the plane. A wall of fire roars into the plane's interior, incinerating Sam and everyone else. The burning plane finally explodes and sends a fiery piece of the landing gear toward the city where it ultimately crashes through the ceiling of a bar and crushes Nathan Sears.

Why It Rocks

  1. It managed to bring back the glory of the Final Destination franchise.
  2. Great storyline.
  3. Decent writing.
  4. Well acting.
  5. Sam and the other characters are likable, as they actually show sympathy towards their fallen friends.
  6. Awesome soundtrack, even AD/DC's "If you want Blood You got it" plays at the ending.
  7. The idea of placing an opening on a collapsing bridge is an excellent idea.
  8. Help me! Help me!
  9. Awesome ending and plot twist, where it's revealed the film is a prequel to the first film.
  10. Awesome CGI, which is a great improvement in the previous film.
  11. Great death scenes, especially Candice Hooper and Olivia Castle's deaths.
  12. The scenes were very terrifying.

Bad Qualities

  1. Like all the other Final Destination films, the plot suffers from being clichéd and predictable.
  2. The female screams are still annoying like the first four films.
  3. Olivia's death in the film is really illogical, as lasers for eye surgery cannot actually burn an eye.


The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. It currently holds a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic scores a film a 50/100 "mixed or average reviews" while IMDB holds a 5.9/10 rating.

Box Office

Final Destination 5 ranked #3 at the weekend box office with $18.4 million behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($27.5 million), which held the top spot for two weeks, and The Help ($25.5 million). It was also the third biggest Final Destination opening to date behind 2009's The Final Destination ($27.4 million) and 2006's Final Destination 3 ($19.1 million). Final Destination 5 grossed $42,587,643 domestically, and $115,300,000 internationally, for a worldwide total of $157,887,643, becoming the second-highest-grossing film in the franchise.


In January 2019, it was announced that a reboot of the Final Destination series was in the works at Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan set to write the script. The new film is billed as a "re-imagining" of the franchise.

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