Final Destination 5

This really is the final, final destination - or is it?

You would have thought that the previous film in this series – The Final Destination – would have been the last, so definitive was its title. But no, this 'I can see the future' horror franchise is back for a fifth time and, like all the others in the series, it starts with a premonition.

Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has just been dumped by Molly (Emma Bell) – not exactly the best start to their corporate team-building retreat. And things are about to get much worse.

On the bus too are fellow office employees Candice (Ellen Wroe), Olivia (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), baldy boss Dennis (David Koechner) and other disposables.

Stopped by road works on a huge bridge, Sam has some paranormal-type advance warning of a bridge collapse – an event that will leave him and his bus-mates scrambling for safety but still being killed in some truly bloody and ghastly ways (the ones that simply plummet into the water are the lucky ones).

Sam wakes from his vision and yells for everyone to get off the bus, and he and some of his friends – and the irritated Dennis – do so, and live to attend the memorial service. But this is Final Destination of course, and Death ain't gonna let them get away that easily. No sir, he’s been cheated of their souls, and he’s gonna get ‘em – warns County Coroner Bludworth (Tony Todd). The only question is when, and how.

Over the next 80 minutes or so the cursed teens are picked off in some truly horrific ways (let’s just say I’m never doing laser eye surgery, or gymnastics), and the real pleasure comes from the endless delaying of gratification. Just as it looks like someone is about to make a fatal mistake, they’re saved. But then something else happens and…

It’s all great, gory fun, and there’s even an attempt at an interesting twist in this film; if you can kill someone, they’ll be taken instead of you. In full freak-out mode, Tom Cruise-lookalike Peter (Miles Fisher) tries to go this route, while Nathan (Arlen Escarpeta) accidentally seems to have saved himself – or has he?

The final sequence wraps up all the films in a bundle, and then the end credit sequence gives you a run-down of all the deaths from all the films; charming. But is it all over? Has Death got all the pretty-but-vapid teens he needs?

As you can imagine, the dialogue and acting here are purely functional – no one coming to see this expects Shakespeare – and this is where 3D comes into play. You get plenty of shouting/groaning/relief-laughing moments when various bodies – and body parts – come hurtling towards you as the hapless five meet their predictably nasty ends.

Final Destination 5 is on general release from Friday, August 26.