'Final Destination 5': What the Reviews Say

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The film, opening August 12, provokes laughs at the wrong times, but will please franchise fans.

New Line's Final Destination franchise returns to the big screen for its fifth installment Friday. 

See what the reviews are saying about the Steven Quale-helmed thriller starring Nicholas D'Agosta, Emma Bell and Miles Fisher

"Final Destination 5 continues New Line’s “death tease” series wherein a group of clueless characters are stalked not by a demon or mad man but by death itself … or to be accurate, the film’s makers," writes The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt. "In a sense, the films offer up black comedy, provoking laughs at wrong guesses and giggles over an absurd chain of events that results in disaster." But, he does concede that "this film’s opening sequence is undeniably spectacular."

"This is one of those times when I really wish I could borrowJames Earl Jones to do a Darth Vader reading, so you'd get that echo chamber of doom effect. Since I can't, just use your imagination. Ready?" says the Los Angeles TimesFinal Destination 5: Prepare to die….Or maybe, Final Destination 5: Prepare to groan...."

USA Today seemed particularly bothered by the film's graphic death scenes, saying "Even by today's horror standards, Destination has some ghastly scenes. After seeing them, parents may want to reconsider letting their daughters try gymnastics or laser eye surgery."

Reuters also pointed out the comedic yet gruesome imagery, saying "It's a hoot, if you can stomach it." 

"Few horror cycles are as consistently true to their formulas," critiques the New York Times. Adding, "Final Destination 5, directed by Steven Quale, hits all its marks: dream, escape, official suspicion, theme song (“Dust in the Wind” this time) and Tony Todd, who returns as Bludworth, the voice of cheated death, after taking the fourth movie off.

'It's just that I've seen this before,' he says, a line that's too depressingly true to be funny."

"Final Destination 5" is one of those rare movies where the title itself is a spoiler," opines film critic Roger Ebert. "Yes, everyone in the movie dies, except for Coroner Bludworth. But you knew that because of the previous four films. The increasingly challenging task for the filmmakers is to devise ever more horrible and gruesome methods for them to be slaughtered."