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Final Destination 5

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Final Destination 5 Movie Poster Image
More elaborate, inevitable deaths in grisly, gory franchise.
  • R
  • 2011
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 45 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Death is an unknowable, unstoppable force; it determines that the time has come for eight twentysomething professionals and kills them off relentlessly. No amount of good, evil, bravery, or empathy will stop it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hero shows bravery and responsibility from time to time but also some selfishness. The rest of the characters don't fare as well.


The movie is focused on gruesome death for entertainment's sake: The more shocking, the better. Characters are stabbed, sliced, and battered. They fall from great heights and splat on the ground. They snap in half. Flesh is burned. Skulls are impaled. One character is seared with a laser intended for eye surgery. All of this is presented in 3D, with sharp, deadly things protruding from the screen and into the audience. The end credits include a montage of the grisliest scenes from the first four films in the series.


Characters kiss, and there's some minor sexual innuendo. One female character dresses in revealing clothing; she takes off her top to reveal a skimpy, black bra.


Language isn't constant, but "f--k" is heard more than once. Other words include "s--t," "t-ts," "hell," "damn," "oh my God," and "a--hole."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink beer and whisky to blow off steam after a tragedy. One character appears to drink too much, and it affects him negatively.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the fifth entry in a gory horror franchise that made the intensity-upping move to 3D with the previous entry, The Final Destination. As always, the killer here is death itself, which stalks a group of teens and/or twentysomethings without remorse or recourse -- and with tons of blood and gore. Characters are brutally sliced, stabbed, burned, dropped from heights, crushed, and snapped in half. There's also a bit of kissing and sexual innuendo, some language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and some drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytvj February 4, 2012

Please think about what you are letting your family watch

Heightening of the lack of moral regard for life and decay of our cultures choice of entertainment.
Adult Written byTheCr4zyCritic July 23, 2015
Teen, 15 years old Written bymoviefan1011 August 15, 2011

Final Destination series gets a little better...

I, personally, am a fan of the series, and I, after seeing all of them, know that these are definitely not for the faint of heart. Kids should not see this; the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAbbieSimpson August 24, 2011

Not that bad.

OK- let me start of by saying Common Sense went a little overboard with the whole "Not For Kids" thing. I saw this movie today and I didn't think... Continue reading

What's the story?

A group of employees from Presage Paper prepares to go on a business retreat. Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto), who would rather be a chef than a salesman, has a fearful premonition while riding on the bus; a bridge collapses, killing dozens. Acting quickly, he saves his girlfriend, Molly (Emma Bell), his boss (David Koechner), and five other co-workers. Unfortunately, since they were supposed to die on the bridge, death begins stalking them one by one, killing them in "random" accidents. Can the survivors discover a way to break the chain?

Is it any good?

Oddly, this movie is a bit better than its predecessors (though that's not really saying that much). Thanks to the huge success of the fourth and "final" The Final Destination, FINAL DESTINATION 5 became an inevitability. It's the feature directorial debut of Steven Quale, who was a second-unit director on Avatar and also helmed Aliens of the Deep; he has lots experience with 3D. Not surprisingly, then, the use of 3D here is pretty good -- especially the smashing title sequence.

The characters are a bit more sympathetic and humorous, and, unlike in the fourth film, they tend to show empathy for their fallen friends and co-workers. The death sequences, as always, are elaborate Rube Goldberg-like traps, with misdirection and deception at every turn. It's fascinating that these sequences tend to elicit a squirmy, giggly reaction from audiences rather than dread or terror. This is a purely cathartic, visceral experience, not having anything to do with characters or plot. But other than that, any redeeming social value is negligible.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does the 3D affect the impact of the movie's gory, grisly murder scenes? Is any of it intended to be realistic?

  • Why would audiences want to see a movie like this? Is there something cathartic about facing death in this way?

  • Are humans really subject to fate, or do we have free will? How much control do we really have over our lives?

Movie details

For kids who love to be scared

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