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Final Destination 5

More elaborate, inevitable deaths in grisly, gory franchise.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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."

Not applicable
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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:August 12, 2011
DVD/Streaming release date:December 27, 2011
Cast:David Koechner, Emma Bell, Nicholas D'Agosto
Director:Steven Quale
Studios:New Line, Warner Bros.
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong violent/gruesome accidents, and some language

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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 it was that bad. I mean yea, there was violence, people did get impaled and brutally killed but there wasn't as much blood as in previous films. The most gory scene was probably the acupuncture scene where all the needles get shoved into him and it still wasn't as gory as what has been shown in the past. They're not showing people's insides in this one so it is not as gross as you would think. As for the plot, this one was MUCH better than the fourth and third installments to the series. The ending was actually great! Especially if you have seen the previous films. I think most people 13 or older could handle this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 violence will most likely will be too much for them too handle. Now I would like to make several points about this film. First off, this probably the best entry in the series, and if they end it now, they would be ending in a much higher note than the last one did. Secondly, I like the fact that they did not have any sex scenes (which the last one had). Also, although gory, this isn't the goriest in the series. More blood is shown here than actual insides of people (which the last one showed alot of). Another thing is, swearing isn't much of an issue here. The f-word is only used about 4 or 5 times, and not in sexual meaning. And the last and most important point is that this movie puts a several surprise twists. One thing I also noticed is that the kills were more surprising; you'd expect them to die in one way, but they die in another. You will never see them coming. this movie is also somewhat--and thankfully--unpredictable. And if you are a fan of the series, you will probably and most likely like the ending. Now when it comes to 3-D overall its alright. The best 3-D is probably in the opening credits when things fall through the screen and glass shatters all over. So, personally, I would give this movie a 4 out of 5 star rating, but professionally a 2 out of 5 star rating. If your a fan of the series or you just like horror movies with not much of a great story, you'll most likely enjoy this film and its originality. If your care about good stories or are easily nauseated, you won't probably like this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bytaylorswift2122 August 12, 2011

don't waste your time

dumb movie don't waste your time
What other families should know
Too much violence