Final Destination 5

Final Destination 5 is a 2011 American 3D supernatural horror film directed by Steven Quale and written by Eric Heisserer. It is the fifth installment in the Final Destination film series. Final Destination 5 stars Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, and Tony Todd.

Final Destination 5
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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Quale
Produced by
  • Craig Perry
  • Warren Zide
Written byEric Heisserer
Based onCharacters
by Jeffrey Reddick
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyBrian Pearson
Edited byEric Sears
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • August 4, 2011 (2011-08-04)
(Fantasia International Film Festival)
  • August 12, 2011 (2011-08-12)
(United States)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$40 million[2]
Box office$157.9 million[2]

Despite The Final Destination being originally announced as the final film in the franchise, due to its financial success, development of Final Destination 5 began in 2010. Filming took place in Vancouver, as with the first three installments. It was theatrically released in August 12, 2011, and on DVD on December 27, 2011.

The film received mostly positive reviews; this is the first film in the franchise to do so. Critics praised the plot, CGI, death scenes and tone, especially in comparison to the previous installment. The film was a financial success and is the second highest-grossing film in the franchise.


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 actually does collapse, including Molly, his friends Nathan Sears and Peter Friedkin, Peter's girlfriend Candice Hooper, his boss Dennis Lapman, and his co-workers Olivia Castle and Isaac Palmer. 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, 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 into a car below, killing her and popping her eyeball out of its socket. 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 Dennis 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 that he claimed Block's life.

Two weeks later, Sam and Molly board a plane to Paris. As they take their seats, they notice a couple passengers being removed from the plane with one of them, Alex Browning, warning the other passengers still in the plane to get off. This reveals that the plane they are on is Volée Airlines Boeing 747 Flight 180 from the first film. Sam and Molly are confused but take their seats nonetheless. When the lights dim for take off, Sam looks at his plane ticket, dated May 13, 2000, revealing that the previous events took place in April that year. Upon takeoff, Sam gets the same signs that he got on the bridge collapse and overhears an air hostess telling another passenger that Alex had a vision of the plane's destruction. After realising it is too late for him to leave, he and Molly both perish in the explosion that follows.

At Roy's memorial, Nathan learns that Roy had a brain aneurysm that was close to bursting, and was due to die "any day now." As Nathan realizes he is still in danger, the landing gear from the plane breaks through the roof and crushes Nathan, setting off the events of the first four films.


Left to right: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Tony Todd interviewed by Dulce Osuna about Final Destination 5
Left to right: P. J. Byrne, Arlen Escarpeta, Courtney B. Vance interviewed by Dulce Osuna about Final Destination 5



D'Agosto while filming Final Destination 5 in Vancouver, October 2010.

Alan Horn, the head of Warner Bros., confirmed at ShoWest in March 2010 that Final Destination 5 was in works at ShoWest.[3] Producer Craig Perry later added that the film would be shot in 3D.[4] Eric Heisserer was announced as screenwriter in April 2010.[5] The studio initially picked August 26, 2011, as the release date[6] but later changed it to August 12, 2011.[7] In June 2010, New Line Cinema announced that Steven Quale would direct,[8] and that the movie would be renamed 5nal Destination.[9] The name change was reversed only a few months later.[10]


According to Heisserer, Final Destination 5 was always meant to be a prequel, set before the first film; the idea having come from franchise producer Craig Perry. Heisserer said that one major problem he encountered while writing the film was coming up with good death sequences, believing that managing to do so in the world of Final Destination is "ridiculously hard". The inspiration for Olivia's death sequence involving LASIK eye surgery came after his wife underwent the same type of surgery.[11]


In August 2010, actor and musician Miles Fisher was the first to be cast in the film as Peter Friedkin.[12] Fisher had appeared in numerous short films and in a small role in the comedy film Superhero Movie (2008). Fisher said during an interview that "I've done a little bit of television and a little bit of film, but 3-D is almost an entirely different sport."[13] Three days after Fisher's casting, Arlen Escarpeta was cast in the film as Nathan.[14] Escarpeta explained that "I think what they're going to do really, really well this time around, they're going to go back—the story, the plot, a lot of stuff is really going to matter, I think the last movie it was just death. It was death, death, death, which is fine because that's what people want to see. But this time we're going to give them a little bit of everything – good story, great director—it's going to be good."[15]

In late August 2010, Nicholas D'Agosto was cast to portray the film's main visionary Sam Lawton.[16][17] D'Agosto had recently starred in the 2007 comedy film Rocket Science before he was cast in the film after his appearance in Fired Up! since 2009.[17] Along with D'Agosto, newcomer actress Ellen Wroe joined the cast as Candice.[16] One day later, Tony Todd, who portrayed William Bludworth from the first two installments, returned to join the film's cast after not appearing in the fourth film due to scheduling commitments to work on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[18] On August 30, 2010, the production hired David Koechner and P. J. Byrne to join the cast.[19] Koechner portrays the characters' company executive Dennis Lapman while Byrne, after his appearance in Dinner for Schmucks, portrays Issac.[20] Emma Bell, who made her major film debut appearance in the 2010 thriller film Frozen, was cast on September 2 to co-lead with D'Agosto as Molly Harper.[21] In mid-September, both Courtney B. Vance and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood are the last main cast members to join the film.[22] Law and Order: Criminal Intent's Vance plays FBI agent Jim Block while Wood, who is starring as Steffy Forrester in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, portrays co-worker Olivia Castle.[22]


The opening scene featuring the North Bay Bridge collapse in North Bay, New York, United States was filmed on the Lions' Gate Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and two scale representations of the bridge.

Location filming returned to Vancouver, where parts of the first three films were shot. Principal photography took place between September 13 and December 14, 2010.[23] Producers stated that this installment would be darker and more suspenseful in the style of the original film.[24] Final Destination 3 star Chelan Simmons revealed that the opening scene would be filmed on the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver.[25]



The soundtrack to Final Destination 5 was released on August 16, 2011, four days after the release of the film. The soundtrack contains 19 tracks composed by Brian Tyler, music composer of The Final Destination. It is also the second Final Destination soundtrack album to be released. Miles Fisher also released a tie-in video for his single "New Romance" which features the key actors in the film in a Saved by the Bell parody in which most are killed in freak accidents, in keeping with the series.

Final Destination 5 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by
ReleasedAugust 16, 2011
LabelJVC, Sony Music Australia

Commercial songs from the film, but not on the soundtrack


The album contains 19 cues composed by Brian Tyler and performed by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, omitting commercially released songs that were featured in the film, including the theme song from the previous films by Shirley Walker.[26]

  1. "Main Title" (3:47)
  2. "Fates Bridge" (6:31)
  3. "Repercussions" (4:06)
  4. "Kill or Be Killed" (4:30)
  5. "Cheating Death" (2:13)
  6. "Bludworth" (2:43)
  7. "Death's Work" (10:12)
  8. "Olivia" (1:35)
  9. "Eye Can't See No Good" (4:16)
  10. "The Gift Certificate" (2:50)
  11. "Meet the Gang" (1:10)
  12. "Hook in Mouth" (2:09)
  13. "Isaac's Got a Point" (2:08)
  14. "Recognition" (0:59)
  15. "Mystery" (2:47)
  16. "Bend Over Backwards" (4:38)
  17. "The Order of Death" (7:20)
  18. "Plans Within Plans" (3:45)
  19. "Infinite Finale" (1:31)



The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK ruled that the original theatrical poster, which had been used on buses and trains during the summer, "was likely to cause fear and undue distress to children". It ruled that the advert must not appear in the original form again.

Warner Bros. countered by stating that the poster "accurately reflected the content of the film in an appropriate manner without causing excessive fear or distress". They also added that the poster's dark grey and black colors were "unlikely to engage the attention of young children", and that the "surreal" image did not feature people, blood or display any real-life violence.

The ASA, which had received 13 complaints, with three stating that their children (aged between 1 and 3) had been upset, ruled "We considered the image was likely to catch the attention of children, especially because it was shown on a poster on the Underground, where it was an untargeted medium. Because very young children might view this ad depicting violence, it was likely to cause fear and undue distress to children."[27]

Box officeEdit

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).[28] 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).[29] 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.[2]

Home mediaEdit

Final Destination 5 was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on December 27, 2011. The Blu-ray Disc comes in two forms: the movie only edition and the Blu-ray Disc/DVD/UltraViolet edition.[30] A Blu-ray 3D edition was released exclusively through Best Buy. The film was released in the UK on December 26, 2011; however, only the special edition Blu-ray Disc contained the 3D cut of the film. An UltraViolet copy was available in all formats.

Before the film appeared in theaters, Fisher released a music video. Starring the main cast of Final Destination 5 and featuring Fisher's original song "New Romance", the video parodied the 1990s sitcom Saved by the Bell and included a clue to the plot of the film. Fisher, a fan of the show, and video director Dave Green watched every episode, and contemporary shows like Boy Meets World and Clarissa Explains It All. "We thought, 'Gosh wouldn't it be fun and subversive to have Final Destination-type deaths in this safe, [sitcom] world?'" Fisher, who plays a Zack Morris-type character, said. He joked, "I basically have always been looking for a way to dance with Kelly Kapowski my whole life".[31]


Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 62% based on 135 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "It's still only for the gore-thirsty faithful, but Final Destination 5 represents a surprising return to form for the franchise."[32] On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted score, gives the film a score of 50 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[33] It is the highest-rated film of the franchise on both sites. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[34]

Richard Roeper stated in his review "From the opening credits to the final kill this film displays a great use of 3-D."[35] Todd Gilchrist of Boxoffice Magazine has declared the film in his review for being "the best 3D horror movie ever made." He described Final Destination 5 as "a clean, glossy thriller shot in native 3D (not post-conversion) that maximizes the technology without straining the audience's credulity or their constitutions." He also stated "Calling anything the 'best 3D horror film' has the ring of crowning the world's tallest midget, but Quale uses 3D almost shockingly well."[36] In a review for, Linda Barnard has stated "this could be a case where the 3-D-shot movie is worth the extra few bucks to see".[37]

The visual effects were praised for improving on the weak CGI from the previous installment. Betty Jo Tucker of ReelTalk Movie Reviews said in her review "The film boasts some of the best visual effects ever, especially the bridge-crumbling sequence at the beginning of the film." In his review of Final Destination 5, Roger Ebert said "... the special effects do an excellent job of beheading, incinerating, vivisecting, squishing and so on."[38] "Final Destination 5 contain some of the most fun effects ever seen that purely enhance the thrills and bloody spills, rather than detract from them," stated Lisa Giles-Keddie from[39]

The death scenes in the film have been praised as being suspenseful, creative, and shocking. Boxoffice Magazine said in praise, "viewers connect to both the relatable pain of everyday injury and the gory gratification of a well-constructed, larger-than-life set piece."[36] opined, "Admitted, there is a certain inventiveness to the way director Steven Quale stages the violence."[40] San Francisco Chronicle said that the characters are "killed in gruesome and spectacular ways".[41] The gymnastic set piece has been praised as "anxiety-filled",[42] "a beautiful example of successful comic suspense",[41] "Hitchcockian edge-of-your-seat suspense",[43] and "inventively grotesque".[44] stated in their review "The subsequent deaths are hit-or-miss, but they all show some creative spark. Quale sets them up like a cross between a joke and a magic trick, carefully establishing crucial details."[45]

The opening bridge collapse has garnered considerable critical acclaim, with many stating it as being on par with the pile-up sequence from Final Destination 2. It has been said to be "one of the single best sequences of any film all year" by Boxoffice Magazine.[36] stated that the opening bridge collapse sequence is "beautifully directed and choreographed".[39] Eric D. Snider has stated in his review for that "The opening premonition is nerve-janglingly effective."[45] New York Post called the bridge collapse sequence "spectacular",[46] and Daily News deemed it "terrifying".[47] USA Today commented on the sequence, saying "The effect is terrific and reminiscent of the bridge destruction from Mission: Impossible III."[48] Betsy Sharkey, a Los Angeles Times film critic stated in her negative review "I will say, the bus, and the bridge it must cross, does make for a pretty incredible wham-bam opening sequence," and further added "The big crumble is a stunner of an opener."[49] In a review for, Kat Murphy said "the fifth chapter starts out with a slambang catastrophe", then stated that the bridge collapse is "skillfully orchestrated", and "this sequence is actually enhanced by 3-D: Holes in the disintegrating bridge seem to pull the gaze down—dizzyingly—to the river below, and jagged camera angles on hanging railings and sliding debris muddle our sense of what's up, what's down."[50] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter praised "This film's opening sequence is undeniably spectacular."[51] Aaron Hillis from The Village Voice called the bridge collapse "breathtakingly staged".[52] The Advocate stated that "Director Steve Quale and writer Heisserer stage the bridge's collapse in swift but exacting detail."[53] The Austin Chronicle said the bridge collapse sequence is "spectacularly gruesome".[54]


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