So what is new in this fifth installment that we already haven't seen before? To be very honest, nothing. The premise remains the same: young people being chased by Death and dying in unexpected, sometimes funny and mostly chilling manners. If you have been following the franchise, you would know that it is another inane series in the long list of Hollywood's money making machinery. Final Destination 5 is no less but somehow ups the quotient from its predecessors. Of course the 3 D helps (somehow it failed to impress in Final Destination 4). This is definitely one of the better 3-D flicks to have come out this year and I suspect it has a lot to do with the director.
Director Steven Quale, who has in the past worked with James Cameron (including being the second unit director on Avataar) displays girth and guts as a first time feature director. Some of the death scenes are truly grisly. The ensemble cast is like any other horror flick with young 19 somethings. However the overall acting department does a fairly competent job, making you cringe and cry at the right moments. The screenplays twists and turns amply to keep you on the edge of your seats. Word of caution, do keep an eye out for startled terror-stricken neighbors, lest the popcorn falls on you the next time they jerk. (I m not saying it happened to me).
Do I recommend it? If you are a horror film junkie and blood/gore gets your goat, go for it. It definitely seems like the better choice than the other horror flick "Phirrrrrrr" (can't keep count of the number of Rs they use) releasing this week.