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 and a prequel to the first film. Final Destination 5 stars Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, David Koechner, and Tony Todd, and follows a young man (played by D'Agosto) who has a premonition and saves a group of people from death when a suspension bridge begins to collapse. However, they soon learn that they cannot escape death.
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.
Final Destination 5 was theatrically released on August 12, 2011, and on DVD on December 27, 2011, by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some critics considered it both a return-to-form for the franchise and an improvement over the previous installment. Reviews criticized the film for failing to bring anything new to the franchise, weak character development, and average dialogue, but also praised the use of 3D, the visual effects, the inventive death scenes, the return of suspense as opposed to a campy feel (particularly both the opening sequence and the twist ending). The film was a financial success, grossing $157 million worldwide against a $40 million budget, becoming the second highest-grossing film in the franchise. A sequel is in development.