I accept this apology for the 4th film in the series.
Truth be told, I wasn't expecting to be entertained. The whole FD series started going downhill for me after the second film and I knew there was no way that they would ever top that amazing car wreck. By the fourth film they were spoon-feeding the viewers all the clues that I expected them to just hand out copies of the screenplay at the door.
This fifth installment did surprise me.
The obligatory opening catastrophe really wasn't anything incredible unless you happen to be fearful of heights. While a bridge collapse is a horrifying thought, the scenario played out a little too over-the-top to really be believable. (I really wish they'd stay away from cars in the opening. They just can't top the second film.)
It was nice to see that they went back to misdirection in many of the post-catastrophe deaths. I was most impressed with the first survivor-victim's demise... both how it was executed and the makeup.
The ending is very predictable, at least if you are familiar with the series. It's what you don't see that gives it away the most, although if you don't pick up on that within the first fifteen minutes than there will be verbal clues dropped throughout the rest of the film.
The film doesn't take itself terribly seriously, but rather just wants to be fun. We know the formula. We know people are going to die. It's fun to try to figure out how they are going to get caught by Death Itself. And it's nice to see Tony Todd pop up once in a while.
Certainly not the best in the series, but not nearly as cringe-worthy as FD4. If you are a fan of the series, I think you'll appreciate why I consider this film to be an apology.
Film Information: Final Destination 5