- Awesome Music:
- "If You Want Blood (You Got It)" by AC/DC during the death montage at the end of the film.
- The opening credits music by Brian Tyler.
- Crosses the Line Twice:
- The film ends with a montage of every death in the series right before the credits roll. With the aforementioned AC\DC song!
- Olivia's death. As if that wasn't bad enough, her good eyeball popped out of her head, completely intact. Until a random vehicle ran it over.
- The ending. Even for a series that celebrates Downer Endings we get absolutely no explanation for why Sam hadn't in fact cheated Death, or for why Molly died despite having survived the vision. It might have worked better if they'd had Nathan be the one on the plane and find out about Roy's tumor there.
- That last one is averted with some thinking: Death has been playing the long con from day one! Not one of the survivors from 5, 1 or 2 were ever meant to have died prior to where they did - the premonitions were merely Death getting them to the right place in the right time. To wit - Sam and his friends were meant to escape the bridge and die in their pre-destined deaths so that Sam and Molly could get on to Flight 180, where they were always meant to die. For a moment, it looks like Death's plan is going wrong and the victims of 2 will survive... until you realise that Death gave Alex the vision to get that group off the plane so that they could die their pre-destined deaths which every character in 2 either witnesses or is affected by in some way so that they can escape earlier "unplanned" deaths and be in the pile-up - Kat survives because Terry is run over by a bus so she doesn't get to the B&B she was staying at that had a gas leak; Thomas survives because he had to clean up Billy's remains; Kimberly survives because she stopped to watch a news report on Todd's death and didn't die with her mother in a car theft/heist that her mother was shot in; Rory avoided the theatre that collapsed because he was so disgusted by Carter's death that he went home instead; Eugene avoided Death because Valerie Lewton died and he was transferred to a new school and avoided being stabbed, the fate of his replacement teacher at his old school, literally the day he was transferred... So, is that where the victims of 2 are meant to die - in the pile-up - you ask? Nope - once again, Death gives Kimberly the vision so she freaks out and they survive the pile-up so that they can die as planned throughout the events of 2. This also means that Brian, who was saved by Thomas saving him from being hit by a truck, was always on Death's list and just didn't know it - he was always meant to be saved, so that he could be blown up by the barbecue later. Yep, Death planned one big honking massacre for twenty four people who had no idea they were doomed from the moment they existed.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Domestically, this was the lowest-grossing Final Destination film, barely making back its budget and essentially finishing the series off. Its box-office take outside the US, however, is the second-highest out of the entire series, behind the fourth film by only about $4 million.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: P.J. Byrne as the flirty Issac Palmer makes a couple snide remarks about Chinese people in this movie prior to his death in an acupuncture spa which fire plays a part in. The next year, he began playing Bolin in an Asian themed production (The Legend of Korra), and he's a brother to a firebender and eventually learns to lavabend. Plus an acupuncture scene is in that show's third Book.
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Peter Friedkin has witnessed his girlfriend die in front of him and knows that Death is coming for him next, so he resorts to murder when he finds a way to cheat death by stealing someone else's life. In the end, he's killed by his best friend.
- Olivia is a bit nasty to everyone but you're bound to feel a little sorry for her when she's going for the laser eye surgery and ends up holding a teddy bear to comfort herself.
- Moral Event Horizon: Crossed by Peter when he kills Agent Block and goes after Molly in an attempt to snuff out any witnesses. It didn't help that she was his original mark after being convinced that she's the only one who'll live out of the survivors and that killing a person would give him their remaining days.
- Candace's death in the opening disaster goes from scary to silly when, while falling, she's impaled on a boat's prow and her intestines spill out.
- Olivia's likewise becomes ridiculous as she survives the fall into the water...only for a car to tumble on top of her. Talk about overkill!
- Paranoia Fuel:
- Candace practicing her footwork while there's a screw on the pommel horse. She's literally hopping around it with no clue it's there.
- Olivia losing her glasses during the bridge disaster and being Blind Without 'Em.
- Realism-Induced Horror: Candace's death because it's so mundane and yet so possible for anyone in a similar situation. So many potential dangers - a worn electrical cable, a stray screw someone could step on, a leak that could either make someone slip or react with the aforementioned cable, even the squeaking bars giving the impression they could come loose at any second. She's done in by the bowl of flour distracting her of all things!
- Special Effects Failure: The appliance used to simulate Peter getting rebars through his face in the opening disaster looks horribly fake.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While the previous sequels are of varying quality, this is generally regarded as one of the better sequels to come out, actually adding new mythology to the series (a feat not seen since the second film) and ending the series on a high note. It is also the best reviewed of the franchise, with the only "Fresh" rating in the series on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Tear Jerker: The ending which consists of Sam, Molly and Nathans deaths. Every other movie in the series featured a Hope Spot for the characters, but when that was taken away it was always played for Black Comedy. This time its not, and its honestly tragic: Sam slowly realizes that Alex had a premonition just like his, but the plane is already in the air and theres nothing he can do. Then Molly, who wasnt even supposed to die in the first place, is sucked out of the crumbling plane despite his best efforts and dies when she collides with the plane wing and is torn in half, and then he dies alone and screaming as hes engulfed in flames before the plane blows up. If that wasn't bad enough, the planes landing gear ends up crushing Nathan to death who was attending a wake for the co-worker he accidentally killed leaving no survivors of the bridge collapse.
- Visual Effects of Awesome:
- The fifth film made great use of 3D.
- The entire bridge collapse scene looks amazing, both in the premonition and in reality when everyone gets off.
YMMV / Final Destination 5