“Final Destination 5”

I keep seeing ads for Final Destination 5. Could someone explain to me the appeal of the Final Destination movies? Because I just don’t get it.

After the first one, audiences must have known that essentially everyone was going to die by the end of the movie, with absolutely no way to save themselves or even attempt to fight back. Are people still actually identifying with the characters despite that?

In a way, I can kind of understand it. A lot of people feel that they’re subject to massive forces that will just steamroller over them without even noticing. Wall Street, multinational corporations, governments and bureaucrats, rising prices, falling currencies, failing job markets… even Mother Nature’s full fury doesn’t seem all that threatening by comparison. In such a world, maybe identifying with a character who you know is going to die in some gruesome and excruciating way in the next couple hours is no big deal.

More likely it’s just that the young always think that they’re immortal. I wish you luck with that, kids, it hasn’t worked out for anyone yet. Maybe you’ll be the fortunate ones.

In the mean time, I’ll give the Final Destination movies a pass, if it’s all the same to you. I just don’t find them interesting.