Final Destination (2000)


Movie Review

Directed by: James Wong

Starring: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, and Tony Todd

For his senior trip, high school student Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) and his classmates are getting ready to go to Paris.  They're boarding the plane when Alex freaks out and has a horrific vision of the plane crashing and everyone aboard the aircraft dying.  His understandably extreme reaction to this nightmarish vision gets his friends and a teacher thrown off the plane.  As the others bitterly watch the plane take off and wonder whether Alex is a nut job, the plane actually crashes, killing anyone and everyone aboard it.  They have all eluded death thanks to Alex's vision.  Since they're supposed to be dead, they're living on borrowed time.  They soon realize that death does not like to be cheated, and that it will get its quota by any means necessary.

Final Destination succeeds where no other horror film has succeeded before.  They kill off fools without having an actual killer.  The kills are therefore much more elaborate and thrilling.  Every little detail matters—what the weather is like, where the victim is located, or even what the victim is wearing.  If you make one wrong move, death will grab you and wring every bit of life out of you.  That is some real creativity worthy of a few beers.



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