Final Destination
Dir: James Wong
Star: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Tony Todd
Cert / Year: 15 - R / 2000
Format: VIDEO

Final Destination starts with a group of American High school seniors embarking upon a summer holiday to France (is nowhere safe?). Before boarding the flight one of the students Alex (Devon Sawa) becomes increasingly jittery and agitated due to a series of tacky and quite blatant premonitions, indicating impending doom. Regardless of the "signs" Alex boards the plane with his mates and takes his seat. Once in his seat, Alex suffers a full blown premonition of the aeroplane exploding right after take off killing everyone on board, himself included. Naturally, Alex freaks out a little and after managing to annoy some of his mates, Alex and a handful of his fellow passengers and a teacher are removed from the plane and excluded from that flight. Of course one of the stereotypical passengers (a "jock") feels that this is unfair and starts pushing Alex around whilst the rest of them watch their plane, take off and then promptly explode into a big ball of flame.

Naturally his now fellow survivors are perhaps more than a little disturbed by his shocking revelation, and begin to treat him as a freak or a witch something that isn’t helped by the two FBI agents investigating the tragedy. Pretty soon the survivors begin to die in bizarre and in some cases very silly ways (death by toilet! for example) which obviously starts to disturb the rest of them, and the finger starts getting pointed at Alex. Alex with the help of another survivor called Clear (as in Rivers) (Ali Larter) manages to break into the local morgue to look at the corpse of his best friend. After a strange meeting with decidedly weird attendant at the morgue (Tony Todd), Alex and Clear discover that since they are all supposed to be dead their survival is interfering with the grand design of life which is ironically designed Death. So naturally, Death is determined that they all die in order to set things straight and maintain the "balance".

Okay lets get down to the nitty gritty, Final Destination is at times a little perplexing to say the least. The subject of a pre-determined fate has been a subject for philosophical and theoretical debate for years. The theory of everyone having their life mapped out in a grand design beyond their control is a scary prospect for anyone. (how many of us are truly in control of our own lives?) but the question of whether or not someone could interfere with it and possibly even change the future? It involves so many paradoxes and raises the "cause and effect" argument, so it is best to leave it at that.

The general flow of the film is pretty good and James Wong’s work and background on The X-Files is plainly evident (not that it is a bad thing). Unfortunately some of the special effects are a bit ropey and even a little frayed around the edges. The film does contain a little suspense and is thrilling in places.

I enjoyed it, I found Final Destination quite entertaining - a little silly in parts but entertaining nonetheless. Hardened horror fans will find it difficult to hold back a laugh or two, and in places you will even rewind the tape just to make sure that you did see what you thought you saw. I must say that it is a pity that Tony Todd (Candyman) didn’t have a bigger and better part. Ali Larter is a lot better in The House on Haunted Hill. Incidentally.......I am a little bemused by the reference to Death being a "Mac-Daddy" I thought Kriss Kross were long gone.

All I am going to say is that you can see a lot worse than Final Destination and then again you can see a lot better. Don't believe all the hype, this is not as scary a film as they say. No matter how hard you try, you cannot escape the feeling that this is just an extended X-Files episode without Mulder and Scully.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home