Final Destination

Final Destination
Cast: Devon Sawa
Studio: New Line Cinema
Rating: 6.5/10

I went in expecting nothing and came out with a thrill. The big problem now is figuring out how to write my review without spoiling it for the rest of you.

Before a plane loaded with high school students is ready to take off for a trip to Paris, Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) experiences a powerful premonition. He sees the plane is going to explode and kill everyone on board. Alex panics and warns the passengers. As a result, he and a group of his friends are escorted off of the plane. What happens next makes for a thrilling run away from the reaper.

John Denver is a hit in this flick, but I don’t know if it’s sick humor or what. Also, Kerr Smith plays Carter, the movie’s cocky bad boy, but most of us know him as the gay character Jack on Dawson’s Creek . In this movie, it looks as though he is trying to prove he’s not gay in real life. His character is too over-the-top in scenes where he is making out with his onscreen girlfriend and being hyper-aggressive in an annoying display of machismo.

James Wong did a great job directing Final Destination. The grotesque scenes might be a bit much for young kids, but I found that it made adults jump and gave me a few thrills. This film is more of a horror flick than I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 3, but it’s not as far out as Nightmare On Elm St. It’s smarter than most films in its genre and really makes you think. All along you know who is doing the dirty work and that is what scares you most. The fear is in the story line and the reality of our own mortality. There is no big lesson to be learned, but I can tell you that I was driving a little more cautiously as I left the theater that day.

+ charlie craine

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