Thursday, 20 June 2013

Review: Final Destination (2000)

Final Destination
IMDB rate: 6,7
Genre: Supernatural

I thought it would be time to watch Final Destination again. It has been quite some time since I last saw it and since there were so many sequels these movie kinda got a bad name. I remember seeing the fourth of fifth movie and it was not that good, but I couldn't remember much of the first parts anymore. I own the first three on DVD so I'll probably watch them all again this week. I'm also still planning on watching Scream 4 and Resident Evil 4 and 5 but that can come later. 

The movie is actually quite decent but the sad thing about Final Destination is that you know how it will end. Everybody dies eventually. And when they survived, they will still die. So, after 5 of these movies you know the drill. But, since this is only the first on, it's a decent movie. Unfortunately it's not very surprising anymore after you watched it once.

Alex and his senior french class are going on a trip to France in the spring. Alex is very nervous, and has a deadly premonition that the plane he is on will explode after take off. Alex and six others, including his teacher, get off the plane. Soon after, the plane explodes. Now his teacher and friends are starting to avoid him. Shortly after school ends, Alex and his friends are being hunted down by Death, angry that they cheated the "design". It doesn't take long for Alex to realize that you can't cheat death!

There are many familiar faces in this movie, for example Devon Sawa (Idle Hands, Slackers), Ali Larter (Heroes, Resident Evil) and Seann William Scott (American Pie, Dude, Where's My Car). While these are pretty famous actors, this movie was not really their best acting work. It was not terribly bad but it was not like their usual acting.

I like the storyline, everybody has fears that the plane may crash. So in this case it's kinda logical that they got upset. What I don't understand is why everybody got angry at Alex. He saved 6 people by getting off the plane and suddenly he gets accused of being the cause of the plane crash. Not really logical if you ask me.

The death scenes were kinda lame. They were definitely too far-fetched. Like the first dead, how is it even possible that the wire got around his neck that many times, just by falling. The death scene of Billy was kinda cool but unfortunately his dialogues were so lame and predictable that it was too obvious what would happen next. Final Destination is familiar for it's far-fetched death-scenes so I won't continue complaining about it.

I think this movie is nice for seeing once or maybe twice, but absolutely not more often. When you've seen it once you know the story and the only thing that can still make you guessing is the order in which everybody will die. I do like the concept of the movie though, it's very original. Well, it was original until they made all those sequels. But this one was original at the time ;). The talks about 'Death patterns is really interesting and really makes you think. The movie isn't really scary in my opinion but it does have some very tensed moments. The movie mainly relies on 'sudden-deaths scare jumps'. The special effects were decent, some looked very fake but others looked real.

I personally liked this movie quite a bit. It had some flaws but not any bothering ones. There's an interesting storyline but a bit predictable at times. It's a very original movie and definitely worth a watch.

My personal rate: 7/10

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