After my shocking discovery that I liked “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” I thought I would dive deeper into the horror genre and watch a beloved horror genre. And no, it’s not “Saw.” You already know because you can read. I plan on diving into the entire franchise so let’s get started with the first movie, “Final Destination.” Not to be confused with “The Final Destination,” that’s the fourth movie.
There are No Accidents. No Coincidences. No Escapes. YOU CAN’T CHEAT DEATH.
“Final Destination” was released in 2000 and is the beginning of the franchise. It was directed by James Wong ( Episodes of “The X-Files” and “American Horror Story”). Some of the stars in the movie are Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek” and “Charmed”), Ali Larter (“Heroes” and “Legally Blonde”), and Devon Sawa (“Little Giants” and “Caspar”). Oh, and Seann William Scott is in here too. Yeah, Stiffler from “America Pie.” The cast is rather good. The acting is good while some are better than others. Ali, Kerr, and Devon are the standouts. Kerr though did a phenomenal job. He’s probably the most underrated actor from this time period. He played a dick very well.
The film follows a group of high school students and their teacher as they try to cheat death. After Alex (Devon) got them kicked off a plane due to a premonition he saw, the plane exploded killing their fellow classmates and everyone on board. Because of this, they must stay together in order to keep each other alive and figure out who is going to die next.
This film was such a wild ride. While it didn’t have a physical killer, it was still scary enough because it was all real things that could kill you. Sure, there was a little of the supernatural flair to it. But all of the deaths that happened are things that could easily happen. It’s not a killer chasing them with a weapon. It’s stuff like a bus hitting someone not paying attention, something falling on you and just killing you instantly, or someone getting into a super bad car accident. This horror movie got you because it could actually happen more than a creeper in a mask.
The production on the film was probably ahead of its time. Everything was done so well from the camera shots to how they presented the deaths. The deaths were the best part of the entire movie for the simple reason they looked so real. There wasn’t too much gore but rather just the right amount. If they had too much, then it would have been not real. After you watch the movie, you will start looking at things and think “man, this could kill me” no matter what it is. That’s how good the production was.
My only complaint that I have was the fact there wasn’t too much to the plot and character development. While we do get to know a little about the characters, it’s minor due to them being killed off one by one. The main three (Devon, Kerr, and Ali) are the only ones we really get to know the best and even then, it’s not enough to make you feel something. The deaths are just deaths. You don’t feel anything went they die. If you look at “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the deaths you felt for because you knew about the characters and what they are going through. You really don’t get that in “Final Destination.” It’s all superficial. You feel more for the way they day than who is died.
“Final Destination” is a great horror movie. It’s scary because of how real the deaths are and how they show them. It shows how easy you can literally die just by walking down the street and living your life. The downfall of the movie is that there isn’t anything to the plot and little to no character development. The deaths of the characters are superficial. You feel more for how it happened and not for the fact a character just died. I do recommend this movie. It’s available on Netflix. I do think everyone should watch it.
Rating: 3 out of 5
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