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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Final Destination



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Just as a school party board a plane to Paris, Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) has a premonition of the plane exploding mid-air, and he and six others (Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Seann William Scott, Kristen Cloke, Chad Donella, Amanda Detmer) get off the plane just before it takes off and almost immediately explodes, killing all other passengers. In the weeks following, however, Death starts to stalk them, killing them one-by-one in freak accidents, in the order they would have died had they stayed aboard the plane.

The film boasts some very good effects, particularly in the premonition plane explosion, which has very vivid images and very bold fire effects. The editing is also very good, especially in the death scenes, which feature some really intricate shots; and for the death scenes, and the build-up to said death scenes, the editing and cinematography is combined perfectly with the soundtrack and makeup to make the scenes creepily tense and gripping, and the images bold, bloody and vivid to a rather heartwrenching level.

On the downside the cast don't give particularly good performances, with them feeling forced and underdeveloped, similarly to their characters who are little more than props in the story of how Death stalks those that intends to kill. As for the whole idea of Death being a force, it is underwhelming, under-written and has a really artificial feeling to it, even for a low budget Hollywood horror.

In short, the film is quite tense and has some enjoyable, gripping scenes, and is worth a viewing, in spite of the fact it is rather flawed in a number of places.


2000.
15.
Stars:
Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Seann William Scott, Kristen Cloke, Chad Donella, Amanda Detmer, Daniel Roebuck, Roger Guenveur Smith, Tony Todd.

Saturn Awards: Best Horror Film, Best Performane by a Younger Actor (Devon Sawa).

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