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Final Destination -- Horror tale with a twist, Final Destination tells the story of teenager with strange premonitions about death and the mysterious accidental deaths that follow his life.
Final Destination -- After having a vision of his friends crashing in a plane, he tells them not to get on only later his friends start getting killed one by one.
Final Destination -- After having a vision of his friends crashing in a plane, he tells them not to get on only later his friends start getting killed one by one.


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17 March 2000 (USA) See more »
Most people have dreams. For Alex, this is real. See more »
After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Thrilling with a creepy atmosphere. *** out of ****. See more (667 total) »


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Directed by
James Wong 
Writing credits
Glen Morgan (screenplay) &
James Wong (screenplay) and
Jeffrey Reddick (screenplay)

Jeffrey Reddick (story)

Produced by
Chris Bender .... associate producer
Richard Brener .... executive producer
Glen Morgan .... producer
Craig Perry .... producer
Art Schaefer .... co-producer
Brian Witten .... executive producer
Warren Zide .... producer
Original Music by
Adam Hamilton 
Shirley Walker 
Cinematography by
Robert McLachlan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Coblentz 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
John Willett  (as John Willet)
Art Direction by
William Heslup 
Set Decoration by
Mary-Lou Storey 
Costume Design by
Jori Woodman 
Makeup Department
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker
Paul Edwards .... hair assistant
Mike Fields .... special makeup effects artist
Rachel Griffin .... assistant makeup artist
Iesza Jessica Jordan .... make-up effects (as Iesza Snowdon)
Lisa Love .... makeup department head
Harlow MacFarlane .... special makeup effects artist
Thom MacIntyre .... key hair stylist (as Thom McIntyre)
Shauna Magrath .... additional first assistant makeup artist
Holland Miller .... special makeup effects artist
Ryan Nicholson .... special makeup effects supervisor
Geoff Redknap .... special makeup effects artist
Christ Stanley .... special makeup effects artist
Bev Wright .... makeup first assistant
Production Management
Mary Eilts .... unit production manager
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Jay Vinitsky .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brent Crowell .... third assistant director
Jack Hardy .... first assistant director
Mike Magnusson .... second assistant director: second unit (as Michael Magnusson)
Shirley-Anne Parsons .... first assistant director: second unit (as Shirley Parsons)
Velma Roberts .... third assistant director: second unit
Roger Scott Russell .... second assistant director
Lydia Stante .... first assistant director: second unit
Marianne Szabó .... third assistant director: second unit (as Marianne Szabo)
Carie Wallis .... trainee assistant director
Thomas J. Wright .... second unit director
Art Department
John Alvarez .... set designer
Travis J. Brooks .... best boy greens (as Travis J.)
Burpo .... storyboard artist (as Stephen Debonrepos)
Charlie Campbell .... carpenter
Joe Cavano .... scenic painter
Jason Claridge .... scenic artist
Janet Clark .... assistant set decorator
Vance Conway .... construction foreman
Graham Coutts .... property master
Stephen Coutu .... lead painter (as Stephen L. Coutu)
Kasia Dzieciolowska .... set dresser
Laurie Edmundson .... lead set dresser (as Laurie E. Edmundson)
Andrew Emde .... art department coordinator (as T. Andrew Emde)
Gillian Goodman .... assistant property master (as Gill Goodman)
Sally Hudson .... graphic designer (as Sally Hudson-Lawrence)
Larry Hurst .... stand-by carpenter
Brian Jansen .... carpenter's helper
Brian Jansen .... construction first aid
Joey Jow .... set decorating buyer
Herminio Kam .... paint coordinator
David Lewis .... lead hand greens (as David A. Lewis)
Philip Lunt .... best boy greens (as Phillip Lunt)
Iain MacLeod .... set dresser (as Iain A. MacLeod)
Steve Martin .... lead carpenter (as Steven D. Martin)
Johanna Mazur .... art department production assistant
Doug McCord .... set dresser
Derick McLeod .... construction coordinator
Pam McLeod .... construction buyer
Bill McMahon .... assistant art director
Marc Messenger .... storyboard artist
Aoife O'Carroll .... on-set dresser
Rick Patterson .... set dresser
Bryan Pederson .... construction foreman
Marlow Pederson .... tool maintenance (as Marlow Pedereson)
Dan Petrescu .... scenic painter
Dale Priebe .... lead carpenter
Chris Richardson .... lead carpenter
Jay Robinson .... scenic painter
Kathie Sharpe .... props assistant: second unit
Mike Shoring .... signwriter
Judy Siver .... greensperson
Michael J. Siver .... head greensman (as Michael John Siver)
Dave Tennant .... greensperson (as Dave Tenant)
Mark Tompkins .... stand-by painter
Anneke Van Oort .... set designer
Geoff Wallace .... set designer
Ray Watts .... lead carpenter
Andrew Thompson .... greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Eric Batut .... sound mixer (as Eric J. Batut)
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound effects editor
Dino Dimuro .... foley editor
Scott Martin Gershin .... co-supervising sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor
Tony Gort .... adr mixer
Dan Hegeman .... dialogue editor (as Danny Hegeman)
Philip A. Hess .... foley editor (as Philip Hess)
Constance A. Kazmer .... dialogue editor
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor (as David McMoyler)
James Moriana .... foley artist
Hugh Murphy .... digital sound assistant (as Hugh R. M. Murphy)
Tony Negrete .... adr assistant (as Tony R. Negrete)
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... first assistant sound editor
Tom Ozanich .... sound effects editor
Michelle Pazer .... adr editor
Alan Rankin .... sound effects editor
Scott Sanders .... sound effects editor
Karen Schell .... sound assistant
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Drew Webster .... digital sound mix technician
Christopher T. Welch .... dialogue editor (as Chris Welch)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Scott Wolf .... sound effects editor
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Peter Zinda .... sound effects editor
Kelly Zombor .... boom operator
Chris Glyn-Jones .... boom operator: reshoot (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dillon Armitage .... assistant special effects/fabricator
David Barkes .... assistant special effects
Darcy Davis .... assistant special effects (as Darcy John Davis)
Troy Keepence .... fabricator/welder
Tony Kochan .... assistant special effects/fabricator
Bill Pankiw .... special effects assistant
John Pereira .... assistant special effects/fabricator
Brad Purser .... first assistant special effects coordinator
Ron Seida .... assistant special effects
Terry Sonderhoff .... special effects coordinator
Mike Splatt .... special effects technician
P. Eugene Thiessen .... assistant special effects
Louis Vassalos .... fabricator/welder
Andrew Verhoeven .... special effects technician
Adrian Stansfield .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Duane Acoba .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Franklin Cofod .... digital effects coordinator: Pixel Magic
John Cornejo .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Mark Dillon .... modelshop crew: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Victor DiMichina .... scanning & recording: Pixel Magic
Mark Dornfeld .... opticals: Custom Film Effects
Charlene Eberle Douglas .... visual effects coordinator (as Charlene J. Eberle)
Roy Erickson .... systems administrator: Pixel Magic
Kevin Fisher .... scanning & recording: Pixel Magic
Patrick Flanagan .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Tyler Foell .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Pete Gerard .... lead modelmaker: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Bryson 'Pete' Gerard)
Jim Gorman .... 3D artist: Pixel Magic
Nathan Haggard .... composite artist: Pixel Magic (as Nate Haggard)
David R. Hardberger .... director of photography: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as David Hardberger)
Bruce Harris .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
David Hibsher .... 3D artist: Pixel Magic
Ginger Joyce .... accountant: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
John Joyce .... lead modelmaker: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Michael Joyce .... model shop supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Jason Kaufman .... modelshop crew: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Jason O. Kaufman)
Aaron Kirsch .... first assistant camera: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
David Knudson .... key grip: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Jennifer Hall Lee .... effects producer: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Jennifer Lee)
George Macri .... software development: Pixel Magic
James Marbas .... visual effects
Christopher McCormick .... modelshop crew: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Dennis McHugh .... gaffer: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor: Pixel Magic (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Karla McIntyre .... production coordinator: Pixel Magic
Heather J. Morrison .... visual effects editor (as Heather Morrison)
Patrick Murphy .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Reid Paul .... digital operations manager: Pixel Magic
Jeryd Pojawa .... modelshop crew: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
A.J. Raitano .... first assistant camera: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Arthur J. Raitano)
Alfredo Ramirez .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Gary Rhodaback .... modelshop crew: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Stefan Rhys .... production coordinator: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Stefan P. Rees)
Lauren Ritchie .... executive in charge of visual effects
Mark Ross-Sullivan .... modelshop crew: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Jim Sanfilippo .... key grip: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Jim V. Sanfilippo)
Ray Scalice .... general manager: Pixel Magic
Brian V. Siador .... production assistant: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Richard King Slifka .... modelshop crew: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Richard K. Slifka)
Geordie Spradling .... composite artist: Pixel Magic
Ken Swenson .... lead modelmaker: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
Jon Tanimoto .... digital effects supervisor (as John Tanimoto)
Juan Carlos Vargas .... 3D artist: Pixel Magic (as Juan Vargas)
Ariel Velasco-Shaw .... visual effects producer (as Ariel Velasco Shaw)
Ariel Velasco-Shaw .... visual effects supervisor (as Ariel Velasco Shaw)
Ken Wilder .... 3D artist: Pixel Magic
Xye .... visual effects
Lou Zutavern .... lead modelmaker: Cinema Production Services, Inc. (as Louis Zutavern)
James Bamford .... stunts
Dustin Brooks .... stunts
Richard Brooks .... stunt double
Yves Cameron .... stunts
Dean Choe .... stunts
Jocelyn Clarke .... stunts (as Jocelyn Clark)
Duane Dickinson .... stunts
Marny Eng .... stunts
Alette Falle .... stunt double
Corry Glass .... stunt double
Alex Green .... stunts
Braden Haggerty .... stunts
Carol Jackson .... stunts
Ernie Jackson .... stunts
David Jacox .... stunts (as David Jacox Jr.)
Ron James .... stunts
Fred Jordan .... stunts
Yuka Kobayashi .... stunts
Michael Langlois .... stunt double
J.J. Makaro .... stunt coordinator (as JJ Makaro)
J.J. Makaro .... stunt double (as JJ Makaro)
Kit Mallet .... stunt double
Bev Martin .... stunts
Cotton Mather .... stunts
Leslie McMichael .... stunts (as Leslie Spongberg)
Steven McMichael .... stunts (as Steve McMichaels)
Gaston Morrison .... stunts (as Gaston Howard)
Cristina Mylrea .... stunts
David Mylrea .... assistant stunt coordinator
David Mylrea .... stunts
Scott Nicholson .... stunts
Fred Perron .... stunts
Patrick Pfrimmer .... stunt double
Fiona Roeske .... stunts
Trish Schill .... stunt double
Bill Stewart .... stunt double
Lori Stewart .... stunts
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunts
Danny Virtue .... stunts
Marshall Virtue .... stunt double
Scott Nicholson .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adams .... gaffer: second unit
Victor Aguirre .... still photography intern
William N.J. Barber .... rigging grip (as W.N.J. Barber)
Ariane Behrend .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Justin Bergler .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Justin Bergler .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Fraser Boyle .... key grip
Dave Brown .... grip (as David Brown)
Cory Budney .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Cory Budney .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Trevor Butt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Terry Calhoun .... gaffer
Terry Calhoun .... gaffer: second unit (as Terry P. Calhoun)
Terry Calhoun .... lighting best boy
Anthony Creery .... grip
Anthony Creery .... key grip: second unit
Cam Esau .... lighting technician
Glen Forrieter .... dolly grip
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeff Hall .... rigging best boy
Frank Halpenny .... rigging gaffer (as G. F. Halpenny)
Shane Harvey .... still photographer
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Junichi Hosoi .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator: "a" camera
Stephen Jackson .... chief lighting technician
Gilbert Jamault .... generator operator
Julian Keyzer .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (as Julian Keyser)
Julian Keyzer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Julian Ross Keyzer)
Anthony King .... lamp operator
Bud Lafaut .... video assist
Carol Macdonald .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Carol MacDonald)
John Marilley-Bodner .... lamp operator (as John Morrilley Bodwen)
Klaus Melchior .... video playback
Clint Paglaro .... video assist
Shelly Papp .... lamp operator
Ivor Pedersen .... best boy grip
Brett Peterson .... best boy grip: second unit
Ron Precious .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit (as Ronald J. Precious)
George Ramage .... lighting board operator
Isabelle Rioux .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
John Seale .... first assistant camera (as John Seale Jr.)
Tyler Woeste .... camera trainee (as Tyler L. Woeste)
Michael Wrinch .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit
Michael Wrinch .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Wrinch .... director of photography: second unit
Derick Wyainsky .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Richard Zimmerman .... grip
Guy Barrett .... electrical rigger (uncredited)
George Ramage .... rigging best boy electric (uncredited)
Animation Department
Paolo G. Venturi .... computer animation playback
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting associate: Canada
Andy Fraser .... casting assistant: Canada
Lonnie Mackenzie .... extras casting assistant
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Mandy Milicevic .... extras casting assistant (as Mandy Miliceic)
Wendy O'Brien .... casting assistant
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting coordinator
Laura Schneider .... casting assistant: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marnie Ander .... set costumer
Scarlet D. Armstrong .... costumer: second unit
Andre Brouwer .... set costumer
Carolyn Cameron .... costumer (as Carolyn Pavelick)
Debbie Geaghan .... costume set supervisor
Kevin Knight .... assistant costume designer
Kathryn McPhie .... costumer
Kurtis Reeves .... costumer
Editorial Department
Carolle Alain .... assistant editor: Vancouver
Logan Breit .... first assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter: Kona Cutting
Bryan Lamoureux .... apprentice editor
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
George McCarthy .... assistant editor
Claudia Morgado .... assistant editor: Vancouver
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Jeanie Won .... post-production assistant
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Matt Evans .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Kristopher Carter .... musician: electronic percussion
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... music contractor: The Music Team
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Robert Fernandez .... score recordist (as Bobby Fernandez)
Alison Freebairn-Smith .... music administrator
Richard A. Harrison .... assistant music editor
Mark Kaufman .... music clearance executive
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Larry Rench .... orchestrator
Lolita Ritmanis .... orchestrator
Chris Seefried .... musician: end title song
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Mako Sujishi .... synth recordist
Peter Tomashek .... orchestrator
Shirley Walker .... music conductor
Mike Watts .... score mock-ups
Patti Zimmitti .... music contractor: The Music Team
Transportation Department
David R. Anderson .... transportation coordinator (as David Anderson)
Jim Barley .... driver: Mr. Wong (as James Barley)
Elaine Barrett .... transportation captain (as Elaine Barret)
Don Bell .... picture vehicle coordinator
L. Michael Eddy .... driver
Harold Felhauer .... driver (as Harold Fehauer)
Grant Flack .... driver (as Grant Flak)
Jeff Gallen .... driver
Gary Ham .... driver
Dan Irwine .... driver
Ken C. Johnson .... driver (as Ken Johnson)
Jim Lauance .... driver
Philip Murray .... driver
W. Corky Murray .... driver
James Perenseff .... transportation captain (as James E. Perenseff)
Les Peters .... driver
Ken Reed .... driver
Other crew
Peter Almolky .... craft service: second unit (as Peter Anthony Almolky)
Peter Almolky .... first aid: second unit (as Peter Anthony Almolky)
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances, Inc.
Will Baum .... chef: Location Caterers (as Wilhelm [Wil] Baum)
Dana Belcastro .... production executive
Bruce Bennett .... set wireman
Terry Brooks .... location scout
Rich Brown .... payroll accountant
Bill Burns .... location manager (as William M.S. Burns)
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Terence Chase .... security
Jody Chow .... first assistant production coordinator
Jason Collier .... production assistant
Gloria Davies .... unit publicist
Ian Doig .... animal trainer: wild animals
Phaedra Eccleston .... assistant production coordinator
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Karen Eisenstadt .... production accountant
Trevor Fieldhouse .... assistant location manager: second unit
Chloe Finch .... daily production assistant
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Jennie Frankel .... assistant: Warren Zide
Christopher Furanna .... second chef assistant: Location Caterers
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Benjamin Glenday .... stand-in (as Ben Glenday)
Kasandra Greene .... production coordinator (as Kasandra Greene Griebel)
Clear Hadden .... assistant: Glen Morgan & James Wong (as Clear Hadden-Gunther)
Ken Hovgaard .... location scout
Ken Hovgaard .... trainee assistant location manager
Joel Hurley .... location scout: re-shoots
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Lee Jenkinson .... assistant accountant
Mike Jocelyn .... stand-in
Mark J. Levenstein .... production supervisor: additional photography
Michael Lewis .... production attorney
Terry Mackay .... assistant location manager
Grace MacLeod .... animal trainer
Leona Maddeaux .... accounting trainee
Brooke K. McGill .... accounting clerk
Lynda Mills .... location production assistant
Lynda Mills .... production assistant: second unit (as Linda Mills)
Julia Minnie .... production office assistant
Jennifer Mount .... risk management
Julie Ng .... assistant: Glen Morgan
Alli Nowak .... assistant: James Wong
Peter Pantages .... location manager: second unit
Stephanie Pecuch .... assistant: Dana Belcastro (as Stephanie Pecuch-Cathell)
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Holly Amber Proulx .... second assistant production coordinator
Chito Queip .... chef assistant: Location Caterers (as Chit Queipo)
Steven John Reynolds .... accounting clerk (as Steve Reynolds)
Kyle Riefsnyder .... stand-in
Greg Scott .... stand-in
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances, Inc.
Karen Simpson .... stand-in
Julie Slater .... assistant: Art Schaefer (as Julie A. Slater)
Bob Sobhani .... assistant: Craig Perry (as Robert Sobhani)
David Sporn .... contract administrator
Dinean Stayk .... trainee location manager
Carla Swanson .... title designer
Robert Szita .... security
Karen Tan .... accounting clerk (as Karen A. Tan)
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Beverly Turner .... stand-in
Kelli Turner .... production office assistant
Ryf Van Rij .... stand-in
Rita Whicker .... stand-in
Steve Woodley .... head animal trainer
Steve Wright .... helicopter pilot
Maureen Young .... craft service
Maureen Young .... first aid
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Dave Gilbert .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Mili .... production assistant (uncredited)
Derek Robinson .... stand-in (uncredited)
W. Scott Weston .... production assistant: Victoria, BC (uncredited)
Vernon Geberth .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie

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Rated R for violence and terror, and for language
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Malaysia:18SG | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (TV rating) | South Africa:16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (Certificate #36987)

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Ms. Lewton's conversation with the co-pilot to let the teachers back on the plane was completely improvised.See more »
Factual errors: Alex dreamt that there was a decompression and part of the plane's fuselage broke off. This would neither be related to the scavenger fuel pump explosion nor would it cause such an explosion.See more »
Billy Hitchcock:There they go, here we stay.
[as he watches the plane take off and then explode]
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52 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Thrilling with a creepy atmosphere. *** out of ****., 31 March 2000


Starring: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Chad E. Donella, Amanda Detmer, and Kristen Cloke. Directed by James Wong. Written by Jeffrey Reddick, Glen Morgan and James Wong. Running time: 90 minutes. Rated R (for terror violence and language).

I think it is safe to say every individual has different feelings about death. Some fear it. Others deny it. Most are weary in some way regarding decease. "Final Destination" is a perfect thriller for skeptics, detailing seven confused individuals who accidentally escape demise, discovering the impossibility of defrauding their destined time. The film's atmosphere provokes cringe through a presumably omnipresent force stalking the characters, producing audience participation whether the Grim Reaper is footsteps away from us all.

Devon Sawa ("Idle Hands," "Wild America") is a high school senior named Alex Browning. He and his French class are at an airport flying to Paris for a field trip with their teacher, Ms. Lewton (Kristen Cloke). Once on the plane Alex begins to experience a dream-like vision of the jet exploding in midair killing all of its passengers. As the plane is about to descend, Alex notices his illusion gradually comes to life. This leaves him no choice but to cause a small riot leaving him and six other passengers thrown off the flight.

Students Carter (Kerr Smith), the ignorant jerk and girlfriend Terry (Amanda Detmer), Alex's best friend, Tod (Chad E. Donella), other peers Billy (Seann William Scott), Clear (Ali Larter), Ms. Lewton and Alex watch from the airport as their late flight bursts into flames within minutes after takeoff-leaving these characters suspiciously confused about fate.

The film wastes no time depicting its setup. The rushed opening leads to lack of character development. Whereas the character's personalities are clear, we feel little remorse for many of them. The dramatic premise is horrific and revealing, playing like an extended "The X Files" episode without paranormal detectives. "Final Destination" is creative and full of variety; we witness the plane crash from two different perspectives, as a passenger and an observer.

Days after the crash, the survivors begin to die in unusual manners-almost as if a curse of death was placed on them for cheating demise. Alex digs deeper and discovers his companions are being killed by strange coincidences in the order they would have died from the explosion on the flight. In desperation, he attempts to contradict death for everyone remaining while under superstition of two disillusioned law enforcers.

There are a few overlooked characters in "Final Destination," mostly adults who seem to have an IQ score in the mid-nineties. The teenager's parents are left out most of the story. There is also a briefly creepy appearance by a mortician but is short-circuited by the plot. He is one of the many characters who end up explaining a lot of the plot to us.

Most recent teen horror romps feature a madman chasing characters with sharp objects. "Final Destination" is too smart to fall in that cliché, however. It has a punctual reason for inhabiting teens: these are young people full of energy and life, all the more reason for them to fight death.

The film, written by Jeffrey Reddick, Glen Morgan and director James Wong, never explains why the Alex character has visions of upcoming disasters. The idea makes for an intriguing story, but there are no interesting subplots or side characters here. Therefore without being backed up by supporting stories the filmmakers must thoroughly justify the character's reason for being. Wong seems to overlook Alex's illusions, a concept holding the entire movie together.

Although "Final Destination" provides many edge-of-your-seat surprises and tension, the film likes to poke fun at many of its scenes. Like the average teenage thriller, the movie takes itself seriously about three quarters of the time-leaving the last quarter as comic relief. Certainly having nothing against comedic sequences in horror flicks, I just prefer a movie true to its genre. Even though "Final Destination" is nowhere near perfect, it is the truest film to the teen slasher gender along time.

"Final Destination" is brought to you by New Line Cinema.

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