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The Final Destination trilogy of films are the ultimate guilty pleasure in the Horror genre. I don't know why, but I don't hate the series, I find them quite decent, and comical at times. However this first entry in the trilogy is the best, and semingly most serious of the three that I've seen. The film surrounds a high school (Devon Sawa) who has a vision of the plane he's on to go to paris on a fiekl trip explode in midair shortly after take off. As the plane explode, it's not long thereafter that the seven survivors die one by one in the order that they were seated on the plane. Obviously Final Destination is yet another teen horror film, but it's actually one of the better ones to come out. I found this film to be pretty good considering. The acting is not great, I mean it's Devon Sawa, not exactly a class actor. What I love the most about the first one is the story, it's a pretty original concept and the Idea is, but because of the acting, it falls flat and doesn't quite soar. Even if this film doesn't quite soar due to the acting, it still does manage a few good entertaining moments. Of all the Final Destination films that I've seen, this has suspense, thrills and horrifying moments and what it does that the sequels don't do is try to make the viewer uncomfortable. Which is something thats well done in this first entry. However this is not a perfect horror film, and will probably won't stand the test of time, but for what it is, it's pretty entertaining. Final Destination is the best one of the trilogy and despite it's flawed story, it is pretty original, and is one of the best teen horror films to come out in the teen horror era. However like most of the teen horror films like Scream, Urban Legend and I know what you did last summer this film will most likely be forgotten in the next ten years to come. A true definition of a guilty pleasure.
- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, October 12, 2010
"But what if it was our time? What if we were not meant to get off that plane? What if it still is our time?" I'm sure everyone on Earth knows how these movies work, by now. A group of people (attractive teenagers, for the most part) narrowly escape certain Death as participants in some disaster. Yes, Death, with a capital D. But Death is not to be denied, so he sets up increasingly elaborate scenarios to kill off the survivors, while they attempt to thwart his plans yet again and live another day. As you can tell from the description, these movies are basically just about the death scenes and trying to guess how each person is going to bite the bullet, before it happens. They're like Saw without the torture and convoluted back story. Compared to the movies that came later in the series, the original Final Destination isn't nearly as inventive or brutal with its death scenes. Some of them will seem downright tame to today's audiences (this movie was released way back in 2000, after all). But, if you're a genre fan who can still find entertainment in even a mild dose of this formula, Final Destination probably won't be a waste of your 98 minutes.
- lewiskendell, Saturday, July 24, 2010