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Final Destination - A Movie Review

'Final Destination' is an on-edge suspenseful film that keeps you on your toes about death.

By Marielle SabbagPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
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Even if we cheat Death will know.

Escaping from the plane into theaters in 2000, Final Destination is about a group of survivors from a plane explosion. After he experiences a premonition about the explosion, Alex has several visions leading to the deaths of the other survivors.

I have not taken the time to watch Final Destination in its entirety until now and I’m surprised that there’s more emotional resolve to it than I anticipated. Final Destination is an on-edge suspenseful film that keeps you on your toes about death.

The ensemble cast of Final Destination delivers standout performances, enhancing the film's gripping narrative. Devon Sawa portrays the protagonist, Alex Browning with skillful precision and compelling emotional depth.

In addition to Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke, Chad Donello, Seann William Scott, and Amanda Detmer each bring their own unique energy and charisma to the screen, further enhancing the dynamic of the ensemble. Notably, horror icon Tony Todd makes a memorable appearance as a foreboding mortician.

The ensemble of Final Destination is more than what they’re stereotyped as. Grappling with the shock of escaping death, this incident affects all of them differently. Carter prefers to keep his tough guy persona while Mrs. Lewton is so overcome by the trauma that she has to leave town.

James Wong created a tense atmosphere and did an outstanding job with the character's direction. Unlike the rest of the franchise, Wong focused more on the story than figuring out how to up the kills. Based on my opinion of the rest of the Final Destination franchise, the first film pays more attention to story details over the vicious and deadly kills.

The opening to Final Destination is an anxiety-inducing sequence. If you’re about to go on a plane trip, do not watch this movie beforehand. The plane set was built on a gimbal to make it shake.

The pacing is done very well. Right after the plane explosion, the film takes the time to showcase how the events have affected the group. The emotions are heavy and realistic.

Behind the scenes of Final Destination, there were several intriguing production details that contributed to the film's success. In the first draft of Final Destination, originally the characters were supposed to be seven strangers. I like the change to a high school setting. The relationships and dynamics of the group are more significant.

As the body count rises, the audience is forced to confront the fragility of life and the unsettling notion that death may be lurking around any corner, waiting for its next victim. You are not safe no matter what you do. The film makes any safe inanimate object look dangerous. Final Destination is a nerve-wracking film because the deaths are realistic.

Furthermore, the film’s use of foreshadowing is excellent and creative. I won’t give away too much, but several of these kills are graphic. Death, it seems, has a meticulous plan for each of them. Viewers witness people being burned alive, getting hit by a bus, and one person’s head is split off.

In case you haven’t guessed, Final Destination is a gory film. The deaths are very bloody. The makeup crew was busy designing elaborate death sequences and blending innovative visual techniques to heighten the impact of each chilling demise.

Wong expertly crafts a sense of impending dread that lingers long after the credits roll, leaving audiences with a lingering sense of unease that few horror films achieve. Final Destination is only a film for some due to its grim subject matter. Check it out if you are curious.

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About the Creator

Marielle Sabbag

Writing has been my passion since I was 11 years old. I love creating stories from fiction, poetry, fanfiction. I enjoy writing movie reviews. I would love to become a creative writing teacher and leave the world inspiring minds.

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  • Naveed 4 months ago

    your review is very well-written and informative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Final Destination.

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