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Final Destination
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Directed By
James Wong

Written By:
Glen Morgan, James Wong, Jeffrey Reddick

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

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Final Destination (2000)
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Movie Review by Chris
September 1st, 2007

Alex is boarding his place to France on a school trip, when he suddenly gets a premonition that the plane will explode. When Alex and a group of students are thrown off the plane, to their horror, the plane does in fact explode. Alex must not work out Death's plan, as each of the surviving students fall victim. Whilst preventing the worst from happening, Alex must also dodge the FBI, who believe Alex caused the explosion.

Describing Final Destination as your ordinary everyday slasher film would be very hard for me to do. As normally slasher films deal with a depressed maniac who grew up fatherless who just gets mad at the world and begins killing people under circumstances like revenge or anger. Final Destination, directed by James Wong is quite unlike this.

James Wong has directed films such as The One with Jet Li and Final Destination 3. While most of his movies arent exactly perfect, Final Destination seems to have been a big breakthrough for him both as a producer and a director. Final Destination actually won the Saturn Award for best horror film when it was released. The directing of FD is rather good, certainly better then both The One and FD 3. All of the death scenes were set up and shot nicely while the suspense here is pretty good in some sequences.

Glen Morgan, James Wong and Jeffrey Reddick are responsible for the some what good script that the film gives us. While lines like "I will never die" and others certainly dont fit the acquired material, most of the story that revolves around the film is played out and supported nicely from the script. While some moments could have been written better and everything, the story was explained nicely and set up accurately.

The death scenes of FD are certainly worth watching the film for. The opening plane crash scene was done with careful measures to make it look as good as it does. While one side of the plane explodes off it makes it seem as if this was a real crash and everything. The final explosion which ends the scene also looks really good. Besides this the only real CGI take over seen was an amazing looking bus hit. This scene looked so incredibly real that I watched the scene over and over again just to find a mistake in it and it did not work.

Final Verdict: Final Destination is a great jump into the horror film world and does a good job on many levels.

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