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Final destination - James Wong, Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Face your deepest fears... before they face you.

Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), is embarking on a trip to Paris with his high school French class. In the plane's cabin, buckled-in and ready for take-off, Alex experiences a powerful premonition. He sees the plane explode in a fiery blaze moments after leaving the ground. Alex panics and insists that everyone get off the plane. In the mêlée than ensues, seven people including Alex, are forced to disembark the ill-fated aircraft.

Back in the departure lounge, Alex and his friends Billy (Seann William Scott) and Tod (Chad E Donella); Clear (Ali Larter) a young woman who instinctively heeded Alex's warning; Carter (Kerr Smith), whose derision of Alex's paranoia had him and his girlfriend Terry (Amanda Detmer) thrown off the plane; and Ms Lewton (Kristen Cloke), the teacher who volunteers to stay with the disembarking students, all watch as Alex's horrific premonition proves tragically accurate when the plane explodes in a catastrophic fireball.

Ironically, even though Alex's intuition saves lives, after the crash he is plagued by both guilt and suspicion. Ominous portents of doom as well as the FBI dog his every step. Alex comes to believe that somehow, he and the other survivors have briefly cheated death, but will not be able to evade their fate for very long. Clear befriends Alex, but no one, not even she, really believes his macabre theory - not even as one by one, these fugitives from fate fall victim to the grim reaper.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film horror thriller teen death precognition intuition future

Persons of interest

  • Devon Sawa .... Alexander "Alex" Chance Browning
  • Ali Larter .... Clear Rivers
  • Kerr Smith .... Carter Horton
  • Kristen Cloke .... Ms Valerie "Val" Lewton
  • Daniel Roebuck .... Agent Weine
  • Roger Guenveur Smith .... Agent Schreck
  • Chad E Donella .... Tod Waggner
  • Seann William Scott .... William "Billy" Hitchcock
  • Tony Todd .... William "Bill" Bludworth
  • Amanda Detmer .... Terry Chaney
  • Brendan Fehr .... George Waggner
  • Forbes Angus .... Larry Murnau
  • Lisa Marie Caruk .... Christa Marsh
  • Christine Chatelain .... Blake Dreyer
  • Barbara Tyson .... Mrs Barbara Browning
  • Jeffrey Reddick .... Storywriter
  • Jeffrey Reddick .... Screenwriter
  • Glen Morgan .... Screenwriter
  • James Wong .... Screenwriter
  • James Wong .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

A fun thriller with some nice bits of gore.

Final destination is a low-brain, pop culture analysis of death and dying, based in the traditional teen horror flick genre. The internal logic is consistent but it falls down when applied to the real world. Death becomes an anthropomorphic force with a game plan for each and every person on earth. Alex and Clear's visions are the de-anthropomorphic balance, with reality slipping sideways into the world of the supernatural. It's all very interesting but is best viewed as the piece of popcorn that it is.

Devon keeps the whole thing together with a solid and gutsy performance: lust, love, angst and anguish are as meat and potatoes. As a non-pretty child actor moving into the teen genre he holds more than his own, keep watching his career to see what he does with his talent. The other adolescents all operate at a lower level, as they should in a film with a heroic individual as centrepiece, but sometimes Kerr and Seann William come across as gung-ho blokes stuck into a movie rather than actors crafting a role. Whatever, this ain't Shakespeare.

The dialogue is surprisingly good for the genre, probably because of the way Devon sells it, but the plot makes no great leaps for (Hu)mankind. But hey, it still ain't Shakespeare.

If you want a good scare and some gore-inspired laughs then Final destination is perfect, just remember that it ain't Shakespeare.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, horror theme)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS retail: 9 May 2001

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