Final Destination (2000)

JAMES WONG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA/Canada, 2000.  , Zide-Perry Productions, Hard Eight Pictures.  Story by , Screenplay by , James Wong, Jeffrey Reddick.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Hilarious attempt at horror begins with an interesting premise but is then torn apart by bad direction, silly dialogue and weak performances. is an overly sensitive teenager who for some reason sees horrific omens in just about everything from a cloudy night sky to a rainy windowsill. After boarding a plane to Paris with his fellow high school students and their teachers, he has a vision of the plane exploding that prompts him to cause a fuss on the airplane and get him and five other people from their party kicked off the flight. Trouble is, his premonition turns out be correct and the airplane explodes after takeoff. At first he and the other survivors are grateful to have been saved from death, but when the remaining passengers begin dying in freak accidents, it becomes apparent to our little sage that death is out to get him and his pals for having cheated their way out the first time. The various ways that these characters meet their makers are so far-fetched that there is no way any viewer in their right mind (and yes, I understand that teenaged audience members can never be accused of this particular luxury) would ever find them scary, but it would at least be more fun if director James Wong wasn’t trying so hard to make a serious movie.

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