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Final Destination

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Wong
Produced by Glen Morgan
Warren Zide
Craig Perry
Associate Producer:
Chris Bender
Co-Producer:
Art Schaeffer
Executive Producer:
Richard Brener
Brian Witten
Written by Screenplay:
Glen Morgan
James Wong
Jeffrey Reddick
Story:
Jeffrey Reddick
Starring Devon Sawa
Ali Larter
Kerr Smith
Kristen Cloke
Seann William Scott
Chad Donella
Music by Shirley Walker
Cinematography Robert McLachlan
Editing by James Coblentz
Studio Zide/Perry Productions
Hard Eight Pictures
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) March 17, 2000[1]
Running time 98 min.
Country Canada
United States
Language English
French
Japanese
Budget $23 million[1]
Gross revenue $112,880,294[1]
Followed by Final Destination 2

Final Destination is a 2000 supernatural-thriller-horror, about a group of teenagers who cheat death by avoiding a plane crash when one of them, Alex, has a premonition of their deaths. Soon after their escape, they begin dying one-by-one in mysterious freak accidents. The script was originally written by Jeffrey Reddick as a spec script for The X-Files. Director James Wong worked as a writer, producer and director on that series. The film is distributed by New Line Cinema. The DVD was released on September 26, 2000.[2] The film was the first in the Final Destination series, which has since produced three sequels and a series of books.

Final Destination takes place on Long Island.[3] Locations such as Jones Beach and John F. Kennedy International Airport are shown. Nassau County is mentioned. However, Vancouver International Airport stood in for JFK.

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Plot

Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) is going on a high school graduation trip to Paris with his fellow students. Before Volée Air Flight 180's take-off, Alex has a premonition that the flight will explode in mid-air, killing everybody on-board. Alex then finds himself back on the plane while it is still boarding. When events from his vision begin to repeat themselves in reality, he panics and attempts to stop the flight before take-off. The resulting commotion leads to a handful of passengers being left behind, including Alex, orphan Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), Alex's best friend Tod Waggner (Chad Donella), teacher Valerie Lewton (Kristen Cloke), Alex's rival Carter Horton (Kerr Smith), Carter's girlfriend Terry Chaney (Amanda Detmer), and student Billy Hitchcock (Sean William Scott). After they are all forced off the plane, none of the passengers believe that Alex's vision will come true until the airliner takes off and explodes in mid-air, killing everyone who was on board. The survivors are devastated, and two FBI agents interview the people taken off the plane, and are particularly interested with Alex's vision.

One month later, Tod is strangled in a bizarre accident. When Alex and Clear go to see his body a mysterious mortician (Tony Todd) tells them that Death is intervening to kill everyone who was meant to die on the plane. Terry soon becomes the next victim; after being hit by a bus. After watching a news report detailing the cause of the explosion of Flight 180 Alex comes to the conclusion that Death is killing the survivors in the order they would have died in the explosion on the plane. He determines that Ms. Lewton is next. He rushes to her house but arrives too late to save her from being impaled in the chest with a knife.

Alex contacts the remaining survivors, Billy, Clear and Carter, to tell them what he thinks is happening. As they are riding in Carter's car, Alex has another premonition of a train and a seat-belt ripping. Frustrated with not having control over his death, Carter attempts to drive head-on into a fuel tanker but the car seemingly by itself turns and avoids the collision, Carter then stops his car on a train crossing, wanting to kill himself before Death does. At the last moment however he changes his mind but cannot exit his car as his seat-belt is jammed. Alex rushes to help Carter from his car, and as he foresaw, Carter's seat-belt rips and he is freed a second before the train destroys the car, thus cheating death. Billy, however is gruesomely decapitated from the mouth up by a piece of flying wreckage from the vehicle.

Alex believes that because he intervened in Carter's death he has saved Carter, Death skipped Carter and went on to Billy. Later he remembers in his original premonition he was asked to switch seats on the plane, and realizes that Clear is actually the next to die. Alex rushes to Clear's house to find her trapped in her car surrounded by fire. She is unable to escape her vehicle, which is about to explode, as a damaged electrical cable is precariously flipping around outside. Alex saves her by picking up the live cable, however he is electrocuted. Clear and the police rush to Alex's aid as the screen fades to white.

Six months later, Alex, Clear, and Carter are in Paris talking about their experience, and celebrating that it is all over and they are finally in Paris. Shortly thereafter, a freak accident involving a bus causes a giant neon sign to swing off a hinge down towards Alex. Carter manages to intervene and pushes Alex to the ground, with the sign swinging down past the two of them and back up again. Carter then stands up and turns to Alex who is still on the ground. Carter asks Alex who is next. However, before he finishes his sentence, the sign can be seen swinging back down on its momentum towards where Carter is standing. The screen cuts to black a split second before the sign would have hit Carter, and a loud whack is heard. His death is not actually shown, but it is strongly implied, leaving Alex and Clear the last two survivors of Flight 180.

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Music

Final Destination (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Final Destination (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by Shirley Walker
Released 2000
Genre Soundtrack
Film score
Label Weendigo Records
  1. "Main Title" – 3:01
  2. "Night Wind" – 1:05
  3. "September 25, 9:25 PM" – 0:46
  4. "Volee Airlines" – 0:29
  5. "Flight 180" – 0:54
  6. "Bad Dream, Part 1" – 1:27
  7. "Bad Dream, Part 2" – 0:39
  8. "Out of Flight 180" – 1:00
  9. "The Crash" – 0:37
  10. "Aftermath" – 1:50
  11. "Solitude" – 1:30
  12. "The First" – 3:14
  13. "Fuselage" – 0:11
  14. "Todd's Death" – 1:53
  15. "Too Late" – 1:19
  16. "Commemoration" – 1:20
  17. "The Morgue" – 2:36
  18. "Signs" – 0:45
  19. "The Drawing" – 0:57
  20. "Miss Lewton" – 2:18
  21. "Fire Signs" – 0:12
  22. "No Luck" – 0:25
  23. "Remember" – 1:04
  24. "The Train Accident" – 1:52
  25. "Preparation" – 3:20
  26. "Clears Home" – 0:36
  27. "Alex's Revelation" – 8:10
  28. "Six Months Later" – 0:43
  29. "Non-Stop Ending" – 1:39
  30. "End Credits" – 2:01

Songs featured in the motion picture

  • "Rocky Mountain High" - Performed by John Denver
  • "Hundred Grand" - Performed by Pete Atherton
  • "Into the Void" - Performed by Nine Inch Nails
  • "All the Candles in the World" - Performed by Jane Siberry
  • "And When I Die" - Performed by Joe 90
  • "Rocky Mountain High" (French version) - Performed by Alessandro Juliani

Box office

The film opened at #3 at the North American box office making $10,015,822 USD in its opening weekend. The film got stuck at the third position the following week before falling to #7 the week after.

Rating

Final Destination received an R rating in the United States for violence and terror, and for language. In the United Kingdom, it received a 15 rating. In Ireland, it received an 18 for violence, horror, and language. In Australia, it received a MA rating which is for mature audiences 15 years and over.

Reception

Final Destination received mixed but mainly negative reviews, with an overall 29% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 85 reviews (60 negative, 25 positive).[4] James Berardinelli gave the film 1 out of 4 stars, heavily criticizing all aspects of the film, concluding "the deserved final destination for this movie is a reserved plot in the cinematic graveyard, but, based on the projected box office take, I have a sinking feeling it may cheat that fate."[5] Ben Falk from the BBC gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, stating that while the film was "not exactly ground-breaking" it did have a "constant sense of humour and some clever twists".[6] Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun Times gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, stating "Final Destination will no doubt be a hit and inspire the obligatory sequels. Like the original "Scream," this movie is too good to be the end of the road. I have visions of my own."[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Final Destination". Boxofficemojo.com. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=finaldestination.htm. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Final Destination". Cswap.com. http://www.cswap.com/2000/Final_Destination. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Final Destination and Final Destination 2 (review)". Flickfilosopher.com. January 31, 2003. http://www.flickfilosopher.com/flickfilos/archive/2003/finaldestination.shtml. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Final Destination". Rottentomatoes.com. http://au.rottentomatoes.com/m/final_destination/. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ Berardinelli, James. "Final Destination". Reelviews.net. http://www.reelviews.net/php_review_template.php?identifier=1018. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ Falk, Ben (February 16, 2001). "Final Destination". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/02/16/final_destination_2000_review.shtml. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (March 17, 2000). "Final Destination". Chicago Sun Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20000317/REVIEWS/3170304/1023. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Final Destination is a March 1980 film about a teenage boy who had a vision of a plane crashing and was able to get some of his friends off in time. However, the survivors start to die off one by one in mysterious ways.

Directed by James Wong. Written by Jeffrey Reddick, Glen Morgan and James Wong.
Most People Have Dreams. For Alex, This Is Real. (Taglines)

Contents

Alex Browning

  • [After Carter asks who's next] You think it's gonna make it easier to know, Carter? [Everyone looks at him] It's not. It's gonna make it fuckin' harder.
  • [yelling at Death] You tried to capitalize but I caught you, you fuck! Yeah, I can beat you. Not forever, but I've got this cabin rigged to beat you now!

Carter Horton

  • We blow half a day in Paris, all because Browning had a bad fucking dream?
  • As far as I know, this shit can circle around and get us all again. But for right now, I'm the safest fucker in the world, because you're still NEXT.
  • I'm never gonna die!

Dialogue

Tod Waggner: Let's go take a shit.
Alex Browning: Why can't you go take a shit by yourself?
Tod Waggner: Listen, okay? Listen. Say you're on the plane, all of a sudden your body wants that airplane food out. You go to torque a wicked cable and right after you walks in Krista or Blake. Now, do you want them to associate you with that watery sting in their eye, that reflective gag at the back of their throat?

Alex Browning: [describing his premonition] I saw it. Like, I don't know, I just saw it. I saw it on the runway, I saw it take off. I saw out my window. I saw the ground. And–and the cabin starts to shake, right? And the left side blows up and the whole plane just explodes! And it was so real, just how everything happens, you know?
Tod Waggner: You've been on a lot of planes that blew up?

Clear Rivers: Almost autumn.
Alex Browning: It's only the end of June.
Clear Rivers: Yeah, but everything's always in transition. If you focus, even now, just one week into summer, you can almost feel autumn coming. [turns toward Alex] Kinda like being able to see the future.

[In the morgue]
Clear Rivers: This gives me a rush!
Alex Browning: What? This place?
Clear Rivers: Doing something I'm not supposed to.

Alex Browning: Ms. Lewton, I—
Val Lewton: Don't talk to me, you scare the hell out of me.

Others

  • Bludworth: In death, there are no accidents, no coincidences, no mishaps and no escapes.
  • Tod Waggner: [Reading his memorial speech] We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast. But when we say this, we imagine that the hour is placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun, or that death could arrive this same afternoon — this afternoon which is so certain, and which has every hour filled in advance.
  • Terry: I'm moving on, Carter. And if you want to waste your life beating the shit out of Alex every time you see him then! You can just drop fucking dead. [Gets hit by a bus, killing her]
  • Billy Hitchcock: [Wondering who is next to die] Please tell me I'm gonna get to see the Jets win the Super Bowl!
  • Billy Hitchcock: [Repeated Line] Carter, you dick!

Taglines

  • Most People Have Dreams. For Alex, This Is Real.
  • Death Doesn't Take No For An Answer.
  • No Accidents. No Coincidences. No Escapes. You Can't Cheat Death.

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