Final Destination (New Line Platinum Series)
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Death doesn't take no for an answer. Death is coming. And Alex Browning is cursed with knowing when, how and where the grim reaper will take his next victim to the Final Destination. After boarding a plane to Europe with his fellow French club members, high school student Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) has a premonition of the aircraft exploding moments after takeoff, killing every on board. Alex panics, insisting that everyone get off the plane. In the melee than ensues, seven people, including Alex, are forced to disembark--saving them from a fiery death when the plan explodes as Alex foresaw. But as, one by one, each of these seven who cheated fate meets an untimely end, Alex and his remaining friends band together to try change destiny and outwit the untamable forces of death.]]>
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The movie starts off happily enough with a class of high school seniors about to depart for Paris. Once they board the plane, our main man, Alex, cannot quite overcome his fear of flying, as he has a premonition that the plane is going to blow up upon takeoff.
His hysteria is such that he, as well as four other students, is escorted off the plane, accompanied by faculty members, one of whom returns to re-board the plane. No sooner does the plane take off, it blows up in mid air. It seems that fate has snatched these lucky individuals out of death's clutches...or has it?
Their relief, at having escaped being blown up on the plane, turns to terror, as it appears that fate will not have them cheat death. The lengths that these young people go to evade fate, and the steps that fate takes to hunt them down one by one, makes for a crafty and clever thriller. Teens and adults alike will enjoy this flick.
So why the 3 stars? This is a review of the blu ray and this is honestly a terrible blu ray transfer. It adds nothing to the quality of the dvd and the viewing experience looses much of its impact due to its poor quality. The 1080p video is very dark, colors have no vibrancy and there is no detail or clarity that one would expect from a blu ray. There is graininess which is expected for a film of this age but this added with the lackluster presentation makes for a subpar viewing experince. The audio also lacks. It is a little better than the video but nothing to praise. Right from the first shot you know the video is off and the plane explosion looses all impact due to the poor video transfer and audio. I was so let down.
Sadly, if you purchase this as I did hoping to watch all your favorite scenes in the vividness of blu ray you will be very disappointed. I have never seen a blu ray transfer where the video was so dark and lacking in clarity compared to the original. FINAL DESTINATION 2 and 3 look great on blu ray so I would stick with the dvd on this one and advance to blu ray for the future ones in the series.
As most of you probably know, the story starts out with a young man(Devon Sawa) having a vision of Flight 180, the flight he and his classmates happen to be on, exploding into a ball of flames. He freaks out, gets himself and some of the other students and a teacher booted off of the plane and shortly thereafter, his vision becomes truth. He's considered a prime suspect for planting a bomb on the plane.
One by one, however, his classmates begin to die in some rather unorthodox ways. The agents tailing Sawa happen to notice that he has been around when most of these deaths occur, further incriminating him. Sooner or later Sawa, Ali Larter, and a few of the other surviviors realize that Death is hunting them down in the order that they should have died in the plane explosion.
This is where the train goes off the tracks. The plot gets a little bit loopy and things get rather silly as Death picks off the survivors one by one. The death scenes are rather original, and some of them make you cringe for a second as Death narrowly misses his victims. Of course, you have to wonder how Death can pull off a plane explosion, but can't manhandle a few puny high schoolers after they avert him the first time around. Just don't take this movie too seriously, and I'm sure everything will be okay. Look beyond the absurdities and you'll love every minute of it.
Overall, this isn't a bad flick. The story, though somewhat absurd, is original and the pacing of the film is perfect.Read more ›
A group of students bound for Paris leave the plane when one has a terrible vision, only to find that it comes true a few moments after takeoff. Oh, but death doth not allowth such an easy route out. Soon the ole Grim Reaper begins to hunt down each of these students one by one and kill them off. Wow, a slasher flick with the ultimate slasher, huh? Yep, and it works beautifully.
The film starts off with the best plane crash perhaps ever seen on screen and is quickly followed by two very original death scenes. And well, then it kinda goes downhill. What started out clever becomes cliché, and the last few deaths are not nearly as original as the first. The ending is also very lame and seems more tacked on for sequel purposes than for a "complete film."
Still, even with those flaws, and the semi-bad acting, the dialogue shines and the movie itself blazes. Final Destination has its flaws, but in spite of them it ranks as one of the most entertaining films so far this year. Go see it, but beware if John Denver comes on the radio...
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An intriguing and innovative premise compared to most teen horror movies derailed at times by hamfisted attempts at philosophy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grey5toke
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This franchise has been awesome for a this old-time, movie watcher. Well researched, written and directed. Especially #2 was it? With the cars on the freeway? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robin S.
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