Picks and Pans Review: Final Destination
Final Destination starts off with a literal bang as its jittery teen hero (Sawa) flees from an airplane just before departure, after having a premonition that the jet will explode. Alas, this supernatural thriller loses altitude fast. The plane indeed blows up, killing all aboard and leaving Sawa, five other classmates and a teacher who missed the flight feeling mighty lucky. But their luck soon turns when, one by one, they begin meeting grisly ends. It is up to Sawa to figure out how to disrupt the steady swing of the Grim Reaper.
As directed and cowritten by TV spookmeister James Wong (The X-Files and The Others), Destination isn't clever enough—nor is its mostly teenage cast skilled enough—to make viewers care whether the characters live or die. Horror-film scholars, however, will be amused by the film's having named characters after chill-club vets Alfred Hitchcock, Tod Browning (Freaks) and Val Lewton (Cat People). (PG-13)
Bottom Line: Buckle your seat belts for a bumpy flight
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