Written by James Garibay, June 29, 2016, at 2:22 a.m.
A fun franchise to say the least. However, Final Destination has come a long way from where it started. Don’t get me wrong, the comedic gruesome deaths of the sequels are fantastic and fun. Let’s face it, some of them are pretty far fetched and highly unlikely to happen, which is why I’m going back to the original. It was an original idea and was a change in the horror genre, I believe.
Even from the starting credits, you can tell it’s going to be a dark story. With five films, we know the basic story by now. Kids going on a trip, one has a vision, some survive at first while the rest die, only to die themselves. Devon Sawa is Alex Browning the one who gets the vision. He’s part of a Senior French class going on a school trip to France. As he freaks out shouting “the fucking plane is going to explode!”, he and 6 others are thrown off. Now we really get to know the rest of the main cast: Ali Larter(Clear Rivers) when she started to really get her career going. They originally wanted Kirsten Dunst to play the part. Now I like Kirsten Dunst, but Ali Larter just really owned this part. Her performance is just awesome. Kristen Cloke as Ms. Lewton, smaller role, but memorable. Chad Donella as Alex’s best friend Tod. Amanda Detmer as a girl Terry, nobody of real importance. Kerr Smith as the jock asshole. And everyone’s favorite American Pie jackass Sean William Scott as Billy Hitchcock.
Tod dies off really quickly after. It’s really creepy because there are subtle freak ways he can die in that bathroom. The fact that he saw Death’s shadow in the mirror, I like to think that it was the cloak he might wear. When he dies, his eyes become bloodshot from the suffocation, and they talked with an optometrist and that would actually happen to someone if they were strangled hard enough.
Terry gets hit by a bus and Ms. Lewton’s dies in a fire. Which gives more time to get more involved with the emotional side to the story, and why it’s important to stick together. If Death is after them, they may as well stick together to help one another. Which thus introduces the whole “Death skipping over someone” motif. But the main thing is, when it’s your time to die, it’s your time and Death will find you.
What’s great about in the original, is that they are freak accidents that could actually happen randomly in real life. You read stories about crazy shit that happens from time to time. That plane that disappeared awhile back, the Challenger explosion. Add something out of an Edgar Allen Poe story, you have a pretty good idea for a movie. The deaths in this one are so reality-based. I love it. The sequels are fun and all, but there is nothing like the original of any franchise. And Tony Todd as the Mortician. His husky, deep voice is just amazing. He’s the one that let’s Alex and Clear the basic rules of the game. He was fantastic. And I have watched this movie a handful of times, and I just noticed something for the first time. When he is first introduced at the funeral home, he is sitting in front of what is supposed to be the basement, and looks like a cave. That works so well, because it’s almost he is Death’s helper. I love that these movies aren’t your typical horror movies. It’s not slashers, or zombies, it’s an actual entity. Still on the supernatural side, but based on a simple life fact, we are all going to die one day.
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