Written by: John Edward Betancourt
Everything comes to an end, whether we like it or not. Be it something as simple as an incredible evening with good friends and those we love or something as complex as a human life. Some of us completely fear the end, while others don't even consider its existence. One way or another however, we will face the end of something and someday we must all say goodbye to the life we have lived.
But this week the theme of the films we look at here at Girls of Geek all revolve around a simple question; what if? What if we could recognize a direct threat to our life? What if we could escape the moment that death came calling? These are two questions posed in the iconic horror film; Final Destination.
Young Alex Browning has his whole life ahead of him, with his senior year of high school coming to an end he intends to cap it off by joining his classmates and friends on a senior trip to Paris, France. But once aboard Flight 180, Alex has a horrible vision, one that shows his friends dying one by one as the airplane breaks apart right after takeoff. This vision and the subsequent panic from it leads to Alex and a few other students being removed from the flight. Shortly after they return to the terminal, it turns out Alex's vision was a premonition as Flight 180 explodes in the sky above. As Alex tries to move on with his life, the other survivors of Flight 180 begin to die, and Alex quickly learns that escaping death's clutches comes with consequences.
Ironically enough, I managed to see Final Destination on the road, two days before flying home to Denver. While watching it on the big screen I enjoyed every second of it, and did not regret my experience until I was settled into my seat aboard the plane home as we started to taxi toward the runway. The explosion of Flight 180 is that brilliant and that terrifying as it plays out on screen, it truly stays with you. In fact that scene helped this movie kick off a powerhouse franchise, to date spawning four sequels that all work off of one founding principle; creative kills.
Granted there a lot of nifty kills out there in the horror genre, but I've yet to see any other franchise provide us with the incredible Rube Goldberg style that the Final Destination employs. It is these creative kills that keep the franchise rolling, but there is one other element that makes the first film stand out above the rest, the slick script based off of a story written by Jeffrey Reddick. Reddick's style brings the characters to life, giving them enough personality and depth so that their kills actually have meaning. But the script doesn't stop there, Jeffrey brings forth a new villain in the horror genre, by making death a functional villain, one that is always watching and waiting.
All of these elements make this film a must own. It is the best of the series, it is has plenty of thrills and chills and it stands as a modern classic because it brought so many original ideas to the table.