Final Destination (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite a panel of X-Files' alums at the helm and a promising premise, flighty performances and poor execution keep Final Destination from ever taking off.

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Alex Browning, is embarking on a trip to Paris with his high school French class. In the plane's cabin, buckled-in and ready for take-off, Alex experiences a powerful premonition. He sees the plane explode in a fiery blaze moments after leaving the ground. Alex panics and insists that everyone get off the plane. In the melee than ensues, seven people including Alex, are forced to disembark the ill-fated aircraft. Back in the departure lounge, Alex and his friends Billy and Tod; Clear a young woman who instinctively heeded Alex's warning; Carter, whose derision of Alex's paranoia had him and his girlfriend Terry thrown off the plane; and Ms. Lewton, the teacher who volunteers to stay with the disembarking students, all watch as Alex's horrific premonition proves tragically accurate when the plane explodes in a catastrophic fireball. Ironically, even though Alex's intuition saves lives, after the crash he is plagued by both guilt and suspicion. Ominous portents of doom as well as the FBI, dog his every step. Alex comes to believe that somehow, he and the other survivors have briefly cheated death, but will not be able to evade their fate for very long. Clear befriends Alex, but no one, not even she, really believes his macabre theory -- not even as one by one, these fugitives from fate fall victim to the grim reaper.
R (for violence and terror, and for language)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Devon Sawa
as Alex Browning
Ali Larter
as Clear Rivers
Kerr Smith
as Carter Horton
Kristen Cloke
as Valerie Lewton
Daniel Roebuck
as Agent Weine
Roger Guenveur Smith
as Agent Schreck
Chad E. Donella
as Tod Waggner
Seann William Scott
as Billy Hitchcock
Tony Todd
as Bludworth
Amanda Detmer
as Terry Chaney
Brendan Fehr
as George Waggner
Forbes Angus
as Larry Murnau
Peter Atherton
as Student Singer
Lisa Marie Caruk
as Christa Marsh
Christine Chatelain
as Blake Dreyer
Barbara Tyson
as Barbara Browning
Robert Wisden
as Ken Browning
P. Lynn Johnson
as Mrs. Waggner
Larry Gilman
as Mr. Waggner
Guy Fauchon
as Hare Krishna
Randy Stone
as Flight Attendant
Mark Holden
as Co-pilot
Marrett Green
as TV News Anchor
Fred Keating
as Howard Seigel
John Hainsworth
as Minister
Pete Atherton
as Student Singer
Nicole Robert
as Ticket Clerk
Kristina Matisic
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Final Destination

All Critics (94) | Top Critics (28)

Generates a respectable amount of suspense and takes a few unexpected turns while covering familiar territory.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This portentous chiller is a nasty piece of work.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The writing by Wong, Glen Morgan and Jeffrey Reddick meets the low standards of a mediocre TV movie.

December 31, 1999
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A silly slasher movie, minus the slasher.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

Stupid, silly and gory.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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The main problem is that Morgan and Wong don't seem to have a clear idea of what they want -- campy, schlocky slasher flick or moody, intelligent thriller -- and as a result they create neither.

December 31, 1999
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Final Destination


Glen Morgan and James Wong, two of the best X-Files writers, did a fantastic job in this excellent, clever and original teen horror movie that has an intriguing premise and knows how to build a genuine tension, especially in the nerve-wracking sequence that opens it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


If Death had a personality ... what kind of personality would that be? The first of the series makes a strong start with the proposition that the Reaper might be a poetic yet meticulous workman, an artist, bound to see a job through no matter what. A guilty pleasure of mine.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Great idea for a film, but the cast executed their roles poorly. I remember thinking this movie was thrilling and eerie when I was 11 at the time of release, but being older now and's just kinda cheesy.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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