Final Destination

Death comes back at a medium who saved his classmates’ life and his own after a premonition.
United States
Canada
2000
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Collapse
Crash
Explosion
Fire
Paradox
7.04
An omen you cannot unsee!
8
7.04
8
8
3
4
3
Pace
Dialog
Effects
Final Destination’s supernatural serial killer is slow, invisible, strategic and angry. It is an ill-defined force that answers to specific rules only talented writers could come up and juggle with. It's a character that doesn't need to be recast in sequels and therefore has the potential to generate an infinite franchise. It is a frightening villain because you can’t kill it; let alone touch it.
The performances are authentic, energetic and supported by strong dialog. In real life, “signs” are reserved for the crazy who see meaning in the smallest details and who connect dots where there are none. Devon Sawa’s character is patronized for it, making him the default geek and some guy no one believes. While this is a recurring horror cliché, here it feels natural, logical, pertinent.
This is one of the smartest and most eccentric gimmicks of modern horror movie history. Imagine an intangible telekinetic force that slowly shapes events, mistakes and catastrophes to its advantage and aligns them in a way to assault the same person iteratively; making sure they are dead before dealing with the next victim. Other details are handled by a spoon-fed but entertaining procedural.