Final Destination | Chicago Reader

Final Destination

Despite dissipating tension with in-jokes and comic exaggeration, this supernatural thriller is disturbing—if less sophisticated than the best SF-horror TV (producer Glen Morgan and director James Wong worked on The X-Files). A high school student foresees a plane crash, then develops an elaborate theory about the destinies of several survivors he concludes have cheated death. He continues to read meaning into seemingly random events—something only the hyperrational among us have never tried, which is part of what makes the movie so chilling. But some of the characters are named after old-time horror icons, and all the silly references to the genre flatten more than lighten the mood. Candyman's Tony Todd plays a mortician who explains everything to the main character after he's already more or less figured it out. Written by Morgan, Wong, and Jeffrey Reddick; with Devon Sawa and Ali Larter. 97 min.

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