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Final Destination (R)
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This came out in March 2000, but I didn't see it until October 2016. It's kind of strange to me to look up information on the movie now, and find that it came out in 2000, because I definitely remember seeing the movie poster outside a theater I passed by often when I was out walking, and that was in a city that I moved away from in early January of 2000. (Most of my time there was in 1999, so it's hard for me to imagine having any memories of the city from 2000. And it very likely was in '99 that I first saw the poster.) I suppose it's not unusual for movie posters to be up before the movies actually come out, though I generally see advance posters inside theaters, not outside; outside posters, to my mind, are for movies that are currently playing. One other thing I particularly remember is that the poster was lenticular, which I thought was cool. (I can't recall ever seeing theater-size lenticular posters for any other movie. But of course there have been others, even if I didn't see them, or simply don't remember them.) I'm sure some home video/DVD releases must have had lenticular cases, but the only reason I'm watching this now is because I happened to find a used DVD for a couple bucks in a thrift shop, and of course that didn't have a lenticular case. (Though I wouldn't be surprised if it's just missing a slipcover. Why do people not keep those? Especially if they have some special aspect to them, like being lenticular?)

So... there's this group of high school students who are supposed to go on a class trip to Paris. It's clear from the start, like the day before the flight, that one student, Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), is apprehensive about getting on the plane. When he and his classmates finally do board the plane, he ends up having a vision in which the plane explodes and everyone dies. Then he wakes up, and when things start happening the way they did in his vision shortly before the trouble started, he totally freaks out, and is escorted off the plane. He's followed by one teacher, Valerie Lewton (Kristen Cloke), and five other students: Alex's best friend, Tod Waggner; a guy named Carter Horton; Carter's girlfriend, Terry Chaney; another guy named Billy Hitchcock (Seann William Scott); and a girl named Clear Rivers (Ali Larter). Soon thereafter, the plane takes off and explodes. Naturally, the survivors are all freaked out about Alex having known what would happen. (Though Clear was less freaked out than the others; she was the only one who believed him before the plane exploded.) And there are a couple of FBI agents who remain suspicious of Alex throughout the film.

A little over a month later, Tod dies. It's ruled a suicide, but Alex and Clear don't believe that. They sneak into the mortuary at night, where they meet a coroner named William Bludworth (Tony Todd), who says some creepy things about the survivors of the plane explosion having ruined Death's plan. So, like, apparently Death is going to try to reclaim each of the people who were meant to die on the plane. But Alex thinks as long as they're careful, they can continue to avert any future attempts by "Death" to kill them. (We never actually see Death, like a reaper or anything, but it's pretty obvious that there's an unseen supernatural force at work, manipulating things.) Subsequently, more of the survivors die, but I don't really want to spoil which ones, or in what fashion.

Anyway, I dunno what else to say. It's not a great movie, and it's not bad.

Followed by Final Destination 2

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