Final Destination is a series of horror films based on an unproduced script written by Jeffrey Reddick for the X-Files television series. Distributed by New Line Cinema, all five films are centered on the themes of fatalism, predestination, and precognition, in relation to death (i.e. how to foresee, avoid or control it). In a less abstract sense, each film features a group of people dying in a series of elaborate, invariably fatal and often gory scenarios that frequently resemble Rube Goldberg machine in their complexity.
The series is noteworthy amongst others in the horror genre in that the "villain" of the movies is not the stereotypical slashers, monsters, creatures, beasts, ghosts, or demons. It is the entity Death itself (very occasionally 'seen' as a fleeting shadow), which manipulates the environment in deadly ways with the intent of "recapturing" those who somehow manage (usually through warning premonitions) to escape their fates for the first time. The franchise has also spawned a related book series (published by Black Flame) and comic series (published by Zenescope Entertainment Inc).
On September 25, 1999, Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) is going on his high school trip to Paris along with his fellow students and teachers. Before the take-off, Alex has a premonition that the flight will explode on takeoff, killing everyone on board. When events from his vision begin to repeat themselves in reality, he attempts to stop the flight leading to a handful of passengers being left behind including Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), Carter Horton (Kerr Smith), Billy Hitchcock (Seann William Scott), Valerie Lewton (Kristen Cloke), Terri Chaney (Amanda Detmer), and Tod Waggner (Chad Donella). After Alex and his friends are forced off the plane, the airliner explodes in mid-air, killing everyone left on it. When Tod dies in a bizarre accident only a month later, Alex begins to suspect that they were never meant to get off the plane that night. As the survivors begin to die one-by-one, those that remain struggle to find a way to cheat Death's plan. Six months later, Alex, Clear, and Carter are relaxing in Paris having believed they've finally beaten Death. However, Carter is killed as he attempts to rescue Alex from a falling neon sign.
One year after the explosion of Flight 180, Kimberly "Kim" Corman (A. J. Cook) has a premonition of a pile-up on Route 23, killing everyone involved. She stalls her SUV on the entrance ramp with her three best friends Shaina, Dano, and Frankie (Sarah Carter, Alex Rae, and Shaun Sipos). This stops police officer Thomas Burke (Michael Landes), Eugene Dix (T.C. Carson), Rory Peters (Jonathan Cherry), Kat Jennings (Keegan Connor Tracy), Nora and Tim Carpenter (Lynda Boyd and James Kirk), Evan Lewis (David Paetkau), and pregnant Isabella Hudson (Justina Machado) from entering the freeway. While Officer Burke questions Kimberly about the inconvenience, her vision becomes a reality and an 18-wheeler truck carrying cars crashes into Kimberly's SUV, killing Shaina, Dano, and Frankie. In the days following the accident, Kimberly learns of the crash of Flight 180 and teams with only survivor, Clear, to try to save a new group of people from Death's plan. This time, the survivors are warned that only "new life" can stop Death and are killed one-by-one as they attempt to protect Isabella as her delivery date draws closer. It is revealed that Isabella was never meant to die and Kimberly drowns herself into the lake so that she may be granted "new life" after being resuscitated by emergency staff. The film ends with Kimberly and Officer Burke witnessing the death of a young boy saved by Rory during the course of the film, revealing that Death's plan is still in action.
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