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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main character tries to do good by attempting to save the lives of those he thinks are going to die. He is also willing to give his own life to save another.
Violence & Scariness
As a plane explodes we see the terrifying effect on the passengers inside (e.g. people burning, lots of blood), a teenager accidentally hangs himself, a boy's head is cut in half by a flying piece of metal, a woman's throat is slashed and she is stabbed by knives that fall off a kitchen counter. There are other violent scenes where Death tries to take people's lives but fails.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief shot of a couple making out. A main character picks up a Penthouse magazine and we briefly see an interior photo of a naked woman.
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Some strong language at the very beginning of the film (teenagers using foul language).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Final Destination has intense scenes of violence and gore peppered throughout. The death of the victims in these scenes is not caused by another person, but instead by circumstance and "chance" instigated by the shadowy figure of Death, who is sometimes seen as a blur in the background. There is very little sexual content aside from a make-out scene and a glimpse of a naked women in a magazine. Profanity is limited to our introduction to the high school students at the beginning of the film. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
FINAL DESTINATION has a convincing enough plot, unfortunately one that by now has become cliché. So desperate is this film to create an aura of suspense and foreboding that by the end of the film, any object in existence could be a weapon in the hands of the grim reaper. This certainly makes for suspense, but not good suspense.
Perhaps the film loses a lot of ground here when, in the opening sequence of the film, the camera lingers on the cover of the book Death of a Salesman. This is the degree to which the filmmakers are trying to spook us and fail; by referencing the title of a book that has nothing to do with the death of anyone. Watching this film merely becomes a countdown to gore as curiosity over "how" someone will get it overshadows any curiosity over "who" will get it. Overall, the film proves disappointing.
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