Final Destination?is a 2000 American?supernatural?horror film?directed by?James Wong. The screenplay was written by James Wong,?Glen Morgan, and?Jeffrey Reddick, based on a story by Reddick. The film stars?Devon Sawa,?Ali Larter,?Kerr Smith, and?Tony Todd. Sawa portrays a teenager who cheats death after having a?premonition?of a catastrophic plane explosion. He and several of his classmates leave the plane before the explosion occurs, but?Death?later takes the lives of those who were meant to die on the plane.
The film began as a?spec script?written by Reddick for an episode of?The X-Files, in order for Reddick to get a TV agent, however, he never submitted it to?The X-Files?after a colleague at New Line Cinema persuaded him to write it as a feature-length film. Later, Wong and Morgan,?The X-Files?writing partners, became interested in the script and agreed to rewrite and direct the film, marking Wong’s film directing debut.?Filming took place in?New York City?and?Vancouver, with additional scenes filmed in?Toronto?and?San Francisco. It was released on March 17, 2000, and became a financial success, making $10 million on its opening weekend.?The DVD release of the film, released on September 26, 2000, in the United States and Canada,?includes commentaries, deleted scenes, and documentaries.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Positive reviews praised the film for “generating a respectable amount of suspense”, “playful and energized enough to keep an audience guessing” and “an unexpectedly alert teen-scream disaster chiller”, while negative reviews described the film as “dramatically flat” and “aimed at the teen dating crowd”.?It received the?Saturn Award?for?Best Horror Film?and?Best Performance by a Younger Actor?for Sawa’s performance.?The film’s success spawned a?media franchise, encompassing four additional installments, as well as a series of?novels?and?comic books.? From wikipedia.org