Right as he and his fellow students board a airplane headed for France, high school student Alex has an intense vision of the plane exploding and killing everybody. He wakes from the vision and when he sees some of the minor things in the vision coming true he freaks the fuck out and charges off the plane. A few people go with him (not all voluntarily) and as they stand at the terminal arguing the plane takes off and explodes into a million pieces. Alex's vision has thrown a monkey wrench in "Death's design" and they are all suppose to be dead, but they're not. So now Death has to correct the books, but I don't think he likes correcting the books because when he comes for you it seems to always be in brutal, disgusting and sometimes elaborate ways.
The idea for this movie is brilliant and in 2000 it was a breath of fresh air in a genre that was kinda stagnate with crap like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, STIGMATA, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER stinking up the New Release Horror section at the neighborhood video stores. I mean, it's still not a hardcore horror movie, but it's a great guilty pleasure. The best part is the elaborate lengths that Death goes to get his kills. At points, especially later on in the series, it's almost like Death grew up watching Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner cartoons and that's where he got all of his ideas. It's great! The biggest crowd pleaser in this one has to be the bus. It's hilarious and when I first saw it totally unexpected. I remember a guy yelling "Oh, shit!" in the movie theater and everybody laughing.
I understand this film was targeted to the teenage date crowd, but I think the film would have been even better if the kills had been bumped up a few notches on the gore meter. Also some nudity would have been nice. I was very sad when the two cute chicks died in the plane explosion. Definitely worth checking out.
Part 2 - Final Destination 2
Part 3 - Final Destination 3
Part 4 - The Final Destination
Part 5 - Final Destination 5