Final Destination is a 2000 supernatural thriller, about a group of teenagers who 'cheat death' by avoiding a plane crash when one of them, Alex, has a premonition of their deaths. Soon after their escape, they begin dying one-by-one in mysterious freak accidents. The script was originally written by Jeffrey Reddick as a spec script for the X-Files. (Director James Wong worked as a writer, producer and director on that series.) The story shares similarities with an episode of The Twilight Zone titled "Twenty-Two". The film is distributed by New Line Cinema. The DVD was released on September 26 2000. The film was the first in the Final Destination series, and was followed by Final Destination 2 in 2003 and by Final Destination 3 in 2006. Another sequel to this film is to be produced, Final Destination 4 (3-D), the film will be directed by David R. Ellis (Final Destination 2).
Final Destination takes place on Long Island. Locations such as Jones Beach and John F. Kennedy International Airport are shown. Nassau County is mentioned. However, Vancouver International Airport stood in for JFK..
Afterwards, the survivors start to die in accidents. Alex soon realizes that the survivors have cheated death, and that death, as if a character itself, has come back to kill them. Alex teams up with the other survivors as they try to figure out a way to cheat death a second time.
First to die is his best friend, Tod (Chad E. Donella), by strangling himself after slipping into a clothes line placed across the bathtub. As this is happening, Alex received a sign in the form of the word "Tod" left on a piece of a torn up magazine. He goes to Tod's house and finds out that Tod is dead and also finds Clear (Ali Larter), his classmate and one of the survivors, there hiding behind a tree and bidding him to go away. Alex also meets Tod's father who blames him for Tod's death, claiming that Tod killed himself out of grief. Alex defends himself, claiming that Tod would not kill himself since they promised to get in touch when Tod's father got over the accident. After the meeting, Alex returns to the tree where Clear is hiding only to find out she's gone.
The next morning, Alex meets with Clear, outside of a coffee shop, showing her the piece of magazine, and telling her about "death's design" and "signs". Clear does not believe it and argues with Alex, when Carter and his girlfriend, Terry (Amanda Detmer), arrive in Carter's car. Carter got out of the car followed by Terry and started out to Alex looking for trouble. Then Mrs. Lewton, their teacher, also one of the survivors, unexpectedly exits the coffee shop and announces to them that she is moving out of town. Carter blames Alex for it and picks a fight with him. Terry, being fed up with Carter's behavior, begins walking towards a nearby crosswalk, telling him to get over the plane explosion, and that if he can't, he can "drop fucking dead". She is cut short when a bus suddenly slams into her and kills her instantly, spraying blood all over Alex and his classmates.
Back to his home, Alex watches TV for news. One of the news is about the result of the investigation of the flight 180. The investigation shows that the plane's explosion started as a series of small explosions. The explosions, Alex noticed, starts at "Tod's seat" and then travels across the plane. He then gets a hunch that the survivors are dying one by one according to the path of explosions. Using a seat chart of the plane with the name of survivors written on their respective seat and a trace of the explosion path from the internet, he traces the path. The path of the explosion, as expected, then leads to Terry. Next to Terry is Mrs. Lewton.
He goes to Mrs. Lewtons house watching over to insure Mrs. Lewtons safety. Mrs. Lewton, however, suspicious and unable to bear the memories Alex reminds her of, she calls the police who promptly pick up Alex.
While Alex is out talking to the authorities, Mrs. Lewton is targeted by death. After a series of incidents, Mrs. Lewton ends up lying on her kitchen floor with a knife stabbed into her chest and the kitchen in flames. Alex, after being released, promptly goes back and finds Mrs. Lewton in her present state. He tries to help her but she still dies after a kitchen chair, knocked over by the explosion from the oven, drives the knife deeper into her chest. Alex pulled the knife in reflex then stares at it in horror. He then throws the knife aside and dashes outside. There, he was greeted by Billy Hitchcock unknowing of what had happened. The house then explodes knocking both of them to the ground. After that, Alex runs away leaving Billy staring at the house in surprise.
Alex has become a suspect of the incident. The officials go to Clear and ask her about Alex's whereabouts. She throws them off-track by meeting Carter and Billy (instead of Alex, as the official had hoped), and they search and find Alex in Carter's car.
Alex tells them about his discovery, and Carter after hearing it, rampages and parks in the middle of a train track. Alex, Clear and Billy exit the car. Just then they hear the train arriving. The three of them tried to persuade Carter to get out of the car. Carter foolishly tried to ignore them, wanting to die by his own "volition". When the train has gotten nearer, he changed his mind. He finds out, however, that he cannot leave. The seat belt wont give way and the door won't open. He shouted for help. Alex goes to pull Carter through the window. The seat belt rips and Carter is hauled out in time just before the train collides with the car. As the group ponder who is next to die, Billy, realizing that he would be next, starts to panic and asks Carter to "stay away". As he turns around, a piece of metal from Carter's destroyed car is flicked by the train and decapitates him.
Alex realizes that because he had prevented Carter's death, it skipped him and went on to the next person on the list, Billy. According to the seat map, Alex would be after Billy, making him next on the list. He then goes into seclusion, isolating himself from everyone, barricading a cabin to protect himself from Death. It isn't until later, while he is making a fire, he notices an error. He remembers the two girls who asked him to move so they can sit together. If he'd moved, he would've been sitting next to Tod, making him sixth to die. But since he didn't move, that placed his seat behind Clear and after her on the list.
Clear arrives back at her house and that's when Death starts trying to kill her. Alex arrives and realizes that if he dies instead of Clear, that it will ruin Death's design again. That way, Clear and Carter can survive instead of all of them dying. He then grabs the wire and gets electrocuted, but still survives.
Six months later, Alex, Clear, and Carter are in Paris. They take a moment to remember all those who died by Death's actions. Alex still can't get out of his mind why Death didn't kill any of them. He tells the other two about this and that he didn't die when he pulled the burning wire from Clear's car and that no one saved him. Clear requests a change of subject as Carter declares that he is "still the safest fucker in the world" because he will only die after Alex. As Alex continues to ponder about this, he notices several signs of Death nearby. He tries to leave, in order to protect Carter and Clear.
As he is walking across the road, Clear sees a death sign and calls out his name. Alex paused. Then, a green bus arrives missing Alex by a few inches. The bus then rams into a lamp-post. The lamp post flings to a nearby billboard dislodging it. It then swings towards Alex, but Carter saves him in the nick of time. Carter asks who's next. Alex was silently staring behind Carter. Carter turn around to see the detached billboard swinging back towards him.
Clues/Notes: While Alex was sleeping, the time on the clock read 1:00. Then an 8 appeared in the first 0. Now, the clock reads 1:80.
The departure time of Flight 180, 9:25, is the same as Alex's birthday, September 25.
Before boarding the plane, Alex take note the gate number: 46. The same number of students who would have died had Alex not have gotten his vision.
As Alex steps over a 6in. gap heading onto the plane, he notices a cart with three red 9's, but from above, they look as if they could be an ominous number: 666.
Clues/Notes: Alex throws his magazine at an owl, but it gets shredded up in some fan blades. A piece of paper flutters onto Alex, and as he reads it, the remaining letters spell "Tod".
Tod makes a choking gesture with his hands by his neck before Alex has his vision.
Clues/Notes: Moments before, while Clear and Alex are taking to each other at the café, Alex notices the reflection of a passing bus, but when he turns to look at, the bus isn't there.
Clues/Notes: As Alex is heading over to Ms. Lewton's house, he passes a man burning leaves and several flaming leaves dance around him.
When Ms. Lewton leans over to pack up a box after her drink spills into her computer, there is a knife on the stained glass window behind her pointing down foreshadowing her being impaled by the kitchen knife.
Clues/Notes: While in Carter's car, Alex sees the reflection of a train in his window, even though they are not near any train tracks at the time.
Carter's car stalls on railroad tracks and he becomes trapped inside due to a failing seat belt. Right before the train is about to hit his car, Alex pulls him out by breaking his seatbelt.
When Carter is driving wildly, Alex notices that his seat belt is broken. He yells for Carter to stop but when he looks down again, the belt is no longer broken. This is a sign as to how he had to save Carter from the train.
Billy was supposed to die after Carter, but Carter was pulled from his car by Alex in the nick of time, moments before the train hit Carter’s car, skipping Carter.
Before Carter's car is crushed by the train, he sees a shadow (Death) on the hood of his car.
Clues/Notes: The sign that kills Carter said, Le Miro 81, but when it fell, the part that fell said o 81 but when it swung down at Carter, it was backwards and read 18 o.
Carter skipped death once before when his car was hit by a speeding train. Alex pulled him out at the nick of time.
Alex was almost killed before Carter was hit by the swinging sign. Carter intervened for Alex when he yanked him out of the way of the giant sign’s first swing.
Before the sign almost killed Alex, Clear saw the reflection of a bus in a window just as Alex had before Terry's death. Alex was meant to be hit by it but Clear shouted his name and he jumped out of the way.
Clues/Notes: She was the only survivor of Flight 180 to cheat death. Therefore, when she was killed in the second film, all survivors of Flight 180 were killed.
Clues/Notes: Clear was almost killed when her car exploded due to a livewire, but Alex intervened.
When Alex explains Carter and Clear the order of the students in the plane by a paper, a wind passes along them then a red wine on the table spills the name of Alex, meaning blood.