November 04, 2003

Final Destination 1 & 2

I believe that my muse is on vacation. If anyone sees her, please send her back.

I watched both Final Destination movies this last weekend. The movies were very entertaining, but they were also very cheesy. "What are we going to do? Death is trying to kill us!" The movies' only saving point for entertainment value was the creative ways people were killed.

Here's an example from Final Destination 2:
A van with all the important characters is involved in an accident in the middle of nowhere. The driver is trapped in her seat by something that was shoved through the driver side door. A pipe with a sharp point is also shoved through the van and almost impales her head. A news van rushes to the car accident, and, when it parks, it ruptures its gas tank. Gas begins to leak from the tank and starts to run down an open pipe. The gas eventually pools underneath the van from the crash. Some people try to use a chainsaw to free the driver from the van. Hitting the van with the chainsaw causes the airbag to go off. This causes the driver's head to get impaled on the pointed pipe. The driver drops the cigarette she had been smoking. This lights the gas, and the flames creep all the way back to the gas tank. The van explodes and causes a barbed wire fence to fly through the air. The fence slices another character into several pieces.

These movies also make you realize how close all of us are to death every single day. When you think about it, practically anything could cause you to die. One character from the first movie is found to be hiding from death in a mental institution. The character was voluntarily admitted, but eventually leaves to help the people from the second movie. The character didn't realize how close death could be even in a padded room with no sharp objects nearby. The building could collapse, explode, or burn without a chance for the person to escape.

Of course, I'm pretty sure that if people started using that kind of logic with these movies their supposed popularity would quickly collapse. That wouldn't be a bad thing.

Posted by Randy at November 4, 2003 06:59 PM