Panicky flyers be warned: The mid-air explosion that gets this cheesy shocker's plot rolling is a nasty piece of work, far scarier than any of the subsequent spooky goings-on. Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) is going on a high school
trip to Paris with his friends. But as they board the plane he has a terrifying vision of the accident, and makes such a fuss that he's thrown off the plane; five classmates and a teacher also wind up sitting out the flight. To their collective horror, the plane blows up a few minutes after
takeoff. Then the survivors start dying in freakish accidents, and Alex comes to realize that Death, a piss-poor loser, is coming for all of them. Co-written by first-timer Jeffrey Reddick and X-Files veterans Glen Morgan and James Wong, this Twilight Zoneish shocker is serviceable
enough, if you come to it with sufficiently modest expectations; its virtues are all in the peripheral touches. Unlike most horror-movie teens, Alex and his friends genuinely try to grapple with the emotional fallout of premature death and survivors' guilt; their deep thinking is painfully
shallow, but hey, at least the screenwriters are trying. The accidents that claim the survivors are oddly preoccupied with water and electricity — someone must have been traumatized at an early age by those vintage late-night PSAs that warned of the dangers lurking in ordinary homes and
at least one is staged with shocking economy and flair. But the characters are paper-thin, and many of the plot's contrivances are just plain silly. A word of advice to horror buffs-turned-filmmakers: Don't name all of your characters after classic horror directors and actors
Browning, Dreyer, Waggner, Lewton, Schreck, Murnau, Chaney, Wiene et al. unless you're dead sure your work compares favorably to theirs.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: R
- Review: Panicky flyers be warned: The mid-air explosion that gets this cheesy shocker's plot rolling is a nasty piece of work, far scarier than any of the subsequent spooky goings-on. Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) is going on a high school trip to Paris with his fri… (more)
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