WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Before boarding a flight to Paris with his classmates for a school trip, a student (Devon Sawa) has a horrifying premonition that their plane will explode in mid-air, killing all those aboard. After being removed by security, 7 passengers watch in sheer disbelief as the plane is ripped apart by an explosion after take off. The grim reaper doesn’t appreciate their decision to exit the flight and takes it upon himself to finish the job personally. The surviving members must now struggle with avoiding their inescapable fate.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
With apologies to the Screamers, in an age when knife happy scripts dominate the silver screen, we’re finally treated to a movie which presents us with the ultimate villain who cannot be seen or heard. (And doesn’t wear silly masks) It’s a novel idea, one which works great in driving the storyline. You can feel the characters’ anxiety and terror as they "feel" Death creeping up on them. Devon Sawa plays the role of frantic visionary like a seasoned veteran and really gets into his mental unraveling. Kerr Smith and Ali Larter also provide good supporting roles as the respective dickhead jock and outcast sympathizer. The only character which seems poorly written is the one portrayed by Seann William Scott, typecast as a dorkier Stifler from AMERCIAN PIE. Change your agent man! There are indeed, plenty of elaborate death sequences and one so unexpected that I wouldn’t dare ruin the surprise. To borrow a page from the Arrow’s book, the film bucks the current Hollywood trend by showing neither T nor A, which was a bit of a letdown. Put plainly, it’s a seat of your pants thriller which was a lot fun to watch.
Dayam, they sure didn’t skimp on the added features, let me tell ya! They included a small documentary called "Test Screenings" which shows how the final product we saw in theatres was ultimately shaped by test audiences who score and rate the first versions. They also include a 20 minute look at psychic investigators, "Premonitions" which has nothing to do with the movie but keeps with the whole "saw it before it happened" motif. There’s also 3 deleted scenes which provide a whole new storyline and subsequent ending. The original theatrical trailer has also been thrown in for good measure. To top it off, they’ve included 2 cool games, a psychic test and the Deathclock. The clock asks you a series of health related questions then provides you with the day you will um, "buy the farm". According to it, I’ve only got 20 years of living left. Yikes!. The menus are completely animated and feature spooky music from the movie. All in all, a great job from the production team on all features.
A terrific job by New Line. The DVD has plenty to offer, namely a superb picture transfer, terrifying audio and great extras. The Platinum Series is really raising the bar in terms of overall quality and setting the standard for other studios to compete with. This release gets my seal of approval, it’s highly recommended and definitely worthy of your hard-earned money.