Death has a design.
If only we all knew that design and could plan our lives around it. Heck, I'd go sky-diving tomorrow if I knew it wasn't going to be the end of me, maybe a little swimming in shark infested Australian waters, then again, maybe not.
How do you make a teen horror movie without an actual killer other than death itself. Using a premise that they thought up for an episode of X-files, Director James Wong and writer Glen Morgan took their talents to the big screen and created a very interesting movie.
Students of a French class have just boarded a plane France. When Alex (Devon Sawa, Idle Hands) has a premonition that the plane is going to explode. When he starts to actually live that experience, as the small details become reailty, he freaks out and rushes to get off the plane. In the ensuing hysteria, a group of students and a teacher are also escorted off.
In a matter of minutes, the students are witness to the plane explosion that Alex warned them about. They've all cheated death and they soon realise that death can't be cheated as they are popped off one by one. It's time for Alex and his friends Clear (Ali Larter), Carter (Kerr Smith, Dawsons Creek), Tod (Chad Donella) and Billy (Seann William Scott) to work out how to stay alive for as long as they can.
The fact that there is no actual killer is what gives the film it's edge. Anything from a shower clothes wire to a bus all take part in the killing spree as death uses anything and everything at its disposal to complete its task.
Whilst we've been accustomed to a barrage of excellent transfers from Village Roadshow, this one falls only marginally short of excellent. The minor fault is in the slight lack of deep blacks in favor of dark, dark blues with slight noise present.
On the plus side, this is another stellar image in terms of sharpness and color that provides an picture with excellent detail and an abundance of information for the interested observer. There are many scenes that 'splatter' the screen with reds that only DVD can produce
The audio also seems to have it's problems that mainly stem from the sound mix itself rather than the encoding. At times I had to crank up the volume (mains and center channel) to hear some of the dialogue which seemed to be recorded on the low side during many whisper quiet scenes. Not a very well balanced front stage at times here folks.
As for when the full 5.1 specturm is called upon, we receive a very lively soundtrack that enhances the chill and fright factor considerably. Most notable is the opening plane explosion that knocks the windows out in both the movie and your lounge room with some thundering bass. This initial boom is a precursor to the style and execution we can expect in the rest of the moments within the movie.
With the amount of teen Horror flicks coming out of late due to the resurgence that Scream brought to the genre, it's nice to see a fresh angle being taken rather than basing it around some supposed "Who dunnit" killer.
I liked this movie and it's premise but it seemed to get a little out of hand toward the end going a bit over the top in some of its situations. That aside, I recommend it for a rainy night in with friends.