Reviewer: Julie Lynn Hayes
Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) is going to Paris with a group of classmates, including his best friend Tod (Chad Donella). As they settle themselves onto the plane, Alex has a vision that unfolds before him, which ends in an explosion which destroys the plane and kills everyone. A panic-stricken Alex tries to warn everyone to get off the plane, but only ends up getting himself and a few of the students ejected from the plane, and one of the teachers accompanying them. The students are upset with Alex, watching the plane they were meant to be on take off without them…until it suddenly explodes before their very eyes, killing everyone on board. Now the question is, how did he know?
People are upset with Alex for what they perceive as his foreknowledge of the fatal event. The FBI are
even called in, and they question everyone, especially Alex. He insists he wasn’t on drugs, he just saw a vision, but the agents are skeptical. Tod’s father doesn’t want his son around Alex, to Alex’s dismay. But he gets a warning in the form of a piece of paper with Tod’s name, rather than a vision, and he hurries to his friend’s home, but he is too late.
Everyone is giving Alex a wide berth now, except for Clear (Ali Larter). She shows up to Tod’s house the same night as Alex, having felt something through him, as if they are connected somehow. One of the surviving students, Carter (Kerr Smith) has never been a friend, but he is openly combative now and tries to fight Alex at every turn. But Alex only wants to figure out what’s going on and save everybody. Is death pre-ordained? Or is there a pattern, and if you figure it out, you can change it and avoid death?
I found this to be an interesting watch, even if Alex’s theories didn’t always make sense, and some of the accidents seemed really farfetched. But even so, it was entertaining, although if you are looking for answers, you won’t find them here. Luckily, this is just the first film in the series. It remains to be seen how good the others are. But I did like this, so I’ll give it 4 Stars and look forward to the next one.