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Avg. Rating: 4
Good For A Sequel But No Way Original
Final Destination was an unexpected hit at the movies. It's clever use of how death can't be cheated and how death will come after you was very impressive and it also starred a popular teen cast! Of course a sequel followed and this is the storyline. A young girl called Kimberley is taking a vacation to Daytona Beach with her three friends. But just before turning onto the highway she predicts that a HUGE pile-up will happen due to an unsafe timber truck. In the prediction her, her friends and many other drivers die in the crash but then suddenly Kim finds herself back at the turn point to the highway. After making sure none of the other drivers go onto the road a policeman tries to reason with her when suddenly the crash she'd predicted suddenly happens before their eyes with a different set of cars. Sadly a speeding truck ploughs into Kim's car killing all of her friends and it makes her realize that what happened to the survivors of Flight 180 is now happening to her and the drivers who were suppose to get on the road. The film is definitely worth a watch even if you haven't seen the first film because it's funny, gory and something that gets your blood pumping. The films stars AJ Cook, Michael Landes, TJ Carson and Ali Larter (Who starred in the first film). Sadly Devon Sawa and Kerr Smith do not reprise their roles in this sequel because apparently they died in between the space of the end of the first film and the beginning of the second. The reason I gave this 4 stars is because it's basically just a re-make of the first with a different group of characters and a fresher storyline. Also the acting is a little cheesy sometimes.
goofy, campy horror (with a well-deserved R-rating)
There's something askew about "Final Destination 2" even before the movie begins, and it has to do with the title: If the "destination" was "final" the first time around, why is there a sequel?
I guess in a world where movies can have titles like "The NeverEnding Story II" or "The Last Seduction II," there can be as many "Final Destinations" as moviegoers have the patience for.
Much like the original, "Final Destination 2" opens with a group of attractive young people narrowly cheating death, thanks to a vividly detailed cautionary psychic premonition: Twenty-four year old teenager Kimberly (A.J. Cook) foresees a fiery multi-car traffic accident moments before it happens and, by blocking the highway, saves the lives of drivers who were supposed to be crunched under 18-wheelers, burned by flaming gasoline and beheaded by logs bouncing off a timber truck.
But Death, according to the movie, does not like to be cheated by vividly detailed cautionary psychic premonitions and, almost immediately, comes to claim the survivors anyway. One by one, they are bumped off by aggressive acts of supernatural fate and coincidence that would make Rube Goldberg proud.
One character is beheaded by a malfunctioning elevator; another winds up on the wrong end of a flying barbed-wire fence; a third almost chokes on a rubber blowfish (seriously).
Only Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) can advise Kimberly and the other survivors and help them stay alive; she may be stuck with an ill-advised name, but she was also the only major character to emerge from the first "Final Destination" intact so... I guess that makes Clear Rivers as much of an expert on avoiding random violent accidents as anyone can be.
Basically, "Final Destination 2" is every bit as silly as it sounds but, to be honest, I really didn't have a problem with that. The movie may be gruesome and improbable, but at least it has a sense of humor (and a semi-wry one, at that), which is rare for horror flicks of late. It's not mired in pretention and self-seriousness like last year's "Frailty," nor is it a by-the-numbers exercise in boredom like "Darkness Falls."
No, this is the kind of movie in which characters say things like, "Norah and Tim are about to be attacked by pigeons," and mean it.
In other words, "Final Destination 2" is sporadically funny, occasionally inspired, amusingly goofy and completely disposable. There are many, many better movies out there to see, but how many of them have characters who rush off to save their friends from a pigeon attack?
I'm guessing none.
Not your standard teen slasher
From an orchestrated car pile-up that puts just about any action movies of the last 4 years to shame to an increasingly creative and surprising casualty list, Final Destination 2 just plain outdistances the genre's competiton.
FD2 is not blessed with a decent plot that does not see our clavacade of victims simply run upstairs to be slaughtered by axe or chainsaw. Instead, viewers will find themselves gasping at the different, and in some cases, highly unorthodox manner death is visited upon the characters.
Although it's never going to be a film classic, FD2 has carved out a niche as a very creative, well above-par horror/suspense movie that plays by no rules but it's own. 5 stars for being just what it is--a scary movie.
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