Final Destination 2 (2003)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 7/10
Visuals: 8/10

Better cast and better deaths

Plot is so-so

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Final Destination 2

Studio:  Zide/Perry Production

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  January 31, 2003

MPAA Rating:  R

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Watch out for that tree!!! (George of the Jungle reference)

Kimberly Corman (A.J. Cook) sees a horrific accident on the highway minutes before it happens and saves the lives of a number of drivers.  Unfortunately, Death has a plan and Kimberly has changed that plan.  Kimberly and Officer Thomas Burke (Michael Landes) must stop the Death from coming for them and the other survivors and go to the only person who has faced Death and survived…Clear Rivers (Ali Larter).  Clear, Kimberly, and Thomas discover cheating death might be harder than before and the wreck of Flight 180 might hold the answers.  As the death toll rises, the reason for the wreck will be uncovered!

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Sure, I’ll help you even though I’m doomed to be killed horrifically…

Directed by David R. Ellis, Final Destination 2 is the follow-up to the 2000 hit horror film Final Destination.  The movie was a big box-office success but met with mixed reviews from critics.

Final Destination followed the trend of popular teen horror when it was released in 2000.  By 2003, that trend was already dying and gore was increasing.  Final Destination 2 seemed to realize this and decided to capitalize on it.  The film seems to fall in this in-between range and upped the gore while having a bit older cast dealing with the horror of a relentless death.

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I hate spaghetti!

While Final Destination was fun, it also had a rather generic plot and storyline.  Here, there is a bit more mystery (though a weak mystery) tied to the storyline, and it keeps the deaths coming hard and fast.  I liked that the first movie was actually tied into the film and that it continued the storyline.  Like the first film however, the rules of how to cheat Death seem pretty arbitrary.  Now a baby stops the cycle which never really stopped from the first film.  This feels pretty random and a logic jump.  It really just means nothing more than a means to have crazier and crazier deaths.

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More Candyman please…

The cast with of the film is a little older (but still “young”).  I liked A.J. Cook as the main protagonist better than Devon Sawa from the original.  I was a bit surprised that all of A.J. Cook’s circle of friends was killed in the first few minutes since they did a bit of establishment for them (which made it a “good” kill).  Devon Sawa was meant to be return but some reports say he couldn’t reach a contract agreement (others say it was script based)…so he died off camera which was pretty weak.  Ali Larter did return, but it didn’t make much sense for her to come back since Death was coming for her (I get that she needed a life…worked out well for her).  Like the previous film, I wish that Tony Todd had more screen time.

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I’m really not feeling well

The deaths of Final Destination 2 are crazier than the first.  The trend of the deaths to be like big Rube Goldberg Machines works, and keeps the audience guessing how the pieces will tie together…and it usually is funny (horror and laughter once again go hand-and-hand).  The movie’s opening wreck is also quite impressive, and one of the best wrecks I’ve seen in movies.

I think I actually like Final Destination 2 a bit better than Final Destination for a few reasons.  It has the same horror of the first film, but with even crazier deaths (and I think the cast is a little less annoying).  The movie isn’t a “good” movie, but it is fun.  Final Destination 2 was followed by Final Destination 3 in 2006.

Related Links:

Final Destination (2000)

Final Destination 3 (2006)

The Final Destination (2009)

Final Destination 5 (2011)

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