Would a sequel to the original Final Destination work, when viewers already pretty much know what's going to happen? Heck yeah, as long as you have a great cast, great writing, and a talented director. Great special effects are just the icing on the cake - and this franchise can always be counted on to deliver some of the gnarliest deaths imaginable, from the simple to the most elaborate and cinematic. Watching this film, you can't help but reflect on the fact that there are a bazillion ways to meet your death every single day, no matter how careful you are. It's a wonder we live as long as we do.
It has been exactly one year since Flight 180 blew up on takeoff - and all of those who accidentally survived began their twisted tangoes with Death, who doesn't like to have his plans altered by sudden premonition-based acts. Only one of those survivors still lives - Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), secluded inside a padded cell. Now another young person, Kimberly Corman (A.J. Cook), has a terrible premonition of her own while waiting to get on a crowded freeway. Rather than being thankful, most of the people she saves with her actions complain about the whole experience and scoff at the obvious similarities of the events of last year. Of course, these people soon begin dying in noticeably bizarre ways. This time, though, Death seems to be working backwards - as if trying to find a way to cheat Death again wasn't enough, Kimberly and the others have to figure out what kind of game Death is playing this time around. Kimberly seeks advice and assistance from Clear Rivers, the great Tony Todd ramps up the macabre atmosphere of the circumstances in a wonderful cameo, and the inevitable debate over free will vs. fate among the survivors becomes academic rather quickly.
There is a nice level of complexity to what could have been a pretty simple storyline. Those who escaped the freeway pile-up at the start of this movie are not as random as they would appear, as there is a very special link that ties them all together. This sequel also introduces a new survival plan for those on Death's overdue appointment list - you have to have hope, you know. Anyway, Death and the filmmakers would seem to have spared no expense when it comes to delivering little cinematic masterpieces of destruction that manage to impress even when you see them coming. With the exception of one rather cheesy demise, the film showcases a number of a gory, ingenious, and (if you're as sick and twisted as I am) darkly comical deaths. This really is a great series of films that could have gone south in a hurry with the first sequel. Instead, Final Destination 2 is every bit as good - if not better - than the original film.
After Kimberly Corman (A.J. Cook) has a premonition about a massive series of car accidents on the highway she and her friends are on, she pulls her car over. A cop, Thomas Burke (Michael Landes), comes up to her and asks why she's blocking traffic. She says there's going to be a huge accident and, sure enough, events begin to unfold on Highway 180 . . . but without them unlike in her vision. The cop goes to alert other emergency personnel. An oncoming truck heads right for Kim's car. Kim escapes but her friends are killed. Yet others--who had died in the multiple wrecks in Kim's vision--also survive.
Soon, the survivors are all together. Except one by one Death comes for them, making things as they should be, restoring order and bringing his agenda of who dies and when back under his control.
To try and stop the cycle before it's too late, Kim seeks out a survivor from the first movie--Clear Rivers (Ali Larter)--and Clear takes command, explaining why people are dying and how to save themselves.
If they believe her.
Shock, gore and suspense are what this movie is all about.
I got to tell you, this movie had me biting my nails all the way through. After the *ahem* blood settled and we knew who the major players were, I was gripping my seat because very quickly they slowly began to die. And not just, oh, they die slowly--but in that step-by-step, cause-and-effect way that is the Final Destination franchise's hallmark. These movies are very much about the Butterfly Effect, and the way the tension is created as you wait for someone to be a goner is pure gold.
I loved the creative ways folks died in the movie. No clear-cut, bang-you're-dead stuff here. Just pure strange ways of checking out. The most creative, I thought, was when that kid got squished by a falling sheet of glass. Didn't see that coming, and the way he folded in half is burned in my memory. Likewise when the barb-wired fence dices Rory (Jonathan Cherry) into pieces. Who comes up with this stuff?
The only thing that got under my skin was Clear's constantly talking about "Death's design." Okay. We get it. He has a design. Move on. I don't need to hear you using that phrase a thousand times in the movie.
This flick has a permanent place in my DVD collection.
A.P. Fuchs Canister X
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once again death stalks a group of people,who survived a catastrophe they weren't supposed to.if you've seen the first movie,you know how outlandish the premise is.you know,death stalking people according to some grand scheme.well,this movie is more preposterous as they add a few things in order to further the story.the deaths are much more inventive and in some cases much more graphic.the movie is better paced,much more intense and suspenseful than the first one.again,if you can get around the general premise,you'll probably like this movie.and if you've seen the first one,and liked it,the premise isn't something that will bother you.i'm not sure this installment is better than the first.after all, the novelty of the unique and(as far as i know)original premise only works with the first one.but,with a few different elements,i.e,more gruesome deaths,more intensity and suspense,and better pacing,it's at least as good as the original.so,sit back,relax and enjoy.and,once again,just remember to throw reality out the window. 4/5