Final Destination 2
Dir: David R. Ellis
Star: Ali Larter, Michael Landes, A.J. Cook, Tony Todd
Cert / Year: 15 - R / 2003
Format: CINEMA

After dreaming of a horrific car crash whilst she is stopped at an on ramp, Kimberly (A.J. Cook) resolves to save several people whom she saw die horribly in her premonition, thus causing yet another rift in the now familiar Death's design. But this time things are very different, since Alex and his friends walked off of the plane in Final Destination Death's design did not only affect the survivors of Flight 180, but every single person that they came into contact with unwittingly or not. Death is apparently tidying up all of the loose ends, so perhaps the only remaining survivor of flight 180 can help Kimberly stop Death and it's insidious design......

It can truly be said that this film will blow up a kid at a barbecue and serve one of his charred flying limbs on a silver platter. The only remaining member of the original cast of Final Destination is Clear (Ali Larter) and all the new characters are linked to the first film quite ingeniously, even if a little tenuously. Unfortunately, the script and dialogue is pretty poor all things considered and brings nothing new. Overrall the film is perhaps a touch pretentious and is really a regurgitation of the original even if the circumstances are different. Most of the suspense of the original is also sacrificed and some pretty awful dialogue detracts even further from any tension. You are left questioning where exactly the director came up with such a tragedy of an ensemble cast.

Multiple comedy and / or parody deaths, which although they may be good to make you jump, they do overdo the gore somewhat. The opening carnage of a multiple vehicle pile up is well put together and superbly paced which may well be due to the director's background and pedigree in stunt work. Some of the more graphic visuals are easily overlooked. Unfortunately the graphic gore detracts from what little suspense the film almost builds. From there the film goes downhill rapidly and gets a bit silly. There is nothing really new here as it was all covered in the first film. Like the original, the death scenes are just as if not a little more inventive, one or two are admittedly overly elaborate and excessive.

Tony Todd ( Candyman) reprises his creepy and unfulfilled role of Mr. Bludworth the "undertaker" with an affinity with "Death", not to mention intimate knowledge of "Death's" grand design / plan. Throughout the film you are left expecting to see John Cleese as he would genuinly appear quite at home here as some moments and set pieces are very "Python-esque". At least in this film the "survivors" realise a flaw / loophole with this great "design" of Death, which was so blatantly obvious in the first film but wasn't used and / or overlooked.

The film quite successfully if a little tenuously ties in the characters / deaths of the first film to these new characters... despite them being far from fully developed. Bit sloppy really, poor dialogue which borders on downright cheesy or corny. Some hammy and generally vaccuous performances. Final Destination 2 just isn't scary, despite having a couple of moments to make you jump, the film is woefully predictable and relies too much upon gore and ludicrous deaths. This is one of those films to appeal to the gore & silly death brigade of fans as it requires little intelligence, which may be just too juvenille for ardent horror fans. A thinly veiled excuse for a movie obviously made purely to cash in on the success of the original, this is far too comedic by far for that. The first 5 minutes are good but it soon loses grip and you are drawn along on a formulaic route to a forgone conclusion. "Apple" and "Puma" get substantial product placement coverage to the extent that this appears more like an advertisement for their products, in addition to some very silly continuity errors. Final Destination was a novel idea but perhaps this is one horse that should have avoided "Death's" grand "plan" itself as it now starting to be flogged like the already dead horse that it is. In such a desensitized world we live in, it is a pity that an audience will find a film popular just because of the gore factor or body count.


For every beginning there is an end.

Death may be closer than it appears.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home