Final Destination 2

2003

Action / Fantasy / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

125
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 48%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 133493

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Cast

Ali Larter as Clear Rivers
Sarah Carter as Shaina
A.J. Cook as Kimberly Corman
Noel Fisher as Brian Gibbons
720p.BLU
601.43 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 9 / 61

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by aaronsaltzer 8 / 10

Left questions unanswered

I was wondering why Tim died after the secretary just intervened in his death. What everyone was saying in the film was that if someone intervened in your death, Death skipped you and went to the next person. That didn't happen in his case. Also, according to Kimberly's vision, the police officer died in the car wreck, yet he didn't die or cheat Death at all. I didn't understand that either. Other than that, the movie was good.

Reviewed by Paul Evans 8 / 10

A great watch, loaded with thrills and spills.

I loved the first film, had a definite originality to it, if I'm honest the second instalment was always my favourite in the series. It is somehow more cohesive, more gripping and generally more thrilling then the first.

Kimberley's preminition is terrifying, imagine being in your car, about to pull out into a motorway/freeway and seeing that. It made me get the bus for the next few days!

The writing is tight and imaginative, the production values are slick and well done, it's well acted, particularly Michael Landes, who is always great in whatever he does, I actually preferred Ali Larter's Clear in this then the first.

The best in the series. 8/10

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10

Death returns with a vengeance

While it was not a great or perfect film (particularly in the dialogue, ending and some of the acting), the first 'Final Destination' was entertaining and effective (especially with its terrific opening plane sequence and the creative deaths) with a fascinating idea done well.

'Final Destination 2' gets my vote as the best of the four sequels and generally it's just as good as the first film. Like its predecessor it's patchy and uneven, but 'Final Destination 2' takes a bigger and bolder approach and executes it just as cleverly and effectively. Horror sequels have a patchy history, 'Final Destination 2' is one of the better examples. Structurally, the story is a re-tread basically except with cars rather than a plane but has enough freshness to stop it from being repetitive and the novelty from wearing off.

Visually, 'Final Destination 2' may not be quite as stylish as its predecessor. It is all the same still as slick and atmospheric, with the special effects still being pretty good in particularly the opening sequence. The music has a suitable haunting eeriness.

David R Ellis' direction shows a genuine understanding of the concept and the horror genre, breathing atmosphere, fun and freshness into a tried and tested formula. To me, he is second only to James Wong for the first film when it comes to ranking the 'Final Destination' films directors.

Although there is a little too much of an over-reliance on gore, not all of it necessary, the death scenes are bolder, more elaborate and more creative. The film is never dull and much of it is fun, suspenseful and creepy. The highlight is the terrific opening car pile up, which is as high in the terror stakes as the opening plane sequence in the first. Liked the irony in some of the dialogue.

The acting is very variable however. The best performances come from returning Ali Larter, providing a nifty link to the first, and a creepy Tony Todd. AJ Cook had her moments, but did overdo and underact some scenes, that she is so much better in 'Criminal Minds' is an understatement.

Michael Landes looks uncomfortable the entire time and Jonathan Cherry is irritating. Again the characters are generally one-dimensional and not developed much beyond that which doesn't always make it easy to care for them.

Excepting some nice irony and that the exposition isn't as clumsy, the dialogue doesn't flow particularly well and reeks of cheese. The ending is contrived and illogical.

Overall, enjoyable if imperfect. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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