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:: Final Destination 2

A year after the terrible and tragic deaths of the freak survivors from flight 180, Death returns with his own “design” pushing sole survivor, Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), closer to his door. This time death is taking a whole bunch of other unassuming ineffectual (potentially gruesome ways of dying) people with him.

Instead of the plane crash that was, our heroine (if you’d call it that) Kimberly Corman (AJ Cook), foresees a devastating road accident in which several other motorists die just as she’s about to merge onto the freeway. In this “vision” she sees the deaths of all in her path including her best friends and herself. She wakes to this “vision” and freezes causing a traffic block that holds up all the other motorists that were “destined to die.” As she protests and explains to the policeman why she can’t merge into the peak hour free- way traffic, her premonition comes true. However she doesn’t die nor do the other angry drivers blocked by her four wheel drive, unfortunately her car and her friends in it aren’t so lucky.

Following the same pattern as the first (albeit not as inconspicuously) death picks off each one and makes sure the death they missed is more than made up for. Along the track, once they realise what the hell is going on in a chock block scene filled to the brim with pointless and unnecessarily boring exposition that anyone could see coming a mile away, the remaining few realise that, wait… hang on a minute… they’ve all cheated death before or have known someone else who has or better yet, have known someone from flight 180 (which by the way according to this logic everyone has cheated death or known of someone who has therefore proposing that we are all part of “deaths design” and will all ultimately die in a gruelling untimely death…yawn).

Enter Clear (Hippie parents or just bad name?) Rivers who is voluntarily locked in a padded cell fully equipped with a pin board (and drawing pins) of all the past deaths and information on flight 180. However she doesn’t need much persuading to check herself out only to have death barbeque her and check her in elsewhere.

The very obvious occurs as the token African American is of course crazily wielding a gun, and the cocky guy, who has funnily enough just won the lottery, cops it in the eye, heads being ripped out through a elevator door, boy being squashed (???) by sheet of glass, guy being cut up with barb wire fence, girl with stake through head and my personal favourite boy blown up by barbeque. At least death has a sense of humour. These over-the-top deaths are really in it for the shock, gore and comedic value whilst pushing stereotypes as far as they go.
The story is a mixed bag of too much or nonsensical expositions with so many plot holes. Director David R. Ellis’ opening highway scene accident bared no expense on a completely full-blown mass car accident pile up that seemed to take 15 minutes, was a visual feast of burned corpses and crushed metal. It is also embarrassing to see promising actress Ali Larter reciting such dreadful dialogue, although I’m sure this role will prove her to a “bankable” star able to carry a teen franchise that will soon enough see her in better upcoming roles.

The first instalment was a dark and brooding low budget film that toyed with a good idea, whereas its sequel has gone to the extreme opposite and made it farcical. What is perplexing is the popularity and box office results were quite good. Here’s hoping that there won’t be a third.