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Final Destination 2begins with a well-orchestrated multicar pileup on a freeway--a horrifying accident that turns out to be a premonition, as seen by a young woman (A.J. Cook) who saves herself and several other people by blocking a freeway on-ramp. Thus, as in the firstFinal Destination, a prescient vision disrupts the destined plans of death, and death goes to extreme lengths to correct matters. What makesFinal Destination 2entertaining is that the characters can only survive by learning to recognize the signs of impending doom--and the signs are basically the cinematic foreshadowing that moviemakers use to invoke suspense. This, combined with some elaborately complicated and gruesome deaths, fosters a ghoulish humor that's more entertaining than the smirky self-referentiality ofScream.Final Destination 2doesn't aspire to be a great movie, but trash has its pleasures. Also featuring Ali Larter as the only survivor of the first movie.--Bret Fetzer
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review by . August 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    Oh, this is getting tiresome already. "Final Destination 2" is a mediocre, stylish, violent sequel to yet another stylish, violent, but all-around surprisingly good original. "Final Destination" had its idea and its cruel sense of humor to back it up when it got, perhaps intentionally, absurd; but the sequel has even less. It seems to have abandoned the concept of using the premise for comedy, and instead most of the laughter comes from the filmmakers and people …
review by . November 23, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
"Final Destination 2" picks up one year after the original flick ended. By now, all but one of the original survivors of Flight 180 have died in freak accidents. The only survivor, Ali Larter's character, is safely tucked away in a padded cell. The movie begins with, and I know this will shock you, a huge pile-up on the highway. Instead of a young boy having a premonition, it's a young girl this time. She attempts to stop the accident and, another shocker, she survives, as well as a small group …
review by . October 05, 2003
Pros: great stunts, interesting story, excellent special effects     Cons: story not told well, a couple of lousy actors, contrived script     The Bottom Line: If you like gory movies, this is a good one for you. But, if you're into well-developed characters and a good script, you'd better pass.     Ah yes, yet another movie review from one of my weekend film fests. Along with Malibu's Most Wanted and The Scorpion King, I rented Final Destination …
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