Final Destination 2
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plot in a nutshell
It's been one year to the day since several students and their teacher
survived the crash of flight 180, only to all die painfully shortly
thereafter. The anniversary is marked by another teen, this time a
young woman, foreseeing the death of a group of people, herself and her
friends included, in a huge pileup on the expressway. Blocking the
entrance ramp with her SUV, she saves the lives of a half dozen people, only
to find themselves as cursed as the survivors of flight 180, hunted down by
a Death who doesn't take kindly to being cheated.
Spoiler Free Thoughts
Final Destination had one major plus going for it - it was the
original. That means the idea was fresh, and while the basic plot -
the idea that Death has to go through such amazing conniptions to
successfully kill someone off - has holes in it large enough to drive a
truck through, at least it was somewhat original.
so here of course, but they manage to make the deaths at least unique.
This is not a flick for the squeamish though, and each death is more
gruesome than the previous. Not only that, but the use of high
technology means that each is more realistic than past films. We've
seen a guy sliced clean through many times before (heck, poor Darth Maul
suffered that fate), but this is the first time I've seen the internal
organs, including the intestines, come falling out as the pieces slide away.
plot is as silly as the first film, but I can live with that. Sure, it
looks like the writers were big fans of the game Mousetrap when they were
kids, and it's hard to believe that Death would have to resort to such
intricate machinations just to kill off a handful of boneheads. But in
the first film, if you could get past that plot conundrum, the rest of the
film held together pretty well. Unfortunately, that's not the case
discuss a few of the deaths and the issues I had with them in more detail in
the Spoilers section, but let's just say that several of them were just
silly. They looked pretty good on film, but don't spend more than five
seconds thinking about it our you'll realize just how implausible they are,
or why they don't even make sense within the context of the film.
will give them this though - the transfer and sound are really
excellent. The film was crystal clear and crisp on my RPTV, and the
DTS ES 6.1 soundtrack took full advantage of all the surrounds. The
big crash scene at the beginning was particularly effective, but even
ambient mood sounds were present in almost every scene.
Rating - Very Qualified Rent
you didn't like the first film, stay very far away from this one. It's
more of the same, with less originality. However, if you are a fan of
B horror, just looking for a fun little flick to pass 90 minutes, you could
certainly do worse. It's not a movie I'll watch again, nor one I'd
even buy just for the cool sound track, but it was worth it to me to see it
Spoiler Laden Thoughts
got lots to spoil - and whine about...
it just me, or does how they beat Death in this film make absolutely no
sense? The pregnant woman as a red herring made less sense, since it's
pretty obvious that for every person that's born someone doesn't die (it's a
little thing called population growth). Let's not even go down the
road where this film is saying the baby isn't 'alive' until it's
birth. I would have preferred if they'd worked out some weird way to
make the birth actually work, but instead all it took was for one to
die...and be resurrected.
how did this actually stop Death's plan? Okay, I can buy that it would
skip the person doing the dying. Hey, they died, and it's not Death's
fault someone managed to pull them back from the bright light. But why
would that mean the next person down the list still wouldn't get the axe (or
drain pipe) in the head?
flaws in this film start pretty early. The girl sees a lot happen
between entering the freeway and the accident - she passes the other cars or
is passed by them, there's the whole cop-is-following-us-
and-we're-smoking-a-joint joke to get by, and it takes quite some time for
the accident. However, when it actually happens, the truck
hauling the logs barely gets past the on ramp before the big spill. I
can go along with the idea that Death altered his plan to try to snag a few
people still on the ramp, and that shows some creativity on his part, but it
was still distracting since it wasn't obvious at first.
of the deaths are pretty obvious, something that wasn't true with every one
in the first film. The only really surprising death was the pipe
through the head, although I'm a little confused why the air bag didn't go
off when the accident first occurred, and why a front airbag went off when
they were hitting the side of the car.
also found it interesting that Death actually managed to use them to kill
one of their own. Nora, the mother of the boy killed at the dentist
office, wouldn't have died at that particular time had it not been for
them. They saw the 'sign' of the man with hooks (a plant by Death of
course), they called her, she dropped the phone, getting her hair caught in
the hooks, and then running scared. Had they not seen that 'sign', it
wouldn't have occurred that way. I was disappointed that they didn't
point out to each other that they'd been used.
this film had even more plot holes than the first, so turning off your brain
will be a requirement. But if you're just looking for a Faces
of Death style film, with a threadbare story to hold it together, this might
be just what the doctor ordered.