You’ll never be caught speeding again … not after watching *this* movie!
Bigger. Badder. Bolder.
That was the setup for the sequel of the 2000-hit movie. And boy did they perform well! Final Destination 2 is pretty much better in every single department than its predecessor. Not that the first movie was bad, far from it, but the second one rocks the boat a heck of a lot more! And that’s something astonishing, if you know this movie can never hope to surprise the audience the way the first one did. Y’all know the premise.
Some teenager will suffer from a terrible hallucination which later turns out to be true. He or she (the first movie was a he, so naturally the second one has to be a she to keep things in balance) will somehow elude death and warn a bunch of other innocent souls. As a result, every single person who survives the accident because of the warning is now on death’s list. In short: they will all die and probably a lot more gruesome than some random accident.
Although it has to be said, the big accident that kick-starts the movie is not only the best death scene of the entire series, but it’s quite possibly the single most impressive pileup you’ll ever witness. Few movies know how to show a proper collision of cars and trucks and whatever else is on the road, but Final Destination 2 takes the cake! The car crash scene is so gut-wrenchingly realistic you will never run a red light again or drive whilst on the phone (freehand phoning, not included).
That one scene is enough to turn Final Destination 2 into the better movie and a very good sequel all around. But there’s more! More action, more death and more thrills! And even though the other death scenes can’t quite match the brilliance of the opening scene, there’s still a bunch out there that will put a big, fat grin on your face …
This time though the human element plays a slightly bigger part in the death scenes. Not to worry, there is no Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers behind the murders – it still is very much a natural flow of things causing mayhem – but often things are set in motion by humans or human interference.
Also, the bar for how much blood is in every scene has been raised a little.
And the death scenes themselves are more horrific. Whilst the first movie kept the horror at a low, this sequel seems to be more interested in showing off highly implausible, blood-soaking death scenes that could never occur in reality. That’s the only downside. If the movie remained somewhat down-to-earth rather than going all ‘shark frenzy for blood’, the thrills of the actual death scenes might’ve been more effective …
Still, not quite the shock of the century as it’s basically written in stone (or should I say: written in blood) that horror sequels have to rely on more blood, more gore and more death. Your audience expects it …
As before the acting talents aren’t the latest of the greatest, but they fit their roles more than well. Just like before, the finest acting doesn’t come from the main character, but from Tony Todd who once again joins the party. The others aren’t quite so famous, yet a special mention ought to go to Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson who serves up a laugh or two.
As for the main character, the beautiful yet completely faceless A.J. Cook fills her role with some kind of warm sympathy, but truth be told, she’s not much more than a pretty face. Sorry, girl!
Last but not least, seeing as how it’s not a major plot in the movie, it wouldn’t hurt too much to mention that actress Ali Larter (the sole survivor of part 1) comes back for one last scare …
Give it to me straight:
Final destination 2 isn’t just some random sequel that tries to walk the same path as its predecessor. Surely, the same formula is applied, but there is a heck of a lot more to enjoy than you’d expect from a pretty ordinary thriller-horror movie. As it goes with horror-sequels, there is more blood, more gore and more elaborate death scenes. But it’s not just a case of bigger splashes and better special effects.
The opening sequence of what can only be referred to as one of the all-time most heart-stopping car crashes ever put on celluloid is enough to glue you onto the screen, as if you were a magnet to a piece of metal. The structure of the scene – and most especially the build-up – is frighteningly well done! Before it all comes crashing down, you get a good view of the players and the positions they’re in. And then – BAM! Disaster strikes home …
In the end, Final destination is one of the best popcorn horror movies out there. It isn’t groundbreaking. It isn’t super-original. But it sure as hell is a lot of fun. Strange though, isn’t it, watching people die and enjoying it?
Give it to me short:
Final destination 2 is slightly better than the first, even though it has the disadvantage of not being so original anymore. What it cán do, is raise the bar of both the blood and the cheap chills. The opening sequence of the massive car accident will be burnt in your mind’s eye like a blu-ray. The other death sequences are more embellished and thus more grandiose, but ultimately a lot less frightening which in return opens the door for more laughter … just don’t feel bad when you laugh out loud each time someone dies!