Kimberly and some friends are setting out on a road trip and as they are about to enter the highway she has a vision of their, and others, deaths in a pileup. Blocking the highway she prevents others from entering and saves their lives. But when things don’t quite work out as they had in her vision she quickly realizes death is stalking her and the others as it did the survivors, of which Clear is one, of Flight 180.
Ali Larter (Clear), AJ Cook (Kimberly), Michael Landes (Thomas), David Paetkau (Evan), Terrence Carson (Eugene), James Kirk (Tim), Lynda Boyd (Nora).
This one doesn’t really pick up where the first movie left off but rather starts a similar storyline with different characters. Once the plot is established Clear is brought back into the story to link the first film with this one, which works rather nicely. For someone who hasn’t seen the first movie yet this part of the plot could be a bit confusing but the movie is still viewable. In a nice twist toward the end this film is linked to the first and the audience is made aware that this plotline has the potential to continue endlessly. I say as long as the special effects, action, and interesting methods of death remain interesting then keep them coming.
A group of teen actors are the main characters in this one so the experience level is a bit low and does show in parts. The script isn’t unusually demanding of them, and dialogue isn’t very intricate, so acting comes across as pretty well done. Keeping the action moving and the girls cute helps to keep focus away from acting and on the story.
Camera work, sets, and sound were all well done. Dialogue is good but there are a few cheesy moments and a gratuitous boob shot, although nice, is really pointless and adds nothing to the film. Special effects, particularly surrounding auto accidents (watch and you will understand) are very well done and I love that part of the film.
Overall this is a very nice follow-up to the original with similar qualities. Good action moving the plot along nicely.
Very graphic and gruesome violence, foul language, drug use, and one nude shot. Teens and above should be fine with this one.
Final Destination 2 is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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