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Monday, 18 October 2010
Final Destination 2
En route to an alcohol and drug fuelled camping trip with her friends (Sarah Carter, Alex Rae, Shaun Sipos), Kimberley (A.J. Cook) has a premonition of an explosive pile-up that kills dozens and blocks off the lane that leads on to Route 23, only a couple of minutes before the pile-up happens further ahead. While her friends are killed, Kimberley and eight others (Michael Landes, T.C. Carson, Jonathan Cherry, Keegan Connor Tracy, Justina Machado, Lynda Boyd, James Kirk, David Paetkau) who should have died survive. In the days following, however, the survivors are killed one-by-one in freak accidents and Kimberley seeks the help of Clear Rivers (Ali Larter), the only survivor of Flight 180 in the original film (2000), who agrees to help them cheat Death.
The film really does boast some excellent effects, especially in the premonition pile-up which is easily one of the best car crash scenes I have ever seen, with some seriously vivid, shocking and eye-catching explosions, and is really well shot to make the skidding of the cars, et cetera, fast-paced, eye-catching and gripping. The editing is also good in the death scenes, which feature some intricate shots, and is combined well with the soundtrack to make the scenes creepily tense, and the images vivid, bloody and bold to a throat-lumping level.
On the downside the performances aren't that brilliant, feeling forced and underdeveloped, just like the characters, who are scarcely more than props in a story of how the force of Death stalks its victims till they die, tying up loose ends. And even many of the deaths are simply stupid, not even managing to look the slightest bit believable, with the characters who die looking like they're made of clay when they die Like the original the idea of Death being a force is underwhelming, poorly written and just feels so artificial, it is angering.
All in all this film is tense, gripping and even enjoyable at moments, it is inferior to its predecessor, and an altogether overly flawed film.
Stars: A.J. Cook, Michael Landes, Ali Larter, T.C. Carson, Jonathan Cherry, Keegan Connor Tracy, Justina Machado, Lynda Boyd, James Kirk David Paetkau, Tony Todd, Sarah Carter, Alex Rae, Shaun Sipos, Andrew Airlie, Noel Fisher.
Saturn nomination: Best Horror Film.