Friday, December 5, 2014

Final Destination 2 (2003)

Starring: A.J. Cook, Ali Larter, and Michael Landes

Homicidal Maniac: Death

Intro Vision: High Car Pile-Up

Run time: 1:30:00

Quick Synopsis: A woman has a premonition of a highway car accident.  The premonition comes true and now the people saved by her warning our now being killed to complete death's plan.

A year after the Flight 180 plane crash, a young woman has a similar premonition of a highway car pile-up that takes the lives of many.  Just like Alex in the original, Kimberly is able to save a handful of lives.  As you all expect, this is only the beginning as once again the survivors begin to be picked off one by one.  While this film doesn't totally mail it in like some of the future sequels, there really isn't much to the movie other than the kill scenes.  Fortunately, they are entertaining enough to overcome the fact there is very little other substance in the story.  Each kill has added creativity and surprise that will definitely
get a reaction out of the viewer.  There are random changes and additions to the original concept that I assume were meant to give the movie from freshness but it doesn't do much other than add a little misdirection.  There is many more attempts at humor in Final Destination 2 than its predecessor, but I am not really sure whether it adds or takes away from the quality of the film.  I guess it just depends on the taste of viewer.  This is similar to a lot of horror movie sequels.  There is a tendency to move away from the horror and more towards giving the audience what they think the audience wants, in this case creative kills.  Final Destination 2 is your typical sequel to an decent awful horror movie. 

Fun Fact: Devon Sawa and New Line Cinema could not agree on a contract and this caused his character from the original to be left out of this film.

Hidden Gem: The school bus of students were from Mt. Abraham, the same school from the original film.

Total Kill Count: 12
Car Accident Victims (15:00) Car Accident Gore Rating: 8
Shaina- Sarah Carter (16:00) Hit by Truck/Car Explodes Gore Rating: 3
Frankie- Shaun Sipos (16:00) Hit by Truck/Car Explodes Gore Rating: 3 
Dano- Alejandro Rae (16:00) Hit by Truck/Car Explodes Gore Rating: 3
Evan Lewis- David Paetkau (26:00) Ladder through the Eye Gore Rating: 7
Tim Carpenter- James Kirk (43:00) Crushed by Glass Window Gore Rating: 7
Nora- Lynda Boyd (59:00) Decapitated by Elevator Gore Rating: 6
Kat- Keegan Connor Tracy (1:12:00) Pipe Through Head Gore Rating: 6
Rory- Jonathan Cherry (1:12:00) Cut into Segments by Flying Barbed-Wire Fence Gore Rating: 7
Eugene- T.C. Carson (1:18:00) Hospital Room Explosion Gore Rating: 1
Clear- Ali Larter (1:18:00) Hospital Room Explosion Gore Rating: 5
Brian- Noel Fisher (1:25:00) Grill Explosion Gore Rating: 5

             Horror Film: 5
             Entertainment: 8
             Gore: 7
             Overall: 6.25