Final Destination 2 (6.5/10 Rating)
Released January 31, 2003
Streaming on Hulu. For rent/purchase on all major platforms.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated R: Strong violent/gruesome accidents, language, drug content, and some nudity
There are movies you watch to be moved and there are movies you watch to be entertained and enjoy the ride. This is not top-tier filmmaking, but it is definitely fun…if your idea of fun is watching the creatively gruesome ways characters can die. This sequel picks up a year after the events of the first Final Destination jumping right into the action with the main character having a premonition about a highway pileup in which her friends and other strangers will die leading to her saving them and dealing with the consequences of altering “Death’s” plan. The setup alone is worth watching as every shot lingers on various things, we all know are going to come into play soon. It’s like watching a Rube Goldberg Machine created for death. This film did for highway driving what Psycho did for showers. Anyone who has seen this movie will forever get uneasy behind a logging truck and find themselves quickly maneuvering around them. The acting is fine and much better than many movies in this genre, the music is fun, and the effects are mostly well done. Some effects don’t hold up, but many were so impressive I remember my friends and I pausing the DVD to see where the edits were happening in certain scenes. It can be a bit gory at times, so if you are generally turned off by that or have a weak stomach, I would steer clear, pun intended. If you enjoy a thriller and don’t mind a little dismembering and blood splatter, give it a watch. This is probably the best in the series and there have been rumors of late that another is in the works. Horror fans will enjoy yet another cameo from Tony Todd, the original Candyman.
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