Final Destination 2 (2003) Movie Review
Written By: JASR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: David R. Ellis
Producers: Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, et al.
Writers: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress, Jeffrey Reddick
Date Released: January 31, 2003 (USA)
A.J. Cook as Kimberly Corman
Ali Larter as Clear Rivers
Michael Landes as Thomas Burke
David Paetkau as Evan Lewis
James Kirk as Tim Carpenter
Lynda Boyd as Nora Carpenter
Keegan Connor Tracy as Kat
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
One year after the events of the first movie, Kimberly (A.J. Cook), on the way to the beach with her friends, has a premonition about a deadly highway pileup. She tries to stop the incident by blocking the road, but a truck full of logs still starts an accident. Kimberly’s friends are killed while she and a few other people survive. She and Officer Burke (Michael Landes) must warn the other survivors about how Death still plans to get them.
If there’s one difference between the first Final Destination movie and the second one, it’s the gore factor. Final Destination 2 is a lot gorier as we see impalements, explosions, and a sliced body. The second installment of the Final Destination movies definitely does not shy away from gore. More than that, it does not shy away from showing us exactly how a person would look when impaled, sliced, and so on.
The Grave Review
As the events of Final Destination 2 (2003) occur exactly a year after the events of the first movie, I must commend how the writers properly executed the story. They made a logical connection between Final Destination and Final Destination 2 – allowing the audience to realize the significance of each.
One thing I appreciate about Final Destination 2 is how the characters are a mix of people in society – a teacher, a single mom and her son, a businesswoman, etc. The smart blend of characters makes the movie more relatable to its audience.
The whole movie is a roller coaster of emotions that made my jaw drop. The events leading up to each character’s death are more nerve-racking this time around. Moreover, some death scenes are so abrupt that we do not expect them at all.
Final Destination 2 (2003) contains elements of a plot twist that is both surprising and smart. The movie plays with emotions and makes the audience scream in frustration.
As expected from any Final Destination film, Final Destination 2 makes the audience paranoid about their actions. The way the actors executed each scene makes the audience fear for their lives as well – as if they were characters in the movie. The actors were right for the parts they played, and I commend the director as well for making the scenes as believable and nerve-racking as they should be.
The movie’s visual and sound effects are also worth noting. These effects play a part in keeping the audience engrossed in the film the whole time.
I appreciate how the movie has a lot of elements from the first installment. For starters, it still has Clear Rivers whom we loved in the first movie. It also mentions characters and deaths from the first movie – showing how the movies are connected. Nonetheless, those who see this movie without seeing the first one will still be able to understand what’s happening – which is another indication of a praiseworthy movie.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Final Destination 2 (2003) two and one-half graves out of five graves.
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