Final Destination 2
Final Destination 2 is a 2003 horror film directed by David R. Ellis. It was Distributed by New line Cinema.
It's the sequel to 2000's Final Destination.
In May 13, 2001, one year after the explosion Volee Airlines Flight 180, college student Kimberly Corman is heading to Daytona Beach, Florida for spring break with her friends, Shaina McKlank, Dano Estevez, and Frankie Whitman. On Route 23, Kimberly suddenly had a premonition of logs falling off a semi, causing a massive car accident that kills everyone involved. She stalls her car on the entrance ramp, preventing several people from entering the highway, including lottery winner Evan Lewis; widow Nora Carpenter and her fifteen-year-old son Tim; businesswoman Kat Jennings; stoner Rory Peters; pregnant Isabella Hudson; high school teacher Eugene Dix; and Deputy Marshal Thomas Burke. While Officer Burke questions Kimberly, the pileup occurs. Shaina, Dano, and Frankie are killed by a speeding truck, but Kimberly is saved by Officer Burke at the last second.
The survivors are brought to the police station, where they learn about the curse of Flight 180. Later, a chain reaction causes a fire in Evan's apartment which he barely escapes; but when Evan slips, the fire escape ladder falls and impales his eye. Officer Burke researches the survivors of Flight 180, and discovers that Alex Browning was killed by a falling brick. Kimberly visits Clear Rivers, the last survivor of Flight 180, who is now a voluntary patient at a psychiatric ward. Clear refuses to help, but while arguing with Kimberly she realizes that the survivors are dying in reverse, and warns Kimberly to look out for "signs" of Death. Upon returning home, Kimberly has a vision of a flock of pigeons attacking her and she and Officer Burke rush to save Nora and Tim, but they arrive too late and Tim is crushed by a glass pane, while leaving the dentist. Clear decides to help and introduces Kimberly and Officer Burke to mortician William Bludworth, who tells them that only "new life" can defeat Death. They believe that if Isabella has her baby it will ruin Death's plan and they will all be safe.
Isabella is accused of driving a stolen van and taken into custody, while the other survivors reunite for safety. After Nora is decapitated by malfunctioning elevator doors, the group leaves to track down Isabella, who has gone into labor at the police station, while the officer on duty rushes Isabella to the hospital in her van. Along the way, they realize they have all cheated death prior to the Route 23 incident, as a result of the Flight 180 survivors, which explains why Death is working backwards. Since Officer Burke saved Kimberly from being hit by the truck earlier, she is last on Death's list.
The survivors' vehicle suffers a blowout, prompting them to swerve onto a farm. The back of the car is penetrated by PVC pipes which injure Eugene, and he is rushed to the hospital. As rescuers arrive at the scene, Brian Gibbons, the son of a farm owner, is nearly killed by a speeding news van, but Rory saves him at the last second. Using the Jaws of Life, Kat's rescuer accidentally activates the airbag and her head is impaled by a pipe protruding from her headrest. Her cigarette falls out of her hand and into a gasoline leak leading to the news van, causing the van to explode, and sending a barbed wire fence flying through the air, which kills Rory.
Kimberly, Clear, and Officer Burke rush to the hospital, and Kimberly has another vision of Dr. Ellen Kalarjian "strangling" Isabella. After Burke immobilizes Dr. Kalarjian, they witness Isabella give birth and assume they have cheated death. However, Kimberly has another vision of someone with bloody hands in a submerging van and realizes that Isabella was never meant to die in the pile-up.
Clear searches for Eugene, but accidentally causes his room to explode from an oxygen combustion, killing them both. Kimberly realizes the person in her vision was herself and immerses a van in a lake to drown herself. Kimberly is rescued by Burke and resuscitated by Kalarjian, which was her actual premonition, thus granting her new life. Sometime later, Kimberly and Burke have a picnic with Brian's family and Kimberly's father to celebrate their survival. There they learn of Brian's deterrence from Death when his father tells them he was almost hit by a van, but Rory saved him. The group then see a malfunctioning barbecue grill explode, killing Brian. she continues to scream at a served arm at the table.
- Again, the story is at its worst, as the first film.
- Some of the deaths make no sense, or are even avoidable, such as, if Kimberly didn't yell "Pigeons!", teenage Tim wouldn't be chasing and frightening the pigeons away into the construction worker which resulted in his death.
- During the highway scene, one of the flaws was that the creators didn't do any research about it.
- The truck was carrying logs on a highway with a flatbed trailer rather than a log trailer, which could be very generic.
- The scene itself was actually like a Canadian place.
- Vehicles don't immediately blow up into fireballs when colliding on impact.
- Almost little-to-no story, which was slow-paced.
- Some of the scenes are too campy and aren't scary at all.
- The characters were trying to all be heroes, which is extremely lazy like the first film, even if Kimberly is some control freak making everything go her way.
- Poor acting.
- Unoriginal ideas.
- Kimberly Corman and the other characters are likable, despite Kimberly is an interfering control freak trying to control everyone else's lives.
- The idea of placing a highway scene is decent.
- Decent soundtrack. Also, you can hear "Highway to Hell" on Kimberly's radio.
- Ali Larter reprises her role as Clear Rivers from the first film, despite she has turned into a sour sulky mean girl.
- The special-effects are well-done, mostly due to being real instead of CG.
- The Hookman's reaction to Nora's death is hilarious
Like the first film, the film received mixed reviews from critics, gaining a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, the film scored a 38/100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews" while IMDB Holds a 6.2/10 rating. The negative assessments sorted the film as "silly and illogical" and "begins with the same flawed premise" of its precursor, while positive evaluations eulogized the film as "a real jolter for horror fans", "recognizes the close relationship between fright and laughter", and "surprisingly good fun for the current crop of horror films".