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Final Destination 2
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Oct 10, 2004 By: Indiana Sev
Final Destination 2 order
Director:
David R. Ellis

Actors:
A.J. Cook
Ali Larter
Michael Landes

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Kimberly (Cook) gets premonitions of death looming and forces herself, her friends and other drivers to a halt by the side of the highway, thus saving some lives. Except, shes messed with Deaths plan and now its come to claim their lives in wild and random ways that they cant possibly conceive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Im not the biggest fan of most modern horror movies, especially some of the more generic ones featuring teens and an asshole masked assailant, but I enjoyed the first FINAL DESTINATION movie: it had a great premise, very original and hilarious kills and it kept me involved throughout. Same here. This is pretty much the same thing, with a few new ideas of what can be done to foil Deaths plan to off these kids. This advice is given yet again by the uber-creepy and humorous mortician Mr. Bludworth (Tony Todd) who returns to the series. Also, these kids arent complete dumbasses, which is also a nice change. They skimp on the T, the A and the P (?) in this horror flick, but the over-the-top, creative and simply laugh-out-loud death scenes more than make up for that. I laughed my ass off and even rewinded a couple of them to witness the hilarity a second time around. Its worth the rental price alone to see some of these poor suckers meet their maker.

The babes are also out in full form here as well. Blonde cute-pie Ali Larter returns and the lovely Ms. Cook aint too shabby either. What really got my engine running on the other hand (ahem, no pun intended) was the fiery Keegan Connor Tracy, who was delicious, yummy and yeah, she acted in it too. I cant understand why the director decided to skip the skin shots though. This is a cheesy horror film and he could easily have given the boys in the band some bacon. It mightve earned him another half a star. Sorry ladies, no Devon Sawa in this one though. I would have to say that everything was a little above average in this film, the acting was believable, the directing had a bit of style and creativity and the storyline, surprisingly didnt feel stale even the second time around. A guilty pleasure and nothing more.
THE EXTRAS
This DVD has the infinifilm experience which is supposed to allow you to experience the film in a very unique way. Personally, I like watching the features separately from the actual movie, but if you like to watch the movie and be told whenever an interesting fact or special feature regarding that scene is available or coming up and view it simultaneously and then return to the movie, then go crazy, because thats what this does. I personally think the idea sucks lemons.

This first part is included in the All-Access Pass Features.

They dont skimp on the features here. There is a filmmaker commentary which features director Ellis, producer Craig Perry and screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. There are no pauses on the track and it remains interesting throughout because you get many points of view from the many contributors to the film. They even introduce themselves often before speaking so as to not confuse the listener, very cool. Next at bat is Bits & Pieces: Bringing Death To Life. I really enjoyed this one. Its basically a half hour feature which allows experts of the gore/horror genre to explain the fascination people have for these types of films and the history of the genre. The effects crew from FINAL DESTINATION 2 also contribute greatly, going over the same points and of course, sharing the secrets of the special effects that provided the wacky death scenes from the film. I suggest this to anyone who liked the film, its a great addition to the DVD.

Some deleted/alternate scenes with commentary are also tacked on. Just five in total, nothing great but watchable nonetheless. Two cheesy music videos and some trailers round out this first portion of the extras.

The following is part of the Beyond The Movie Features.

The Terror Gauge is a 14-minute experiment a doctor performs on 3 kids watching FINAL DESTINATION 2. Theyre basically hooked up to a bunch of wires and computers as we get to see how their body react to certain scenes in the film. Whatever. Watch this only if you really, really give a shit. If I wanted to educate myself on the physiological workings of the human body when facing tense situations, Id watch The Learning Channel or go to a singles bar. Cheating Death: Beyond and Back is the next feature. This is 18-minutes worth of real people talking about their near death experiences. The feature also looks back on the history of these sort of happenings throughout time. I can see how this might relate to the film, watch it only if you want to add a bit more meaning and spirituality to your evening. Choose Your Fate involves you picking a random card and seeing if you survive or meet a gruesome death. Pretty creepy and also pretty boring after the first two tries. Finally the Fact Track feature allows you access little subtitles revealing interesting tidbits and trivia while watching the film, sort of like pop-up videos.

They also included a DVD-ROM/Online features (wallpapers, script-to-screen, etc.) on the disc. I suppose this is for die-hard fans only. At least they put in the effort to please everyone.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a definite Friday night I-want-to-make-out-with-my-girl-but-she-wants-to-see-a-movie-first-and-then-maybe-we-can-get-busy-rental. Its fun, foolish, but that's about it. The extras are great for fans of the series and furthermore, I justdamn, hold on, I smell something burning
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