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FINAL DESTINATION 2


CAST: Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Michael Landes, T. C. Carson, Jonathan Cherry, Keegan Connor Tracy


DIRECTOR: David R. Ellis



"Once you get past its supremely nonsensical title, ‘Final Destination 2,’ a smooth and sharp slice of teen-gothic cheese, is kind of fun…It's not as cheekily knowing as the ‘Scream’ movies or as trashily Grand Guignol as the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise, but like those pictures it recognizes the close relationship between fright and laughter, and dispenses both with a free, unpretentious hand…‘Final Destination 2’ is an apt--perhaps even a therapeutic --entertainment for these jumpy times." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"It ain't art. But as a cinematic house of horrors, it more than fills the bill…Yes, it wants to do nothing more than shock its audience. But it does it so well, and with such absolute abandon, it's impossible not to be impressed with the results. ‘Final Destination 2’ may leave your brain unchallenged, but it will certainly get your pulse racing." --Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun

"There's one easy rule when it comes to horror sequels, and it holds true whether it's slop like ‘Halloween II’ or ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’ or even higher-reaching fare such as ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Damien: Omen 2.’ Pile on more than before--more blood, more guts, whatever it takes to get thrill-seeking audiences to the next level. ‘Final Destination 2’ follows that basic formula in its story of a group of near-death survivors who ironically couldn't be more unlucky…This is camp, pure and simple, with no aspirations to be anything more. There's nothing wrong with a good thrill ride, and in that respect ‘Final Destination 2’ delivers." --Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A sequel to the most obscure movie ever to make $50 million, ‘Final Destination 2’ opens with a horrific traffic accident, which seems apt since what follows is the cinematic equivalent of rubbernecking…The only pleasure to be derived from the resulting carnage comes from the Rube Goldbergesque chain reactions that precede each fatality (one involves pigeons, a nitrous oxide tank, and a sheet of glass). Sadly, everything else about the film is also deadly." --Bruce Fretts, Entertainment Weekly

"… takes a good idea from the first film and pounds it into the ground, not to mention decapitating, electrocuting, skewering, blowing up, incinerating, drowning and gassing it...Perhaps movies are like history, and repeat themselves, first as tragedy, then as farce." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times