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FINAL DESTINATION 2 (article first published : 2003-04-21)

Inventive deaths and dark humour are at the core of Final Destination 2 (Ster-Kinekor), the sequel to 2000's Final Destination. Starring Devon Sawa, it revolved around a teenager who had a premonition of the crash of a plane he and friends were about to board.

That film's premise was that there was no cheating death and the Grim Reaper set out to put fate back on track by killing off all the kids that should have died in the plane disaster.

The sequel, surprisingly, is just as compelling, albeit that the story follows the very same pattern.

Now, on the anniversary of the plane disaster, a teen girl, Kimberly (AJ Cook), is driving on a freeway, with three pals as passengers, when she wakes from a daydream. It is brilliantly and terrifying realised on screen and predicts a horrendous multiple car smash that begins with logs falling from a truck and decapitating a cop before causing more carnage.

and leaves many dead. Death then wants to set the record straight and, one by one, snatches the crash survivors in mysterious and freakish ways - starting with a young guy who has a string of amazing good luck before landing under a ladder and seeing his luck change.

We also get the teen boy whose end arrives in a great sequence involving a fish tank, a dentist, pigeons and glass.

In an effort to try to stop the Grim Reaper in his tracks, Kimberly hooks up with caring cop Thomas (Michael Landes of Hart's War) and the only survivor of the plane disaster, Clear Rivers (Ali Larter, seen in American Outlaws), who has been in an insane asylum.

They and others on death's list see a flicker of hope coming when they conclude that the birth of a survivor's baby will stop the reaper's reign. But will it? Rating: 6/10. Billy Suter.




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