"FINAL DESTINATION 2". A FILM REVIEW BY ALEX GRANT
An obsession with
Deaths Grand Design for us mere mortals suffused the clever and
sharp-witted FINAL DESTINATION [ 2000 ] directed with acumen and spirit
by seasoned X-FILES filmmaker James Wong.
The new sequel FINAL DESTINATION 2 is far cruder and only vaguely concerned
with the appealingly resonant philosophical basis of its predecessor.
The potential to build upon the sophisticated theme of fate, clairvoyance,
and freak accidents in FD1 has been sadly squandered. Yet
FD 2 is tense and involving thanks to its sheer non-stop breathless
pace. Intensity it has in spades.The young survivors of Flight 180,
which destroyed 40 pupils of Mount Abrahams H.S. and four of their teachers
on a field-trip to Paris, in FD1, have foiled Deaths Grand Design
and He is determined to scoop them all up methodically.
Precisely one year later at the start of FD2, a horrific multi-vehicle
traffic pileup on Highway 23 is shown in a vivid premonition to Kimberley
( A.J.Cook ) and she survives the calamitous smashup caused by a logging
trucks breakdown, saving a half-dozen other motorists in the process.
This prolonged sequence is the best thing in FD2, handled with expertise
by former stunt-coordinator David R.Ellis.
The original premise of FINAL DESTINATION was smart Death takes
umbrage when His Master Plan goes askew and He goes back to His drawing
board, to contrive even more diabolical accidents. A philosophical
teen horror flick is a rare beast and the recent tragedies with the
Space-Shuttle and the last of two B.C. avalanche catastrophes remind
us that Death is out there causing His freakish lethal events
on a fiendishly regular daily basis.The inevitability of
every chance encounter with Death can, post-mortem, be "explained"
by forensic pathologists, let alone by physicists. Our over-dependence
upon a host of machines lends Death a generous range in his scheming.
But the random nature of the universe will always defy a full rationale.
The inner-workings of the universe, even without a malevolent personified
Death, are never wholly rational. Stephen Kings 2002 novel FROM
A BUICK 8 treats this issue in an astute manner, the author himself
having fallen prey to a freak collision with a motorist,
one that left him seriously disabled. Us mere mortals will always bleat
"Why Me?" and the survivors of a calamitous event will ponder
"Why NOT Me?" And not one of us can provide an explanation.
Final Destination 2 is playing all over the USA and
Canada this February 2003
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