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FINAL DESTINATION 2

David R. Ellisís follow-up to the 2000 "can you cheat death?" horror thriller is a slight improvement. The acting is still abysmal, but the pleasure of watching a victim go from one lethal situation to the next is enhanced by a greater degree of camp and voyeuristic creepiness.

As in the first Destination, an unwitting individual has a premonition about a pending calamity, and despite efforts to forestall fate, it happens anyway, though not exactly as predicted. Here a college student (A.J. Cook) foresees a brutal traffic pile-up while en route to a spring-break holiday. This opening freeway scene, with its ingeniously orchestrated eviscerations and impalings, gets the prize for best carnage, but the best suspense comes in the episode about a lottery winner who goes fishing for a ring down a drain disposal. Itís not The Seventh Seal by any stretch, but it is trite, queasy fun. (98 minutes).

BY TOM MEEK

Issue Date: February 6 - 13, 2003
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