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Scared To Death
by Betty Jo Tucker

After seeing Final Destination 2, I’m almost afraid to write this review. Something might go wrong with my computer hook-up and, while trying to fix it, I could electrocute myself. Or I might trip over the tangled cords and break my skull. Or my little finger could get stuck in the keyboard, causing me to shake it to get loose – which could bring the monitor crashing down on my chest, and I’d never be able to breathe again. Woe is me! All these fears evoked by one little horror flick.

"Death is all around you," says one of the characters in this frightening sequel. However, when your number comes up, are you a goner no matter what you do to avoid it? Suppose you have a premonition about what’s going to happen. Isn’t it possible to trick death by avoiding the situation appearing in your mental crystal ball? According to Final Destination 2, you can try, but Death will get very angry and start stalking you and everyone you saved by warning them about the disaster.

Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) knows all about trying to cheat Death. Remember how her boyfriend Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) persuaded some of his classmates to leave an airplane before it took off because he had a vision of the plane crashing? And the horrible deaths they suffered afterwards in Final Destination? Now Clear is the only survivor, and she’s in a padded cell for her own protection.

When Kimberly Corman (A.J. Cook) asks Clear for help, it’s not easy for her to agree. But Kimberly desperately needs assistance. She’s in the same boat as Alex was, only this time the disaster involves a horrible highway accident. With Clear and Officer Thomas Burke (Michael Landes) at her side, Kimberly attempts to outwit Death and save the people who were supposed to die in the highway carnage she envisioned.

Filling the screen with blood and gore, Final Destination 2 also includes surprise after surprise as we expect something terrible to happen, but it doesn’t. Then, horror of horrors, something even more terrible occurs. To prevent similar disasters in your own life, here are some valuable life-saving tips:

  1. Be careful where you throw out unfinished plates of spaghetti.
  2. Don’t ask for laughing gas when you’re having dental work done.
  3. Keep your distance from men with hooks.
  4. Avoid flocks of pigeons, especially on the ground.
  5. Look carefully before you put anything in the microwave.

Final Destination 2, like its predecessor, exploits the universal fear of death – but it does so with a creepy, creative flair.

Hmmm. Is that something burning in the kitchen? Better go check it out. . . oh, no. . . please . . . somebody help!

(Released by New Line Films and rated "R" for strong violent/gruesome accidents, language, drug content and some nudity.)

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