|“||People are always most alive just before they die. Don't you think?||„|
|― William Bludworth|
The film is set in [White Plains, New York and in the proximity of Greenwood Lake, NY, in 2001, a year after the events of the previous movie and has two returning characters; Clear Rivers and the mortician William Bludworth. Grossing $16,017,141 on its opening weekend in the US, which was a significant portion of its overall profit.
It debuted at No. 2 on the Box Office Top 10 and remained in the top 10 for 3 weeks.
One year after the explosion of Flight 180, Kimberly Corman has a premonition of a horrific pile-up on Route 23, killing everyone involved. She stalls her car on the entrance ramp with her friends Shaina, Dano, and Frankie. This stops teacher Eugene Dix, mother Nora Carpenter and her son Tim, pregnant Isabella Hudson, lottery winner Evan Lewis, drug addict Rory Peters, self-centered journalist Kat Jennings, and police officer Thomas Burke, from entering the highway. While Tom questions Kimberly about the inconvenience, her vision becomes a reality. While those who were spared stare in shock, an 18-wheeler truck crashes into Kimberly's SUV killing Shaina, Dano and Frankie.
While the survivors are questioned at the police station, they are informed of Alex Browning and his vision of the Flight 180 disaster, but only Kimberly takes it seriously. After Evan is impaled through the eye by an escape ladder while attempting to escape a house fire, she fears that Death is indeed reclaiming the survivors. Kimberly visits Clear Rivers, the last remaining Flight 180 survivor after Alex Browning is killed by a falling brick, in an asylum. Clear tells her that Death is working backwards because Evan was last to die in the vision. The only advice she gives Kimberly is to save herself. Kimberly and Tom begin working to save the other survivors using Kimberly's visions as clues. Despite their attempts, Tim falls victim next when he is crushed by a falling pane of glass. Clear then agrees to help and takes them to visit the strange mortician William Bludworth, who tells the group that they can escape Death via new life. They conclude that delivering Isabella's unborn baby will save the survivors. Isabella is taken into custody while the others meet to keep each other alive. Nora leaves the group to prepare her son's funeral, but her head gets trapped in the malfunctioning doors of an elevator and she is decapitated.
Isabella soon goes into labor and has to be rushed to hospital by a hapless policeman. The survivors drive out to meet Isabella, and it is revealed they all escaped Death due to the Flight 180 passengers dying,(Kimberly would have been killed if she hadn't been distracted by a news report of Tod Waggner, Tom would have been killed in a shoot off but was at the scene were Billy Hitchcock died, Eugene would have been stabbed by a child but was transferred to another school and Valerie Lewton took over him, Kat would have been choked to death by a gas spill in a Bed and Breakfast but her bus hit Terry Chaney and Rory would have died in a collapsing theatre but was held up in a cafe after Carter Horton was hit by the sign) and Death is now reversing its list in order to bring everything to a whole. Isabella and the officer cause the survivors' car to crash. Eugene's lung is punctured by a pipe, and he is rushed to hospital. A family, the Gibbons, try to help everyone out of their situation, including their son, Brian. Brian is nearly hit by a van, but saved by Rory. Kat is then killed when a fireman accidentally sets off the airbag in her car with the jaws of life, knocking her head into a sharp pipe protruding from her headrest. A cigarette she drops ignites the spilled petrol tank of a news team's van, causing the van to explode and sending a barbed wire fence flying which dismembers Rory. Tom, Kimberly, and Clear race to the hospital. On the way, Kimberly has another vision of what she thinks is "Dr. Kalarjian" trying to strangle Isabella. When they arrive, they witness Isabella giving birth. They rejoice but both Eugene and Clear are killed in a gas explosion because Isabella was never meant to die in the pile-up. Kimberly makes a bold move by stealing an ambulance and driving into a nearby lake to sacrifice herself. She nearly drowns but is saved by Burke and then revived in the hospital by Dr. Kalarjian. The vision from earlier was Dr. Kalarjian standing by her side, not strangling Isabella. She and Tom are relieved that they have finally defeated Death.
Some time later, Kimberly, her father, Tom, and the Gibbons, who helped the survivors during their car crash, have a barbecue. The Gibbons mention to Tom and Kimberly that Rory saved Brian from being killed by the van, which the two apparently did not see. They realize that they are not safe after all just as the barbecue explodes and blows Brian to pieces. The film ends with Brian's arm landing on his mother's plate.
- Ali Larter as Clear Rivers
- A.J. Cook as Kimberly Corman
- Michael Landes as Officer Thomas Burke
- T.C. Carson as Eugene Dix
- Jonathan Cherry as Rory Peters
- Keegan Connor Tracy as Kat Jennings
- Tony Todd as William Bludworth
- Lynda Boyd as Nora Carpenter
- David Paetkau as Evan Lewis
- Justina Machado as Isabella Hudson
- James Kirk as Tim Carpenter
- Sarah Carter as Shaina
- Alex Rae as Dano
- Shaun Sipos as Frankie
- Andrew Airlie as Mr. Corman
- Noel Fisher as Brian Gibbons
List of deathsEdit
List of deaths in the film Final Destination 2.
|Name||Cause of Death||Killer||On Screen||Notes|
|Alex Browning||Severe Head Trauma: died when a loose brick fell on his head.||Death||No||Died between Final Destination and Final Destination 2: this was mentioned in the film.|
|Route 23 Victims||Various: died in a pile-up/car crash||Death||Yes||Shown fully in a vision, partially shown when it really happened.|
|Shaina, Dano, Frankie||Blunt Force Trauma/Explosion: the SUV they were in, was hit in the flank by an 18-wheeler, that shortly after led to an explosion.||Death||Yes|
|Evan Lewis||Impalement: was impaled through the eye, by a falling ladder.||Death||Yes|
|Tim Carpenter||Crushing: was crushed under the glass plate, which fell from great height.||Death||Yes|
|Nora Carpenter||Decapitation: was beheaded after elevator doors trapped her neck and started moving upwards.||Death||Yes|
|Kat Jennings||Impalement: after a car accident, a plastic pipe impaled the headrest of her seat. When a rescue worker tried to free her, he accidentally activated the airbag, impaling her head on the pipe.||Death||Yes|
|Rory Peters||Trisection: trisected by razor wire fence, that was blown away by Kat's car exploding. The wire cut his torso into three pieces and cut of his right arm.||Death||Yes|
|Eugene Dix||Explosion: died when an electrical ignited a leaking oxygen tank, that exploded as a result.||Death||Partially|
|Clear Rivers||Explosion: caught in the blast that killed Eugene||Death||Yes||Original survivor from Final Destination|
|Brian Giddons||Explosion: died when the gas barbecue explodedan electrical ignited a leaking oxygen tank, that exploded as a result.||Death||Yes||Brian was orginally saved by Rory from being run over by a news van|
On its release, Final Destination 2 received generally mixed reviews from critics, earning a 47% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 106 reviews (50 positive, 56 negative). While most praised it for its special effects and inventive death sequences, some dismissed it as being 'an average sequel to an average movie'. Nevertheless, this film has received the highest score amongst the four films in the franchise on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film has landed on many "best car crash/accidents" lists including one by New York Magazine which cited the highway pile-up scene as the greatest car crash in movie history, calling it "the new gold standard for car-related chaos in cinema". Even acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino was quoted as saying that the opening scene was "a magnificent car action piece". The highway pile up was nominated for "Best Action Sequence" at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.
- "Main Title" – 2:48
- "Kimberly's Lake Premonition" – 2:03
- "Blow-Out" – 1:44
- "Coincidence-Kimberly Remembers Mom" – 2:27
- "Killer Kayak" – 1:11
- "Nora's Turn-Eugene Freaks" – 3:40
- "Kimberly Goes to See Clear" – 1:51
- "Kimberly Sees Dr. Kalarjan" – 0:47
- "Ba Bye Kat & Mustang" – 1:19
- "Dad and Kimberly" – 0:45
- "Pigeons" – 2:39
- "Eugene's Oxygen" – 2:54
- "New Life" – 1:59
- "2 Left" – 4:21
- "We Did It" – 0:40
Songs featured in the motion picture Edit
- "Dance with Me" - Performed by The Sounds
- "Rock'n Roll" - Performed by The Sounds
- "Highway to Hell" - Performed by AC/DC
- "Jon F. Hennessy" - Performed by FT
- "Middle of Nowhere" - Performed by The Blank Theory
- "Vitamin" - Performed by Incubus
- "I Got You" - Performed by Planet Earth
- "Rocky Mountain High" - Performed by Pete Snell
- "Rocky Mountain High" - Performed by Jude Christodal
- "My Name Is Death" - Performed by Jude Christodal