For all of you budding screenwriters, here is a simple set of guidelines to help you pen the next Final Destination film (yes, there will probably be another, even if it's direct-to-video): First, devise really hideous, graphic ways for people to die -- five or six deaths should do it. Second, tie the gruesomeness together by having paper-thin characters explain the plot -- the grim reaper gives chase to those who've cheated death -- over and over again. Lastly, keep the dialogue simple and void of any entertaining qualities, relying on devices like flipping the bird for big laughs.

That, in summary, is all of Final Destination 2, the generally bland follow-up to the far more likable original from 2000. Here, instead of a clairvoyant teenage boy having visions of a plane explosion, there's an equally clairvoyant teenage girl getting a premonitory look at a massive highway pileup. Director (and former stunt expert) David R. Ellis (Homeward Bound II), and first-time screenwriters J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress really don't get much more creative than that, instead leaning on the concept of the original to get them through.

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