Using a scene from the Final Destination oeuvre for this series always feels like a cheat beforehand; I mean, the movies are nothing but minimal story stringing together ingenious bloodbath after ingenious bloodbath, so it's gotta be easy, right? Just pick a death, any death. But then I think about it and realize - how do I boil these deaths down to their essence? How do I find a simple phrase to capture the wonderful Rube Goldbergian proportions of all the dominoes set in place to get us to that end? Take my favorite death from the entire series - from Final Destination 2 to be exact. It starts with a simple tire blow-out:
The SUV filled with our constantly-in-peril "characters" careens off the road into a field, where they crash through bales of hay and a wooden fence that sends a pole through the driver's side door, pinning the driver to her seat:
The SUV keeps going, flying straight at a randomly (read: conveniently) placed stack of PVC pipes:
Which shoot through the back of the crashing SUV:
But everybody's okay! That pipe went through the driver's seat but was a near miss; phew! Our driver is stuck in the car, though, because of that gosh-darned log pinning her legs down:
Thankfully helps arrives to save the day and get her out with the jaws of life:
Oh whoops, forgot about the airbag (not to mention that shattered PVC pipe right behind her head...):
That's gonna leave a mark:
See what I mean? Impossible to capture the devious ingenuity of the scene in a single phrase ("Bitten By The Jaws of Life"? "PVC Pile-On"?) or couple of screen-grabs. So, simple? Notsomuch. Delightfully twisted? Oh indeed; in spades!
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