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Speed 2 - Cruise Control

Speed 2 - Cruise Control (1997)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 66

Speed 2 falls far short of its predecessor, thanks to laughable dialogue, thin characterization, unsurprisingly familiar plot devices, and action sequences that fail to generate any excitement.

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 20

Speed 2 falls far short of its predecessor, thanks to laughable dialogue, thin characterization, unsurprisingly familiar plot devices, and action sequences that fail to generate any excitement.

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Indications were that this action sequel was in trouble before production began, when the male lead from the first film, Keanu Reeves, declined a role in the follow-up. Sandra Bullock returns as Annie Porter, an accident-prone ditz who is thrilled when her boyfriend Alex (Jason Patric) presents her with two tickets for a cruise ship vacation to the Bahamas. The trip is a peace offering presented because Annie has just learned that Alex is a police officer who's been lying to her about his choice

Mar 9, 1999

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (66) | DVD (8)

An ear-splitting amusement-park attraction posing as a movie.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Speed 2 is frantic action, tinny dialogue, perfunctory characterization and tried-and-false plot pilferings.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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De Bont remains an expert director of action, but putting the reference to cruise control in the title serves as fair warning of an unengaged filmmaker on automatic pilot.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[A] truly horrid sequel.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Speed cost something like $30 million; this sequel cost four times as much. So why is it such a feeble, aimless piece of junk in comparison?

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The human propensity to tamper with a good thing is probably ineluctable.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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First, the good news: Unlike most action film sequels, Speed 2: Cruise Control is not a mere retread of the original. Now the bad news: Better it had been.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

There's very little to tell about the story that you can't figure out from the two-minute trailer.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

De Bont's annoyingly jerky camera seldom stays still, the personable and appealing Bullock is given virtually nothing to do, [and] the plot twists range from the incredible to the absurd.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Familiarity quickly breeds contempt, with Bullock rather obviously just along for the ride.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Speed 2's a test of patience.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's all very disappointing.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Action heroes are best when they are charming, winsome and witty. Bullock is inane, annoying and whiny.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

A movie that is blessedly bad enough to ensure that there will be no Speed 3.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It's all idiotic but energetic, directed by Jan De Bont in his usual techno-action style.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The wind goes out of this tub's sails long before it reaches port.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

By the time you get to rescue Annie from the madman one last time, it's time to check out.

July 21, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Speed 2 - Cruise Control

'Die Hard on a bus' and now...yep you guessed it 'Die Hard on a boat', well cruise liner. I guess the first thing that instantly jumps out at you here is the fact the film is called Speed 2 but its on a slow moving cruiser liner!. Hardly speed is it, more like err...cruising, I get the feeling they just wanted to use a cruise ship so they could use their highly imaginative tag of 'cruise control'.

Seriously I've read into this and there were some really decent ideas for a follow up. Nothing original of course, they all copied the exact same premise as the original but at least they could offer up some more thrills than a cruise liner. One plot involved a plane that couldn't ascend above 10,000 feet whilst flying through some mountains, kinda daft but sounds better right?.

So this basically really absolutely is a complete 'Die Hard' rip off, it really is. Recently fired crazy ass Dafoe wants revenge on the company (ships computer systems) that wrongfully terminated him because he was ill. So he decides to sabotage one of his own computer systems on board a large expensive cruise liner and steer it into a disaster whilst pinching all the valuables on board. Again at the end of the day he's just after some jewellery, weak. Its pretty much 'Die Hard/Under Siege' with more comedy and way way less blood and violence, actually check that, there is hardly any blood and violence in this, its bordering on PG territory.

Bullock's character has dumped 'Jack Traven' from the first much better film and now she's with the receding hair line of Jason Patric. I guess what's so dumb about this film is firstly Patric just doesn't come across as the hero type, oh sure he's leaping around and trying to be action man every five minutes but the guy just looks anything but. I know heroes don't have to be muscle bound macho men with good hair but Patric? really?? this guy is the wrong kind of actor for a role like this. The other thing that bugs you is the fact his character is such a fudging goodie goodie and always trying to save everyone. Even on board this cruise liner which he knows nothing about, doesn't have a clue where to go and basically shouldn't be poking his nose into anything, he still goes around barking orders at the crew! and they obey him!!! as if!!! in reality they'd tell him to flip off.

Bullock is completely sidelined to virtually a cameo really, she does nothing at all other than offer up terrible dialog attempting to be comic relief. She's even more annoying than in the first film and even more wet (situation aside), in fact the badly portrayed passengers are not as annoying as Bullock. Then you have Dafoe as the villain, well I say villain but he isn't really that evil, he merely switches off all the electrics and gets everybody to evacuate. Would stuff on a ship tend to blow up and cause so much destruction when the electrics go down? seems odd.

Funny thing is if everybody had just gotten off as he demanded in the first place, none of the ensuing mess would of occured!...well almost.

I realise Dafoe's baddie character knows the ship inside out and can control whatever he likes but you always get the feeling he's not much of a challenge. Time and again it seems like he could of been caught plus he also comes across as someone Bullock could beat in a fight. His plan also seems very over indulgent simply for stealing some jewels, takes him half the film to get it set up yet takes him fives minutes to do the deed. He then messes around for no real reason when he could of just gotten away no problem, all this kinda makes the action sequences seem unnecessary and forced.

The film is way more goofy than the first and hardly feels like a real action film at all. There is way too much stupid comedy and idiotic dialog...oh and some awful reoccurring character cameos from the first film which almost make the film into a parody. Even Dafoe's baddie isn't immune to the ridiculous daftness, he contributes with various silly faces to exaggerate the heat of the moment.

The film does look pretty good I can't deny, the ship interiors, exteriors and various CGI shots are nicely done. This all comes to a head in the finale where De Bont takes the opportunity to destroy half a port town by ramming the cruise liner into it purely to show off lots of destruction and fancy effects/models. Even that doesn't really work though because of the awful comic relief which ruins any real tension. This is the films fault all the way through, you never at any point feel nervous or tense despite the fact you're watching an action film about a hijacking. The whole thing is totally juvenile and not in the least bit exciting, and no sticking Patric on a cool motorbike chase sequence at the start doesn't make him look any cooler, just more out of place.
August 2, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Not as good as the first movie. This time it's a speeding boat! Good cast.
February 20, 2013
thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Whereas SPEED was implausible fun, SPEED 2 is a thoroughly quizzical bore. The first half an hour is a fluffy romance. Alex waves tickets to a cruise liner in front of Annie's face, Annie complains, cut to the next scene when they're on the ship and suddenly Annie is having the time of her life, flaunt the grandeurs of the cruise ship, flaunt Annie's love toward Alex, yadda yadda yadda. There is little transition to the panicking of the action sequences that begin nearly thirty-five minutes through, and we're still stuck in the bright, happy, cheerful state of mind that blanketed the film for so long. The worst part about these action sequences is that somehow, they can't manage (even with a villain who is slightly less corny than Dennis Hopper) to make a human heart accelerate any faster than it normally does. The first SPEED was a well-done thriller. Acting, camerawork, and music guaranteed heartrate to double. But those all seem to drown here. I got tired of predicting and laughing at every action that happened, so I got bored. I got bored of being bored, so I asked for some chloroform.

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July 13, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

You can't franchise Speed in cruise control, no sperm in these germs.
February 13, 2012
Chiefilms
Lenny Muggsy

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