An ear-splitting amusement-park attraction posing as a movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
There's very little to tell about the story that you can't figure out from the two-minute trailer.
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.
Familiarity quickly breeds contempt, with Bullock rather obviously just along for the ride.
| Original Score: 2/5
Speed 2's a test of patience.
It's all very disappointing.
Speed 2 is frantic action, tinny dialogue, perfunctory characterization and tried-and-false plot pilferings.
Action heroes are best when they are charming, winsome and witty. Bullock is inane, annoying and whiny.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
A movie that is blessedly bad enough to ensure that there will be no Speed 3.
| Original Score: 1/4
[A] truly horrid sequel.
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?
The human propensity to tamper with a good thing is probably ineluctable.
It's all idiotic but energetic, directed by Jan De Bont in his usual techno-action style.
The wind goes out of this tub's sails long before it reaches port.
In Speed 2, De Bont is, so to speak, at sea.
Speed 2 is the most exciting to date of this summer's big action pictures.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's a complete lack of story that explains why this expensive production from the proficient creator of Speed and Twister sputters out on the high seas.
| Original Score: D+
By the time you get to rescue Annie from the madman one last time, it's time to check out.