Speed 2 - Cruise Control 1997

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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 of profession. Little does the happy couple know that the disgruntled John Geiger (Willem Dafoe), designer of the ship's computer system, has plotted a violent takeover of the vessel and a diamond hijacking that puts everyone on board in mortal danger. Being the dashing police officer he is, Alex leaps into action and tries to stop Geiger, but not before the ship crashes at top velocity into a Caribbean port town. Sandra Bullock agreed to star in this flop of a sequel in order to get financial backing for a pet project, Hope Floats (1998), a low-budget drama that turned a healthy profit.~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Colleen Camp, Patrika Darbo
Rental Formats:
DVD

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Colleen Camp, Patrika Darbo, Kimmy Robertson, Brian McCardie, Temuera Morrison, Willem Dafoe, Bo Svenson, Michael Hagerty, Susan Barnes, Christine Firkins, Glenn Plummer, Jason Patric, Lois Chiles, Connie Ray, Sandra Bullock, Francis Guinan
Director Jan De Bont
Genres Crime, Thriller
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 13 May 2004
Main languages English
Subtitles Icelandic, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 9 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I actually truly must stick up for this movie as I love it, its just an old school classic action movie! hell yeah its cheesy in places but that just adds to the charm, its big, bold and lots of fun on a massive scale, way more than the original, am I the only one who actually thinks the original is boring? speed the original had Keanu who just is a donkey turd at acting in anything, Dennis hopper who was boring, I think Willem Defoe was a great villain, much better, an over the top eccentric performance and a good story arc, of course Sandra Bullock is back who I love, crazy over the top again but she's a fine actress and good to look at, this sequel has bigger action, more plausible as they are on water and not in traffic, great budget explosions etc., Jason Patric is a decent lead, better than Keanu any day, this is top popcorn fun and classic action from start to finish, underrated I say, go back to it you will probably enjoy it!!
This Blu-ray import is region A but is not locked so it plays on UK players no problem!! great picture, has a HBO behind the scenes 30mins, and trailers!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PmacF on 2 Aug 2014
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This review is for the blu-ray release.

Despite this film getting blasted at the box office and receiving terrible reviews, this is one of my favourite movies from the 90's. One of those "switch your brain off and enjoy" movies. Jason Patric is good in this film, much better than wooden Keanu Reeves from the first installment. Sandra Bullock is "alright". The film's score by Mark Mancina is awesome.

Now for the actual blu-ray quality. A huge step up from the DVD version, particularly in the sound department. Dialogue is clear and centralised, LFE output is solid and provides that much needed UMMPPH, especially in the second half of the movie when the ship is on a collision course with (you know what). Picture quality is fine for a fairly old release, detail on faces can appear a little soft at times, but is a big step up from the DVD version.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tom Robinson VINE VOICE on 24 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
The sequel to one of the decade's defining action blockbusters should have been pretty straightforward. All Jan De Bont (the film's director) had to do was follow five rules. One, come up with an immensely high concept. Two, maintain the action at a relatively swift pace. Three, give Annie (Sandra Bullock's character) plenty to say because audiences love her. Four, introduce a psychotic villain to scowl and yell like Dennis Hopper. And five, give us plenty more of Keanu Reeves character, SWAT boy Jack Traven, to woo the hearts of the female audience and bust the balls of anyone who gets in his way.
Rule one receives a big fat tick, as the filmmakers come up with a neat reversal of the original. If the newly chosen mode of transport DOESN'T stop, then everyone is in trouble. From this point on though, everything else receives a big fat cross. Rule two is immediately stuffed up by setting the forthcoming events on...wait for it...a cruise ship, meaning the action now progresses with the momentum of a wounded snail attempting to navigate through a puddle of treacle. Rule three also screws up with the screenwriters' decision to relegate Sandra Bullock to the sidelines, oohing and aahing as the men battle it out.
Rule four dies the moment that Willem Dafoe begins to gurn like Jim Carrey with severe constipation. Worst of all, we are informed that his nutjob has a strange blood disease that requires him to apply leeches at regular moments throughout the film...to think that someone actually got paid to write this stuff. And as for rule five...well, it appears to have been thrown out of a very tall building, as it is goodbye Keanu Reeves and hello Jason 'mahogany' Patric. Add dialogue that lands with the thud of a computer instruction manual, as well as clumsy and quite simply pathetic directing, and you are left with a film that sinks to the ocean floor. A one star film at best and it was lucky to get that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 4 July 2014
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Summer 1997 - a high-octane trailer for Speed 2 precedes Con Air in cinemas. Audiences are impressed. "That looks good", they say. Con Air is a number 1 hit in early June. One week later (Friday the 13th no doubt) it is knocked-off the top spot by Speed 2. Audiences are still shell-shocked by the trailer and by memories of the 1994 hit. By the following week all goodwill that anyone was willing to lend the film had evaporated and it plummeted from the top spot at the box office to fifth. Two weeks later it would be out of the top 10. A bad result for a $110-million movie.

Speed 2 was originally scheduled for release in the UK in October 1997 but was switched with Volcano (another Fox production) for an August 15th release date. Apparently Fox wanted to be done with the movie as soon as possible. This was before the internet allowed every minute detail of a movie to be scrutinized before its release. Speed 2 wasn't released worldwide as much as it was purged.

I hate Speed. Keanu Reeves is a terrible actor and I have called his performance in that film one of the worst efforts in the past two decades. He is superseded in Speed 2 by the much more likable Jason Patic as Alex Shaw, an LAPD renegade who takes Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock playing up the ditzyness) on a cruise on the Seabourn Legend (a real ship) in the Caribbean. Their holiday is interrupted by John Giger, a likable maniac in the Travis Dane mold who seizes control of the ship and plans to rob the purser's safe in revenge for being fired by the parent company.

Most of the passengers are evacuated onto lifeboats, leaving a handful in danger as the ship heads forward at a whopping 14-miles-per-hour on a collision course with an oil tanker.
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