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Speed 2: Cruise Control [1997] [DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
Annie is thrilled when her boyfriend Alex presents her with two tickets for a cruise to the Bahamas on a Norwegian luxury liner.

The trip is a peace offering presented because Annie has just learnt that Alex is a police officer who's been lying to her about his job.

Alex lied because Annie didn't want to date any more cops after what happened with the bus in Los Angeles. The cruise ship's passengers include members of a diamond dealers' association, who have filled the ship's vault with valuable diamonds.

Little do they know that passenger John Geiger, the designer of the ship's computer system, has planned to take over the ship, steal the diamonds, and set the ship on a collision course with an oil tanker. Geiger was fired and cast aside by the computer company he worked for, and he wants revenge......

Nowhere near as bad as what people are saying on here, the film is dumb in many ways, but it's a little bit of fun, very bright and breezy, and features a really good explosion at the end.

Bullock does her ditsy shtick here, and it really grates at times, so we switch to Patric, who looks more concerned about getting wet and wondering what happened to his hair in The Lost Boys, a dull hero.

So we are left with Dafoe, who is clearly having a ball and enjoying the sun and fat pay-cheque.

For some reason, UB40 are on the ship, but you never see them again, and then guess who pops up near the end, the annoying bloke from speed, and they homage his scenes front that in this!!!

It's lethargic at times and knowing that the budget on this was $160 million, would make anyone hate it, but it's not a bad film and certainly not De bont's worst film.
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on 5 December 2010
Speed 2 suffered from that occasional curse of sequels:
"We MUST make it - the first one made us TONS of money!"
As a result we get a movie that was rushed into production with everyone expecting it to work the holy trinity of Hollywood - IE: that it would be a) a mega cash-cow at the box office, b) tremendously exciting, and c) feature above average snappy dialogue and chemistry between the leads.
As is widely known, it tanked. People couldn't get excited about something that could just about scrape 30 knots (approx something like 36 mph), wasn't wired to totally blow up, and wallowed like a shiny whale. For a movie called 'Speed' 2, everybody pointed out, wasn't it counter-intuitive to set it on one of the slowest forms of transport in the world?
Despite all that, and despite both the writers & producers and returning director Jan De Bont 'pass-the-parcelling' the blame backwards and forwards between each other about where it messed up, it really isn't all that bad.
Underrated Jason Patrick (pretty good as an action-man, and certainly looking like he's put in the gym time for the part) plays Sandra Bullock's new boyfriend. We're indulged about where Keanu went with a brief explanation that she can't cope with the worry of dating a SWAT cop. Unfortunately for her, that's exactly what new beau Alex does for a living, so to make up for hiding it he whisks her away for a luxury cruise to the Caribbean.
All well and good, until irritable computer genius Willem Dafoe seizes the ship in a cunning and ruthless scheme.
The chemistry between Bullock and Patrick works - it just suffers a little in comparison to the 1,000 candlewatt energy and hungry enthusiasm of Reeves and Bullock in the original Speed - a lower budget sleeper hit that wasn't expected to do quite as well as it actually did.
It also has a slightly more laconic script. This one's clearly meant to allow the characters to grow a little, with a bit more chat before the mayhem hits.
Once it does, it's actually quite impressive. The dangers and mechanics of a vessel weighing as much as an apartment block going out of control are slickly presented (especially in an enjoyably over-the-top destructive finale), and we get a lot of moments of Bullock and Patrick in peril either trapped in compartments or getting soaked to save the passengers. Willem Dafoe overplays his wide-eyed maniac of a bad guy, but despite the side of ham he brings with him and the bizarre back story he gets, he still manages to seem like enough of a nasty piece of work for you to enjoy the tension and danger between his hijacker and the good guys.
The scenery is gorgeous, the direction is pretty flashy, and there are a fair few gunshots and explosions. It just could have done with tighter pacing and fewer of the big set pieces relying on delayed countdowns of 'is it going to...' expectation.
Don't let the negative comments put you off completely - it's trashy and a let down as a sequel, but it's still fun in its own right.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 June 2004
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2008
Oh Dear. Speed never need a sequel. It was a solid action movie with good performances and - most importantly - lots of speed, the essence of the film. Unfortunately, Speed 2 lacks both of these things, as well as anything else which could make it a good film.

Annie (Bullock) is off on a cruise with her new boyfriend, Alex (Patric). But surprisingly things don't go to plan when a crazy ex-employee of the ferry company with a terminal disease (Dafoe) takes over the ship using only his laptop. So its up to Alex, Annie and a few stupid crewmen to save the day.

So that's it in the way of plot. I'd go onto character development but there's nothing to say about that so I'll skip to the acting. Although Bullock is given top billing, she is (unfortunately) relegated to the sidelines and Keanu replacement Jason Patric does most of the work. As for his acting abilities, lets just say a coffee table would have been more convincing. And you thought Keanu Reeves was wooden. Dafoe is almost as bad.

Another area of dire quality is the script. Actually, atrocious would be more appropriate. Unlike the original it's filled with lots of "funny" bits, which only made me cringe even more than I was doing before. Even the action is poor. Where Speed screamed along at 100mph, the sequel kind of meanders along like a pensioner driver.

Verdict: Bad story, bad acting, bad script, bad film. Sitting through this film is as torturous as listening to Westlife. So in case you haven't caught on yet, AVOID THIS FILM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2015
Rubbish! This movie hasn't got much quality I'm afraid. She seems to have lost her edge, running around looking for someone to protect her! Come on girl, work it out!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2002
From the moment the ship leaves port, anything smacking of plasuibility is thrown overboard. An example is our hero swimming through the bilges of the ship, where one would expect him to have to endure dark, dirty, stomach churning conditions. Instead, the water is crystal clear and brightly lit. This sums up the anti-septic nature of the action of this film, which never gets anywhere near emulating the pain and suffering the hero has to endure in, say "Die Hard". It's as if the director and his cast gave up on the idea of creating a suspense thriller and instead thought they'd have a go at picking up where "Carry On Cruising" left off - they failed here too. Final confirmation for me that they'd lost the plot came when our hero turns the ship by manually operating the ship's bow thrusters. The ship must weigh in at 20,000 tons minimum - Somehow I think Schwarzenegger would even have met his match here.
Not much else to say except watch out for UB40 as the ship's band - funny, haven't heard much from them lately.
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on 16 March 2015
We enjoyed this film, we love Sandra Bullock films ..you can almost guarantee it is going to be good, usually action with laughs & a touch of romance. This one is no different, fun and action packed. I am not going to spoil the film by telling you about it and what I like and think is good you may not. Fun film that our family enjoyed 11 upwards...not too raunchy, I did not hear any bad language...so a good family film for 10/11 years upwards .a few explosions..
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2000
Possibly the worst film I have ever seen, it is full of impossibly stupid situations. The fact that the title refers to a more-than fast-paced situation, you would expect some action. But no. All you get is an annoyingly monotonous two hours of boredom. Sandra Bullock is especially disappointing considering her fiesty role in the original blockbuster. Jason Patrick is fairly likeable, but Bullock is irritatingly shrill to the extreme. My advice is to look elsewhere, as Jan De Bont here has delivered a poor movie on a not-too-exciting disc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sandra ("Oh my gawd!") Bullock suffers a serious case of déjà vu as she sets sail for one of the most cringeworthy sequels ever made. With a budget of over two hundred million dollars, one would expect at least two things; that with the same money it took produce 'Titanic' (also released in 1997), you would enjoy a movie with a more than descent script, and that the plot would make some sort of sense. Alas, this is not the case.

Speed 2 falls into the 'Armageddon' category - that being the only way to enjoy it is to literally disengage your brain and naively accept everything that is thrown at you. But for those who prefer to stay plugged in, you will ultimately suffer a headache from some serious face-palming (that's modern lingo for slapping one's head, 'dude') after two hours of this nonsense.

I'm not even sure how they (20th Century Fox, the masters of action flicks) could allow this to go so wrong after the quite enjoyable first movie. It all kicks off when Annie, who only 3-minutes into the film is already having good ol' "Oh my gawd!" session (during a driving test of course, so she can enjoy behaving dumb) suddenly discovers that her boyfriend is none other than some secret mysterious cop... guy... as he comes crashing in front of her during a car chase. And I can assure you that Officer Alex Shaw was NOT picked for his acting ability; rather, he has the chiseled jaw that you could set your watch to and biceps that will no doubt crush a weaklings head.

The outcome of this incident is that Annie suddenly comes to her senses: she doesn't 'know' this guy. She didn't know he was a cop, and quite frankly, she pretty much admits that he's almost a stranger. This begs the question of why they would even be partners in the first place, but the insipid script would suggest that they're just common Hollywood morons. How are they going to patch things up? Well, like in all new relationships, they go on a cruise to the Caribbean.

Now things can get interesting! I mean, what could go wrong?...

After boarding what appears to be either an undersized cruise 'ship' or an oddly designed ferry (which I warn you, seems to change in proportion many times throughout the movie), we can finally familiarise ourselves with the hapless idiots that make up all the cliche' in the book... The crazy babbling black guy, the group of screaming fat women, the casanova who likens his chances with anything demonstrating a pulse and, of course, the crew members who are about as helpful as a chocolate teapot.

It's a fine mixture for the chaos that ensues. The touch paper is provided by some crazy guy called Will...llem...liam... ... W. Defoe (all I know is that he fought in Vietnam with Charlie Sheen) who basically wants to be a douche bag and crash the ship because the shipping company he worked for fired him.

Oh.

... Well, once you've got over that BOMBSHELL, and what is essentially the main catalyst for everything that happens, you're pretty much stuck with an underwhelming motive for destruction. Add to this the fact that although he wants revenge on the company he worked for, he uses this chance to take over the ship and steal the passengers jewellery from the ship's safe (which we don't see how he got into). I mean seriously, aren't their easier ways to imitate the Pink Panther?

It doesn't matter though, because after hacking into the ship's main computer terminal controlling thing-a-majig (you know, that Hollywood thing that all bad guys 'hack' into to cause some trouble), he can suddenly control everything from a computer keyboard on his arm. Someone's after him? Randomly press buttons and the doors around him close. Change the ship's course? Randomly press buttons... You get the drift. No pun intended.

So once he's had his bit of fun and stalled the ship temporarily, jackass Officer Alex Shaw can - literally - smell something wrong, because the smoke being vented from the ducts (caused by a fiendish fire decoy) is not the right compound. Rather than just getting in a liferaft like every other passenger, he just has to stay on board and suddenly take control WITHOUT telling a single person crew member for the rest of the movie that he's even a cop! They all just assume that he's, like, Steven Segal on another ship.

The movie then touches on just about every cliché going for the next hour... Trapped passengers, a child in a flooding room, the dumb British characters, "My god....", and of course the epic finalé How epic is it? Well, I don't know what the screenwriters were drinking, but I have no idea how this constantly shrinking-largening vessel could possibly crash into a harbour, crawl onto land and continue to devastate a lush Caribbean waterfront whilst maintaining a constant speed and structural integrity. How does the ship one minute completely leave the sea and destroy everything in its path, then on the final shot of the movie, provide an accomplished-but-tradgic view of it still touching the water?

The outcome isn't as entertaining as process, of course. We have a crew member yelling out the speed every time it decreases (Since when have a ship's propellers been a reliable source for speed on dry land?), the passengers being flailed left, right and centre, Sandra Bullock held hostage as usual and Officer Idiot flexing his muscles whilst making - seemingly - futile attempts to stop the ship.

You think this all sounds pessimistic? Excuse yet another pun, but I'm only touching the iceberg here. The difference between this movie and it's predecessor was that the former had motives (if questionable ones) for drama and destruction. This on the other hand is just a confused excuse to holiday in the Caribbean and destroy things.

Wait a minute.. Why's this even called 'Speed'? It has NOTHING in relation to the concept of speed or the original movie! Ahh hell with it, I'm tired now.
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